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River Valley at Coolidge

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Posted: Friday, November 3, 2006 2:35 am | Updated: 3:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Outlook: This game comes down to one thing for the Bears: stop Chad Lucchino.

The River Valley running back has put up another impressive season, rushing for 1,839 yards and 18 touchdowns, just a year removed from passing the 2,000-yard barrier. However, the Dust Devils have little else to turn to on offense and one-dimensional teams tend to struggle against Coolidge.

The Dust Devils have played just three playoff teams, going 1-2, including a 22-6 loss to Fountain Hills on October 20 that pushed them down to the third seed from the West.

Coolidge, meanwhile, has played five playoff teams, losing only to Seton Catholic. Since that loss, however, the Bears seemed to find another gear, averaging 52.3 points a game in five blowout wins.

The Bears feature the most potent 1-2 punch in the 3A Conference in South Region offensive player of the year Jesse Wheeler and all-region running back T.J. White. Wheeler has thrown for 1,572 yards and rushed for 734, while White has rushed for 922 yards and has added 396 receiving yards.

River Valley at Coolidge

Address: 800 W. Northern, Coolidge

Records: River Valley 7-3, Coolidge 8-1

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