By battering Sierra Vista Buena 48-21 on Friday, Gilbert High’s football team split a two-game road series to the southern part of the state. The Tigers arrived back in the Valley around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
For injured center Michael Gabriel, it was an even longer night. Gabriel suffered a leg injury in the second quarter Friday. His parents, who attended the game, took him to the emergency room in Sierra Vista, where the diagnosis was a broken leg.
Coach Jesse Parker said Gabriel and his parents got back to the Valley sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday.
“I’m glad those trips are over,” Parker said. “It keeps on being a strange year.”
Arcadia running back/linebacker Trevor Brock will have surgery today to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
The senior, who is second on the team in rushing (121 yards), suffered the injury on a noncontact play in Arcadia’s 35-7 win over Flagstaff Coconino on Sept. 12.
The injury does not signal the end of Brock’s career, though. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder is being looked at by multiple colleges, including Wyoming.
In addition to missing Brock in Friday’s 20-13 come-from-behind victory over Glendale, the Titans were also without three other starters: linemen John Arendt (broken hand), Casey Rockwood (broken hand) and Steven Carr (knee strain). All three could miss this week’s game at Goodyear Desert Edge.
Scottsdale Christian couldn’t escape the injury bug, but at least the Eagles will come out even this week.
Running back Jeff Matney suffered a separated shoulder in Friday’s game against Joseph City and is expected to miss at least six weeks.
Matney was injured while being tackled on a second-quarter run. He had 11 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s win. He has 22 carries for 172 yards and four TDs.
If Matney only misses six weeks, he could return in time for the playoffs. Taylor Barnes and junior Jensen Cruz will join quarterback Jacob Storrer in replacing Matney, who suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder last year and played only offense this season to avoid further damage.
“We’ll hold out hope,” Eagles coach Jeff Fox said.
The good news for the Eagles is that Scott Aufderheide, a two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines, will be back in the lineup this week after missing the first three games because of a series of injuries.
MESA MOUNTAIN VIEW
Mountain View guard Brittany Conger has given a verbal commitment to play basketball next fall at the University of San Diego.
Conger, a 6-foot senior, averaged 12.8 points and 4.2 rebounds last season. Conger is preparing for her third varsity season at Mountain View.
She was the East Valley Region’s most valuable player last season and led the Toros in scoring.
She said she chose San Diego for its academics and quality basketball program. Conger plans to study business and law.
Arcadia quarterback Colby Kirkegaard was named the Scottsdale Quarterback Club’s offensive player of the week.
Kirkegaard was 12-for-18 for 224 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-13 win over Glendale.
Chaparral defensive end Craig Roh garnered defensive honors after posting seven tackles, two sacks and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown against Glendale Copper Canyon.
Tribune writers Matt Paulson, Mark Heller and Kyle Odegard contributed to this report.