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The Gophers, in their first year in 3A, got a huge win over Sahuarita last week to vault into the playoffs where they meet the top seed from the East.
The Elks have run hot and cold this year. They beat Blue Ridge, but lost 35-3 to Payson. The Elks like the throw a lot, something that Florence coach Shawn Cluff welcomes.
“That sort of plays into our hands,” Cluff said. “When teams spread it out, I tend to make sure we have one more guy inside to stunt and blitz.”
Elks quarterback Trevor Nicoll has thrown for 1,412 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The Gophers will need to adjust quickly to the artificial turf in the Round Valley Dome, but Cluff feels the faster track will help his team. Speedy running back Dishon Abbs has run for 1,270 yards and 12 touchdowns, is finally 100 percent healthy after battling a back injury.