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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2007 3:26 pm | Updated: 7:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

STAFF REPORT As the Northwest Valley teams hit the midway point of the regular season tonight, the Centennial Coyotes (3-1) are the only squad guaranteed to start the second half with a winning record. Mountain Ridge (2-2) and Sunrise Mountain (2-2) look to bounce back from Week 4 losses. Ironwood (0-4) continues the search for its first win while Deer Valley (2-3) is idle. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. around the state. Here's a look at what fans should expect to see. MATCHUP: Centennial (3-1) at Desert Vista (2-2) ADDRESS: 16440 S. 32nd St., Phoenix LAST WEEK: Centennial led 34-0 after the first quarter en route to a 69-0 win over North. Desert Vista evened its record with a 28-14 win over Mesquite. PLAYERS TO WATCH: For Desert Vista, Allante Battle (2) is a threat to go the distance any time he touches the ball as the wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner had two catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in addition to an 85-yard kick-off return for a touchdown. Centennial's Jarrell Barbour (23) did Battle one better last week, scoring on offense, on a 35-yard touchdown pass from senior Scott Burgett, on defense, with a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown and on special teams with a 52-yard punt return for a score. Desert Vista junior quarterback Cole Pembroke (15) was efficient in last week's win, completing 8-of-11 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. Centennial cousins John (3) and Jeff Hughes (7) combined for three touchdowns with Jeff rushing for 114 yards on eight carries, including a 44-yard touchdown run. BREAKDOWN: When they've faced their 5A Div-II brethren, the Coyotes have yet to be scored upon this season, posting three shutouts. For the second time, they'll take on a 5A Div-I opponent. While the Thunder are a very good 2-2 team they're not on par with Hamilton. Desert Vista's offense hasn't been bad, but they've yet to crack 30 points this season. Centennial's defense has given up 35 points all year and 18 of those came in a five-minute stretch that was set up by a kickoff recovery and a fumble recovery deep in Centennial territory. PICK: Centennial MATCHUP: Tolleson (2-2) at Mountain Ridge (2-2) ADDRESS: 22800 N. 67th Ave., Glendale LAST WEEK: The Wolverines routed first-year varsity program Valley Vista 51-0 while Mountain Ridge took it on the chin as Pinnacle defeated the Mountain Lions 43-17. PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Mountain Ridge defensive unit will likely be an angry bunch, looking to wipe the memory of last week's effort at Pinnacle from their mind after the Pioneers scored touchdowns on five of their first six possessions. BREAKDOWN: Following three straight road games, the Mountain Lions return home looking to get back on the winning track. Tolleson's two wins have come against 0-4 Central and 0-5 Valley Vista. PICK: Mountain Ridge MATCHUP: Sunrise Mountain (2-2) at South Mountain (2-2) ADDRESS: 5401 S. Seventh St., Phoenix LAST WEEK: Sunrise Mountain was on the losing end of a shoot out, getting shot down, 63-36 by Desert Ridge. South Mountain lost 21-20 to Boulder Creek. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Sunrise Mountain's Jimmy Kerr has a team-best 18 catches for 241 yards in the first four games while the Mustangs secondary will look to tighten up after giving up 269 yards passing and three touchdowns through the air. BREAKDOWN: Go tell it on the mountain. In a battle of 2-2 teams the nod goes to the home team. PICK: South Mountain MATCHUP: Alhambra (1-3) at Ironwood (0-4) Address: 6051 W. Sweetwater Ave. LAST WEEK: Alhambra lost 63-14 to Dobson while Ironwood fell 15-12 to Deer Valley. PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Lions have gone with a two-back running game as Jeff Rhone (22) and Garrett Turner (40) are averaging more than 100 yards rushing a game as a duo. Ironwood had its first lead of the season in the loss to the Skyhawks when Randy Klucznik (11) connected with wide receiver Travaris Forrest (9) on a 49-yard touchdown pass. BREAKDOWN: The Eagles face a sub-.500 team for the first time this season. After leading in last week's game and getting things in order defensively, posting a shutout for three quarters, the Eagles may be ready to work their way into the victory column. Alhambra's lone win came against winless Tucson. PICK: Ironwood Last week's picks: 4-2 Season total: 21-2 Report compiled by sports editor Marc Buckhout who can be reached at 876-2598 or at mbuckhout@aztrib.com.

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