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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 1:35 pm | Updated: 11:09 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Here'a a look at Friday's game

5A-I

Gilbert (7-2, 2-1) at Chandler (6-2, 2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler

Key matchup: Gilbert had trouble containing Hamilton’s bevy of skill players; Chandler boasts a similar cast so the Tigers must do a better job this time.

Key stat: Gilbert amassed 317 of its 363 yards last week vs. Highland on seven plays; the other 37 plays gained 46 yards.

The intrigue: Winning this is important to both, but to earn a playoff-caliber triumph this time of year is huge.

Carl Hayden (0-8) at Dobson (4-5)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa

Key matchup: Dobson’s ground game should reign supreme quickly against a Falcons teams surrendering 44 points a game.

Key stat: Carl Hayden has lost 62 games in a row dating back to 2002.

The intrigue: Dobson keeps its slim playoff hopes alive with a win.

Mesquite (2-6, 0-2) at Hamilton (7-1, 2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler

Key matchup: Dante Alexander and Zach Bauman. Drew Terrell and Alante Wright. Who does Mesquite try to contain on defense?

Key stat: Seven of Mesquite’s 10 opponents would be in the playoffs if they started today.

The intrigue: Can Mesquite hold Hamilton to less than 30 points? No one has since Sept. 12.

Red Mountain (5-3, 2-0) at Mountain View (8-0, 2-0)

Time: 7 p.m

Address: 2700 E. Brown Road, Mesa

Key matchup: Mountain View mighty mite Jacom Brimhall vs. Red Mountain small fry Derek Molina. Molina has rushed for 950 yards; Brimhall 931 to key their respective rushing games.

Key stat: The last two games between the schools have been decided by total of eight points (each has won once).

The intrigue: Mountain View can regain the East Valley Region title with a win. Can they wrest it from the defending champs who have won three straight games to get back in the playoff hunt?

Mesa (4-4, 1-1) at Westwood (1-8, 0-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 945 W. 8th St., Mesa

Key matchup: Mesa’s offense was sloppy last week, but productive. Westwood is a much better team, however, than Central so the Jackrabbits must be sharp when they have the ball.

Key stat: Mesa won its final three games last season to nab a playoff berth. The Jackrabbits are trying to duplicate that feat again this year.

The intrigue: Can Mesa get off to a fast start vs. the Warriors, who despite their poor record have made it tough on a couple superior opponents (Marcos de Niza and Red Mountain).

Basha (4-4, 0-1) at Mountain Pointe (2-6, 0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4201 E. Knox Road, Phoenix

Key matchup: Basha has hit the skids of late when it comes to scoring points, and sooner or later the Bears offense must sustain drives and score touchdowns against a Mountain Pointe defense which held its own against Corona del Sol.

Key stat: Basha has lost three consecutive games by a total of 10 points.

The intrigue: Both teams need a win (and some luck) to have any chance at winning the Central Region. It’s been a miserable few weeks around both camps. Much of that aggression and frustration is ready to be released.

Desert Mountain (4-4, 0-1) at Phoenix Brophy (6-3, 1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1201 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix (Phoenix College)

Key matchup: Desert Mountain keeps knocking on the door but can’t squeeze itself into being one of the better E.V. teams. The Wolves’ offense can’t afford any turnovers or penalties against Brophy’s defense, and touchdowns are a must to have any chance of keeping up.

Key stat: Brophy’s Max Leonesio has rushed for 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

The intrigue: A win by Desert Mountain would be the team’s biggest in a decade, and would almost certainly cement a playoff spot amidst a crowded group of 4-4 teams. A win for the Broncos would either clinch the region or, if Mountain Ridge beats St. Mary’s, sets up a winner-take-all next week.

St. Mary’s (3-5, 0-1) at Mountain Ridge (7-1. 1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 22800 N. 67th Ave., Glendale

Key matchup: St. Mary’s gets no reprieve from Brophy last week, especially on defense. But the Knights need to have success on offense against the Mountain Lions to keep that explosive Mountain Ridge passing game off the field.

Key stat: Mountain Ridge quarterback Kevin Yost has thrown for 629 yards and eight touchdowns the past two games.

The intrigue: The Mountain Lions are No. 5 in power point rankings and have won six consecutive games. The Knights need a win in at least one of their final two games to get back onto the bottom of the playoff picture, but hoping they’ll beat Desert Mountain next week could be too late.

Highland (4-4) at Pinnacle (4-4)

Time: 7 p.m

Address: 3535 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix

Key matchup: The Highland ground game was impressive vs. Gilbert last week. A repeat performance bodes well for the Hawks.

Key stat: Highland and Pinnacle have combined for five consecutive losses.

The intrigue: Highland heads into the week No. 16 in the 5A-I power-point rankings. Beating Pinnacle would be a huge step with banged-up Mesquite on the schedule the final week.

5A-II

Desert Ridge (6-2, 2-0) at Horizon (1-7, 0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 5601 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale

Key matchup: Horizon has to slow down the dynamic duo of Chris Jamison and Chris Heldore, who are threats on the ground and through the air.

Key stat: The pass-heavy Jaguars ran the ball more than 70 percent of the time last week.

The intrigue: If Desert Ridge wins this game and Skyline beats Marcos de Niza, the Jaguars will have wrapped up the Pima Region title before facing off with Marcos next week.

Skyline (6-2, 2-1) at Marcos de Niza (7-1, 1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6000 S. Lakeshore Drive, Tempe

Key matchup: The Marcos de Niza defense is very good, but Skyline seems to be hitting its stride offensively with new quarterback Mike Bailey. The Padres have trouble scoring at times, so they must keep the Coyotes within reach.

