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Capsules for tonight's E.V. prep football games

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Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:40 am | Updated: 9:23 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Here's a look at tonight's East valley prep football games


Basha (1-1) at Deer Valley (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 18424 N. 51st Ave, Glendale

Key matchup: The Bears offense stalled last week and will need to do a better job of run-blocking against a solid group of returning linebackers from Deer Valley. Otherwise the Bears lose the balance they need offensively.

Key stat: Basha quarterback Michael Benjamin was sacked six times by Tucson Salpointe last week.

The intrigue: Basha got pushed around by a bigger Tucson Salpointe team last week. The Bears need a couple road victories before conference play to get the jitters out and get into a routine.

Tucson (0-1) at Corona del Sol (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4201 E. Knox Road, Tempe

Key matchup: Tucson’s defensive line is going to have to find a way into Corona’s backfield, or else Michael Lange, Kirby Pellant and Chase Cartwright could turn this into a track meet.

Key stat: The Aztecs have scored 78 points in two games against Mesa schools (Dobson, Red Mountain).

The intrigue: The Aztecs are riding high with a 2-0 start and have a golden chance to remain undefeated in the next few weeks.

Dobson (1-1) at Chandler (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler

Key matchup: Chandler’s speed will be a problem for most teams and will pose that threat for Dobson as well.

Key stat: Chandler produced 433 yards of offense in its opener with four players catching TD passes and five overall notching scores.

The intrigue: Can Dobson keep Chandler’s offense in front of it and not give up big plays for scores?

Mesa (1-0) at Desert Vista (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 16440 S. 32nd St., Phoenix

Key matchup: The Thunder’s passing game vs. itself. Desert Vista needs a better showing than last week’s debacle against Gilbert. To that end, junior Cody Sokol will start at quarterback after splitting time last week with Cole Pembroke.

Key stat: Mesa’s ground game was sound in the opener, churning out 272 yards led by Greg King’s 101 yards and three touchdowns.

The intrigue: Will Desert Vista bounce back from a rough opener night against Gilbert? After one week, the grumblings in Ahwatukee are already in full force.

Westwood (0-2) at Mesquite (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert

Key matchup: Mesquite ran the ball well in its opener and could have a field day with its big, experienced line against the Warriors, who have struggled to stop the run in first two contests.

Key stat: Junior quarterback Steven Hansen accounted for three TDs (two rushing, one passing) in the loss to Desert Mountain.

The intrigue: With both schools looking for a first win, the future isn’t bright for the loser in this one. Both let games they were favored in get away last week.

St. Mary’s (1-0) at Mountain View (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m

Address: 2700 E. Brown Road, Mesa

Key matchup: Mountain View has made its success on the ground, while the Knights are smaller up front and thinner in depth.

Key stat: Mountain View’s advantage in time of possession against Gilbert Highland last week was 30 minutes to 18.

The intrigue: Eddy Zubey got two cracks at Mountain View when he coached at Westwood. Will a change in colors also equal a change in outcome?

North Canyon (1-0) at Red Mountain (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa

Key matchup: Old vs. new. A shuffling of offensive line personnel will be the test for Red Mountain in its quest to get a win.

Key stat: Red Mountain managed 106 yards of offense and committed three turnovers resulting in 17 points for the opposition last week.

The intrigue: Will offense chime in and take burden off return man Derek Molina in supplying points this week?

Gilbert (2-0) at Salpointe (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1545 E. Copper St., Tucson

Key matchup: Gilbert offense, which has scored 75 points in two games, vs. Salpointe defense which limited Chandler Basha to six points in its opener.

Key stat: Passing game has shown marked improvement over last season with Tigers already halfway to last year’s season total of 600 yards through the air.

The intrigue: Tigers have shown poise through two tough weeks with lengthy delays in both games — one due to weather and one to injury to teammate Beau Harris. Can they get through a game in normal time?

Hamilton (2-0) at Centennial (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 14388 N. 79th Ave., Peoria

Key matchup: Hamilton defense vs. Centennial running back John Hughes, who rushed for 150 yards in opening win over Mesa Desert Ridge.

Key stat: Hamilton’s defense has posted 12 sacks in two games and limited both opponents to an average of 80 yards rushing.

The intrigue: Does Hamilton have enough left in its emotional tank after two “show-me” games? There might be room for a letdown this week.

Highland (1-1) at Central (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4525 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Key matchup: Highland offense getting back to consistency of Week One when its execution was solid in win over Trevor Browne.

Key stat: Central has lost nine of its last 11 games.

The intrigue: Highland has no room for error in posting victories over nonregion opponents such as the Bobcats.

Horizon (0-1) at Brophy (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix (Phoenix College)

Key matchup: Horizon will try and pressure Beau Maggi in similar fashion to Chandler Hamilton’s success, but if Maggi gets time and hits the slant patterns over the middle, Horizon will have trouble.

Key stat: Brophy had an uncharacteristic three turnovers and eight penalties against Hamilton.

