Address: 6330 W. Greenway Road, Glendale; Records: McClintock 8-3; Cactus 11-0; Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
McClintock produced some magic to rally for a victory last week over Pinnacle. It may need a Houdini act to play with Cactus.
The top-ranked team in 4A-I, Cactus doesn’t just beat teams, it annihilates them. The Cobras run a spread offense that no one has figured out. Defensively, they rush to the ball, challenging teams to beat them with the big play.
With Xavier Lucas, McClintock has big-play capabilities. A wide receiver, Lucas just may be the best player in the state. At 6-foot-4, he can go up and outmuscle most any defensive back for the ball. He also has smooth moves and great speed, meaning he can get yards after the catch.
The question is can Chargers coach Steve Campbell — a former Arizona State University quarterback — come up with enough ways to get Lucas the ball? Long passes won’t be enough. Lucas needs to get the ball on quick passes and reverses, and maybe even line up as a slot back and have some screens thrown his way, for the Chargers to put up the necessary points to pull off the upset.