Accidental overtime made life difficult this week at Phoenix St. Mary’s, where an already short week became shorter.
St. Mary’s coach Pat Farrell said a car crashed into a telephone pole during last Friday’s game against Phoenix Trevor Browne, which knocked out power for 8 square miles. After waiting two hours, both teams had little recourse but to go back and play Saturday morning.
“We had no timeline on potential repair and had to play it by ear, and the last thing you want to do is return the next day,” Farrell said. “We tried to stretch it as far as reasonable thoughts would allow. At some point we had no choice.”
So the game resumed early Saturday, and the coaches were watching film by Saturday night. With games tonight instead of Friday, the Knights had less than three days to prepare for tonight’s game against Mesa Westwood and an option offense they’ve never seen.
“We’re not going to be as fully prepared as you like, but we didn’t have much choice,” Farrell said.
New Pride coach Phil Abbadessa rediscovered kicker Spencer Thompson this spring, and it’s been a booming success.
The senior soccer player and track athlete didn’t play football last season, but Abbadessa invited him out for the team when he took over as coach. Thompson hit a 55-yard field goal in last week’s win against Maryvale and hit a 50-yarder against Westwood in the season opener. He’s also averaging 43.4 yards per punt, and has drawn interest from the Naval Academy to play soccer. Now there’s an unexpected tug between “futball” and football. “His ability has opened some doors,” Abbadessa said. “He’s having fun kicking field goals and finding another avenue.”
Chandler Hamilton wideout Kerry Taylor caught 13 passes for 208 yards last week in the loss to Massillon, Ohio. The 13 receptions set a singlegame school record. Also, quarterback Brad Gruner’s 271 yards passing set a single-game mark for the school.
Chandler quarterback Kyle Hess will be recognized today as the Arizona Cardinals high school player of the week. Hess passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score in helping the Wolves rally past Westwood last week, 37-26.
With tonight’s game against Tucson Flowing Wells and next week’s game at Phoenix North, Mesa High will have taken on five schools that rely heavily on the pass.
They are used to it. But beginning with East Valley Region play Oct. 6, the Jackrabbits will see the opposite. ‘‘The first five games we play schools with passing-league offenses,’’ Mesa coach Dennis Parker said. ‘‘Then we start region and we’re in a region that doesn’t know what the forward pass is. It will take some getting used to.’’
Sentinels coach Pete Wahlheim will be recognized today as the Arizona Cardinals high school coach of the week. Wahlheim’s squad upset top-ranked Coolidge, 32-20, last week and is now No. 2 in 3A.
Staff writers Les Willsey and Steve Burks contributed to this report