Late interception helps Higley KO No. 1 Arcadia - East Valley Tribune: VarsityXtra

Late interception helps Higley KO No. 1 Arcadia

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Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2006 2:27 am | Updated: 5:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Gilbert Higley’s Kenny Guthrie picked off a pass with 1:22 left in the game Friday to seal a 20-19 win at home over top-ranked Phoenix Arcadia.

The victory, which gave Higley six wins for the first time in school history, put the Knights in first place in the 4A East Sky Region with three games remaining in the season.

“Kenny comes up big for us it seems in every game we’ve had this season,” said Higley coach Jim Beall, whose Knights came into the game ranked fourth in the Tribune's 4A Division II poll. “I tell you, these kids are just winners, and this is a big boost to this program.”

The Knights (6-1, 2-0) were not fancy on offense or defense (minus Guthrie’s big interception) but simply took advantage of field position and Arcadia penalties.

The Titans (6-1, 1-1) were hit with eight penalties totaling 85 yards, one of which negated a 52-yard pass from Hildebrand to Joey Dickinson in the third quarter, stalling that drive.

That re-energized Higley enough to put together a scoring drive that put the Knights up 14-13 a few minutes later.

Arcadia made the game thrilling with a 48-yard run up the middle from Alec McDuffie to go up 19-14 with 9:05 left in the game. However, an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Titans pushed Arcadia back 15 yards on the kickoff and allowed Higley good field position to start a retaliatory drive.

The Knights played smash-mouth football on that possession, choosing seven straight running plays that culminated in an Alex Jentzen 10-yard run with 5:30 left. Jentzen finished with 52 yards rushing, while teammate Hector Hernandez had two rushing touchdowns and 37 yards on short yardage plays.

“As always, we have to take it one game at a time, one day at a time,” Beall said. “This conference is a bear. But if we can keep this up, we can put ourselves in the state championship.”

A fumble on Arcadia’s first play after the touchdown put the Titans 1st and long on the Arcadia one, but Hildebrand, who finished 9-16 for 106 yards passing, got his team out of the jam and began moving his team downfield effectively until Guthrie’s pick.

Higley Coach Beall is pleased with his team’s play especially after several seasons hovering at the five-win level and a 3-7 last year in their first year in 4A.

“As always, we have to take it one game at a time, one day at a time,” Beall said. “This conference is a bear. But if we can keep this up, we can put ourselves in the state championship.”

Beall said that fall break, which starts Monday, will allow his team to savor this win, and also give them time to come back and get ready for the next game.

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