Seton rips Sahuarita for homecoming victory:
Seton Catholic made light work of Sahuarita to take a 39-15 homecoming win in 3A South Region action on Friday night.
The Mustangs (4-2, 2-1 3A South) looked ready to play with an 18-play opening drive that burned almost nine minutes, but they had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Kyle Day.
The Sentinels (4-1, 2-1) dominated the rest of the half, limiting Sahuarita to one first down and getting two touchdowns from Nick Samuels and another from Joe Koestner. Samuels set up his first TD with a 66-yard run and finished the night with 202 yards on 19 carries. Seton’s Mike Fernandez had a 58-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
Scottsdale Christain 41, Westwind Academy 0:
In a tune-up game for its Oct. 15 battle against Arizona Lutheran, fifth-ranked Scottsdale Christian scored early and often in a 41-0 domination of host Westwind Academy in a 2A Metro Region game played at Bourgade Christian High School.
While the game was listed as homecoming for the Warriors, it was the Eagles who put on a show. Scottsdale Christian (4-2, 2-0 Metro) scored on three of its first five possessions, amassing a 21-point halftime lead that proved more than the Eagles' defense would need.
Scottsdale Christian's defense held Westwind to 52 total yards, including minus-49 on the ground. The Eagles offense, meanwhile, had their way throughout, racking up 320 rushing yards of their own. The Scottsdale Christian ground game was led by senior running back Luke Savidge, who carried seven times for 123 yards and a touchdown. Savidge also added five extra points.
Savidge's backfield mate, Eddie Kay, chipped in with six carries for 38 yards and two scores.
Bagdad 32,Tempe Prep:
Bombs rained over Bagdad briefly Friday night, as Tempe Prep nearly pulled off a 1A Conference upset before an enthusiastic Homecoming crowd. But the Knights’ fourth quarter aerial barrage was not enough as the fifth-ranked Sultans fired back to win in the final minutes and remain unbeaten.
With 2:34 left in the Central Region game, Tempe Prep (3-3) appeared headed for victory when quarterback Mark Richardson hit Nathan Bates with a 13-yard touchdown pass to give the Knights their first lead of the game.
But in the next 30 seconds, Bagdad (6-0, 4-0) regained the lead with a stunning 75-yard pass play. Twelve seconds later, the Sultans intercepted a desperation Mark Richardson pass to seal the victory.
Yuma Catholic 50,Maricopa 14:
Maricopa's triple-option offense scored on its first two possessions of the game to take a 14-0 lead, but it was all downhill from there.
Austin Carter caught nine passes for 177 yards and five touchdowns as the Shamrocks (3-2, 3-0 2A West Region) overwhelmed the Rams (1-5, 1-2) in the final three quarters.
Maricopa racked up 142 yards of offense in the first half but only 36 yards in the final 24 minutes.
Payson 17, Fountain Hills 14
Nate Doyle made the Longhorns' homecoming a happy one, hitting a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to lift Payson past the visiting Falcons in a 3A non-region game.
Kail Brinton and HP Rollins both had scoring runs for Fountain Hills (4-2). Senior Luke Apfel ran for 300 yards on 32 carries and scored both of Payson's (3-3) touchdowns.