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Div. III: Queen Creek vs. Desert Edge championship preview

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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:39 pm | Updated: 3:39 pm, Fri Nov 23, 2012.

Division III Championship

No. 1 Desert Edge vs. No. 2 Queen Creek

What: Division III state championship game

When: Saturday, 3:07 p.m.

Where: Sun Devil Stadium

TV: Fox Sports Arizona

Internet: AIA365.com

Records: Desert Edge 13-0; Queen Creek 13-0

Desert Edge leaders: QB Sawyer Lung (146-225, 3,119 yards, 36 TD, 7 INT); RB Kyle Woolard (174 rushes, 1,545 yards, 13 TD); WR Elijah Marks (53 rec., 1,306 yards, 18 TD); WR/LB Ismael Murphy-Richardson (28 rec., 731 yards, 11 TD; 64 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 2 INT, 4 fumble recoveries); LB Raheem Dowdell (105 tackles, 5 sacks, INT).

Queen Creek leaders: QB Carson Jones (128-188, 2,003 yards, 18 TD, 4 INT); RB Matt Guida (183 att., 2,668 yards, 30 TD); RB Marcus Still (79 att., 856 yards, 11 TD); WR Gabe Vasquez (42 rec., 775 yards, 8 TD); DB Mike Graff 59 tackles, 9 INT; LB Dean Wenger (123 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 INT).

Keys to the game

Desert Edge’s big-play passing game vs. Queen Creek’s stout secondary: The Bulldogs’ defensive backs are well-disciplined ballhawks. Most teams have trouble moving the ball against this unit, but the Scorpions have the most talented receivers Queen Creek has faced. Elijah Marks and Ismael Murphy-Richardson are both averaging more than 24 yards per reception and will try to break loose for big gains.

Queen Creek RB Matt Guida vs. the Desert Edge running defense: Guida leads the state in rushing (2,668 yards) and yards per carry (14.58). The star junior has rushed for 193 yards or more in his past five games and another such performance would go a long way in carrying the Bulldogs to the title. Desert Edge, though, held Thunderbird star running back Kani Benoit to 81 yards rushing in the season opener and Saguaro to 4.1 yards per carry in the quarterfinals. Defensive lineman R.J. Tui leads the Scorpions tough defense.

Bend or break: The Queen Creek defense forces teams to take short gains and drive the length of the field. If Desert Edge can avoid penalties and mistakes, it should be able to put up points on the Bulldogs. However, if they are consistently in 3rd-and-long situations, turnovers could be coming. The Scorpions must remain patient in order to solve the Bulldogs’ defense.

Queen Creek


QB — Carson Jones

RB — Matt Guida

FB — David Genantonio

WR — Gabe Vasquez

OL — Cody McGhee

OL — Chris Ervin

OL — Shane Till

OL — Carson Sawyer

OL — Dalton Tebbs

TE — Travis Cavanaugh

WR — Mike Graff


DL — Dejon Thompson

DL — Drake Danielson

DL — Dawson Prickett

DL — Caleb Tate

LB — Dean Wenger

LB — Luis Moreno

LB — Shane Till

DB — Colton Moore

DB — Mike Graff

DB — Tyler Johnson

DB — Derek Arrington


K — Miguel Ibarra

KR — Weston Barlow

P — Colton Moore

PR — Mike Graff

Desert Edge


QB — Sawyer Lung

RB — Kyle Woolard

WR — Elijah Marks

WR — C.J. Heard

OL — J.R. Parra

OL — Dylan Cary

OL — Mark Morrison

OL — Israel Reyes

OL — Brage Cape

WR — Jordan Jackson

WR — Ismael Murphy-Richardson


DL — Tomas Macedo

DL — R.J. Tui

DL — Will Rodriguez

LB — Jonathan Snyder

LB — Josh Famolaro

LB — Raheem Dowdell

LB — Ismael Murphy-Richardson

DB — Ronald Dowdell

DB — Paul Davis

DB — Kyle Woolard

DB — K.J. Sells


K — Chris Brown

KR — Kyle Woolard

P — Chris Brown

PR — Kyle Woolard

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[Stats Courtesy of MaxPreps]