Key stat: Of the 16 combined games these two teams have played, only three have been against teams currently with winning records.

The intrigue: If Marcos de Niza and Desert Ridge win, it sets up a season finale to determine the Pima Region title next week.

4A-I

Apache Junction (6-3, 1-3) at Cactus Shadows (3-5, 1-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 5802 E. Dove Valley Road, Cave Creek

Key matchup: Apache Junction defensive lineman Rusty Fernando has a knack for getting to the quarterback. Cactus Shadows will need to slow him down to give quarterback Dillon Classen time to throw.

Key stat: Running back Shane McCullen had one yard rushing in last week’s 42-0 loss to Saguaro.

The intrigue: The Prospectors took their lumps against Chaparral, Saguaro and Paradise Valley, but must get back on track against a quality Cactus Shadows squad which just lost a heartbreaker to McClintock.

McClintock (5-3, 2-2) at No. 1 Saguaro (8-0, 5-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale

Key matchup: McClintock’s 3-5 defense can be susceptible to the run, and Beau Burton is one of 4A’s best rushers. The Chargers must try to keep him in check.

Key stat: Saguaro hasn’t allowed a point in 10 quarters.

The intrigue: A win would give Saguaro a 28-game winning streak, which would tie Scottsdale Chaparral’s 4A record.

4A-II

Cortez (2-6, 0-3) at No. 1 Notre Dame (8-0, 3-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road

Key matchup: In a mismatch like this one there isn’t one. The goal for both teams is to make it through the game injury- free.

Key stat: Cortez hasn’t scored a point since Sept. 26 and has allowed an average of 41 points in the four games since.

The intrigue: Can the Saints, who are allowing only 7.1 points per game, hand the Colts their fifth straight shutout loss?

No. 3 Coronado (8-0, 3-0) at No. 5 Higley (6-2, 3-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert

Key matchup: These teams are virtually the same in terms of talent, offensive approach and defensive strategy, so this game will likely be won by the school which makes the fewest mistakes and comes up with a crucial big play.

Key stat: The Knights are 3-0 against the Dons since joining the East Sky Region.

The intrigue: How will the loss of running back Kaylin Ashley, who leads the region with 1,322 yards and 18 touchdowns, affect Coronado?

Arcadia (6-2, 1-2) at Tempe (3-5, 0-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Key matchup: This game marks the return of Arcadia quarterback Colby Kirkegaard from injury. If Tempe’s defense can neutralize his effectiveness, this game should go down to the wire.

Key stat: Both teams come in looking to end losing streaks. The Titans have dropped two in a row, the Buffaloes four straight.

The intrigue: Tempe needs a victory to remain on the inside of the playoff picture. The Buffaloes are currently tied for 14th in the power rankings. Arcadia needs a win to improve its chances of hosting a first-round game. The Titans are seventh.

Seton Catholic (5-4, 0-3) at Queen Creek (5-3, 2-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 22149 E. Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek

Key matchup: Queen Creek features the region’s top pass defense (13 interceptions) while Seton Catholic has thrown for the third most yards in the state (2,430).

Key stat: After averaging 32.4 points in their first five games, the Bulldogs have scored just 27 total over their past three.

The intrigue: The Sentinels have been outscored by a combined total of 35-0 in the first quarter of their past two games. Can they get off to a better start this week?

Williams Field (5-3) at Gila Ridge (4-5)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 7150 E. 24th St., Yuma

Key matchup: Gila Ridge allowed Gilbert Perry running back Tauren Darnell to rush for 221 yards last Friday. This week they face a similar back in Brandon Warren, who has racked up 524 yards in his past three games.

Key stat: The Black Hawks have rushed for 1,069 yards over the past three weeks.

The intrigue: Can Williams Field improve to 4-0 against other schools in their first year of varsity play?

2A

Scottsdale Christian (7-1, 3-1) at Valley Christian (6-2, 4-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6900 W. Galveston St., Chandler

Key matchup: Whoever holds the other team’s running game in check and doesn’t turn the ball over should win. It’s that simple with these two teams, but easier said than done.

Key stat: None of the past five meetings (of which Valley Christian has won four) have been decided by fewer than 17 points.

The intrigue: Talk about a toss-up. Two teams who are nearly mirror-images of one another meet for the region title and, perhaps more importantly, a top-5 playoff seed in 2A.

Canyon State (2-7, 0-4) at North Pointe Prep (2-7, 0-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4602 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix (Bourgade Catholic High School)

Key matchup: Canyon State’s defense has a chance to help the cause against North Pointe Prep, which barely makes three yards per carry and has committed 21 turnovers this year, mostly in the passing game.

Key stat: The two teams have lost a combined 11 consecutive games.

The intrigue: Canyon State has struggled to score points lately on offense, but North Pointe Prep could be their tonic. The Falcons have allowed 40-plus points five times this season, and at this point the Rams will take anything to close their season out on a positive.

1A state quarterfinals

Tempe Prep (8-1) at Valley Union (8-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4022 Jefferson Road, Elfrida

Key matchup: Tempe Prep ran for 341 yards last week without its top rusher, Tom McDonald. McDonald will be in uniform this Friday, but the Knights face a defense that has posted four shutouts this season.

Key stat: Valley Union has won 19 straight games and hasn’t lost at home since 2005.

The intrigue: Can Tempe Prep become only the second 1A team from the Valley to advance to the state semifinals (Queen Creek Canyon State, 2006) this decade?

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