October 1, 2004
If Marcos de Niza running back/linebacker Terrance Hooks (492 yards rushing) is again unable to play tonight due to a sore ankle, the Padres will look to seniors Mike Doria and Jordan Andrews to handle the bulk of the rushing duties.
Doria produced a seasonhigh 79 yards in a 31-10 win over Phoenix Camelback on Sept. 17 and led the team last week in a 55-0 loss to Mesquite with 49 yards on six carries. Hooks was held out of the Mesquite game because of his injury, suffered against Camelback.
Clapp player of the week: Paradi se Valley fullback/ linebacker Matt Clapp has been named this week’s Arizona Cardinals high school player of the week.
Clapp had 26 carries for 212 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-13 victory over Phoenix North Canyon on Sept. 23. Clapp, a University of Oklahoma recruit, also collected nine tackles and a sack on defense.
Cleared to play: Red Mountain senior quarterback Maurice Hector was cleared to return this week but likely will serve as the backup. Junior Nick Orr has played so well in Hector’s absence that the position is Orr’s to lose. Hector missed the last 2 1 /2 games after being shaken up on a hit against Mountain Pointe.
Full strength at QB: Desert Mountain quarterback Matt Torkelson, out with a toe injury since the first game of the season, has returned to practice. Like Red Mountain’s Hector, Torkelson is the backup to Mike Dufek, who has the starting job. Dufek threw two TD passes last week.
Looking for a specialist:
Chandler coach Jim Ewan worked out soccer players in an attempt to help iron out extra point and field goal kicking woes. Darren Sweely will continue to handle kickoffs and still has the first shot at PATs and field goals.
‘‘We’ve had trouble with snaps, placements and the kicking,’’ Ewan said. ‘‘We need to quit making it such an adventure. Competition is a wonderful thing. Darren had a great week of practice, but some of what has gone on in the kicking game hasn’t been his fault." Junior Danny Welch, one of the soccer players who tried out, will suit up tonight.
Big finale: The Dobson Invitational, the last big tournament of the year, will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Dobson. The tournament is individual singles and doubles play only, with no team scores being kept.
Featured players include Phoenix Xavier’s Colleen Kielty and Lisa Conchos, Horizon’s Brianna Chapin, Mountain View’s Malia Falevai and defending singles champion Kasia Golenko of Phoenix North Canyon. The tournament has most of the state’s top players and should be a good indication of who will compete for the individual state championship this year.
- Correspondent Kyle Odegard contributed to this report.