Higley quarterback Eric Kump threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another, leading the Knights to a 51-14 win versus visiting Phoenix Carl Hayden on Friday.
Kump came out firing, starting the game off by throwing a 55-yard pass to Trent Lagerstrom then following that up with a 44-yard scoring strike to Tristian DaCosta to put Higley up 14-0 early.
After Carl Hayden returned a kickoff for a touchdown, Kump was at it again, this time running the ball in from 2 yards out to give the Knights (1-0) a 21-7 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Higley looks to go 2-0 in a matchup against Campo Verde next Friday night.
Chaparral defensive lineman Dylan Cozens’ sack in the waning seconds of the game secured the Firebirds' wild 22-21 victory at Tucson Salpointe.
Trailing by one, the Lancers (0-1) drove the ball to the Chaparral 35-yard line, but a costly penalty on third down resulted in a loss of down, making it 4th-and-18. On the next play, Cozens recorded his game-winning sack, dashing the Salpointe comeback hopes.
Davonte Neal returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and caught a 30-yard pass for a score to lead Chaparral, which scored 13 points late to erase what had been a game-long deficit.
The Firebirds (1-1) will return home to host Sunnyslope Sept. 2.
Williams Field running back Sean Schweichler had five carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns, as well as a 55-yard kick return, to lead the Black Hawks to a 42-0 shutout at Maricopa.
The Black Hawks (1-0) outrushed the Rams 272-22, despite both teams running the ball 31 times.
Williams Field will play at Combs Sept. 2, while Maricopa will pay Sept. 9 at Marcos de Niza.
Seton Catholic’s A.J. Ciferno's 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the difference as Sentinels held off host Fountain Hills 20-13.
Seton Catholic (1-0) had a 13-7 halftime lead thanks to a pair of long touchdown passes from quarterback Ryan Bresnahan, but a Trace Johnson 25-yard run tied the game for the Falcons (0-1) before Ciferno’s run sealed the victory for the Sentinels.
Seton will look to go 2-0 when they play at Coronado Sept. 2, while Fountain Hills will travel to Scottsdale Christian.
Queen Creek defeated Combs, 49-0. The Bulldogs (1-0) will travel to Casa Grande next Friday, while Combs (0-1) will host Williams Field.
In its first ever AIA game, Scottsdale Prep didn’t disappoint, scoring on every possession while racking up 697 yards of total offense en route to an impressive 82-40 victory over visiting Cibecue in Division VI.
Spartans senior quarterback Aidan Wright had a huge night going 18 for 26 for 335 yards and four touchdowns through the air, while also rushing the ball 13 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
Scottsdale Prep put up 54 points in the first half with Wright amassing 296 yards passing and 113 yards rushing in the half.
The Spartans (1-0) will try to improve to 2-0 Sept. 2 when they travel to face Fredonia.
Tempe Prep's Ahmari Underwood rushed nine times for 122 yards and three touchdowns, all in the second half, including a 77-yard touchdown run with 2:30 left in the game to help Knights defeat Bourgade Catholic, 28-14.
After taking a 7-0 lead into the half, Tempe prep’s offense awoke in the third quarter thanks to Underwood, who scored on a 7-yard run and an 18-yard run to put the Knights up 20-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Tempe Prep will hit the road to play at Valley Christian Sept. 1.
Other E.V. games.....
Chandler open the season with a win, blowing past Kofa, 64-0. The Wolves will play at Maryvale Sept. 2.
Visiting Pima beat Chandler Prep 52-7. The Titans (1-0) next game will be at home versus Salt River.
Gilbert Christian defeated host Salt River 65-12. The Knights (1-0) will play host to Veritas Prep Sept. 2.
North Canyon outlasted Horizon 20-15. The Huskies (0-1) will return home to host Barry Goldwater Sept. 2.
Valley Christian hit the road and blanked Canyon State 64-0. The Trojans (1-0) return home to host Tempe Prep on Thursday night.
Skyline knocked off visiting Kingman, 52-14. The Coyotes (1-0) will travel to Carl Hayden Sept. 2.
Boulder Creek dispatched Cactus Shadows, 48-20. The Falcons (1-0) will play Pinnacle on the road Sept. 2.
San Tan Foothills beat visiting Tombstone, 49-26. The Sabercats (1-0) next game will be at Canyon State.
St. Mary’s defeated host North 35-22 in a Division I, Section I game, the debut of new Knights coach Todd Williamson. The Knights improved to 1-0 on the season and will face Ironwood on the road Sept. 2.
Host Camp Verde defeated Scottsdale Christian, 38-14. The Eagles (0-1) will look for their first win of the season when they host Fountain Hills Sept. 2.
Poston Butte defeated host-Coconino, 21-9. The Broncos (1-0) will host Tempe on Sept. 2.