The intrigue: As long as coach Scooter Molander and defensive coordinator Gary Galante are in charge, Brophy should be able to avoid the “hangover” factor from last week, so will Steve Casey’s team rise to the occasion and overcome what’s been a rough two seasons?

Desert Mountain (1-0) at Boulder Creek (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem

Key matchup: Desert Mountain got a solid night from quarterback Kevin Radcliffe in its opening victory, but the Wolves will have to run the ball significantly better.

Key stat: Desert Mountain beat Mesquite despite 31 yards rushing (1.41 yards per carry).

The intrigue: St. Mary’s shut down Boulder Creek quarterback Taylor Davis (23 yards rushing, 68 yards passing), and the Wolves will need to do the same defensively.


Alhambra (0-1) at No. 4 Skyline (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 845 S Crismon Road, Mesa, AZ 85208

Key matchup: Alhambra must attempt to slow Skyline’s ground game.

Key stat: Skyline top two rushers, Damari Lewis and Tommy Brown, combined for 241 yards rushing and five touchdowns on just 16 carries last week.

The intrigue: The Coyotes continue to fatten up on a soft nonregion slate and shouldn’t have much trouble with Alhambra.

No. 3 Westview (0-0) at Pinnacle (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 3535 East Mayo Blvd., Phoenix

Key matchup: The battle of Westview’s offense against Pinnacle’s defense will determine a lot.

Key stat: 5. The amount of turnovers the defense forced in Pinnacle’s 23-17 win over Westview last season.

The intrigue: A good early test for the Pioneers, who played some fantastic defense and had just enough offense to win the season opener against Tucson Ironwood Ridge.

Ironwood (0-1) at No. 2 Marcos de Niza (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6000 S. Lakeshore Drive, Tempe

Key matchup: Ironwood must bottle up Ramon Abreu on both sides of the ball. Last week he had a team-leading 64 yards rushing, a team-best seven tackles, and interception and a fumble recovery.

Key stat: Zach Schira was 5-for-13 for 123 yards and two touchdowns in his first start after winning the quarterback battle at Marcos.

The intrigue: Ironwood was stomped by Chandler in its region opener, and it doesn’t get much easier against a talented Marcos squad.

Yuma (2-0) at No. 5 Desert Ridge (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 10045 E. Madero Drive, Mesa

Key matchup: Chris Heldore led Desert Ridge in rushing and receiving last week and Yuma will have to keep him in check.

Key stat: Yuma is averaging 43.5 points per game so far and its margin of victory is 21 points.

The intrigue: Desert Ridge was limited to seven points by top-ranked Peoria Centennial in its season opener. Can the Jaguars get back to their high scoring ways against Yuma?


Prescott (0-1) at No. 4 Chaparral (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6935 E Gold Dust Ave,, Scottsdale

Key matchup: Prescott’s run defense was leaky in the season opener. The Badgers will have to keep Dwayne Garrett in check to keep it close.

Key stat: 3.9. The number of seconds left when Brandon Martin caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Spencer Stone last week in a 23-20 win over Vail Cienega.

The intrigue: Saguaro just steamrolled Prescott by 56 points. The Firebirds think they are on Saguaro’s level, and get a common opponent one week later. This could be an early indication of which team is more advanced early in the season.

Sahuaro (0-2) at No. 1 Saguaro (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6250 N 82nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Key matchup: Beau Burton ran for 226 yards last week. Can Sahuaro contain him?

Key stat: Sahuaro is averaging 3.5 points in two games this season and doesn’t figure to get much more in this one.

The intrigue: Sahuaro kept last year’s game close, trailing 17-13 heading into the fourth quarter before falling 24-13. The contest was marred by delays and bad weather.

Apache Junction (2-0) at Raymond S. Kellis (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 8990 W. Orangewood Ave., Glendale

Key matchup: No one has stopped Apache Junction’s new option offense. The Raymond S. Kellis defense gets the next attempt.

Key stat: 454. The amount of yards the Prospectors rushed for last week.

The intrigue: The Prospectors want to continue their impressive early season run on both offense and defense.

Lake Havasu (1-0) at No. 3 Paradise Valley (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 3950 E. Bell Road, Phoenix

Key matchup: Lake Havasu running back Brent Michaels must be slowed. He ran for 236 yards and five touchdowns on just 26 carries last week.

Key stat: 121. The amount of yards Michaels had last year against Paradise Valley. He scored two touchdowns in the game but did lose a fumble.

The intrigue: A good early test for the Trojans. They won last year’s game 34-13,

Higley (0-1) at McClintock (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1830 E. Del Rio Drive, Tempe

Key matchup: Line play will go a long way toward determining this one. McClintock has the size advantage, but Higley has the edge in speed.

Key stat: McClintock quarterback Eric Urry threw for 127 yards last week against Phoenix Sunnyslope, more than what the Knights rushed for (112) against Cave Creek Cactus Shadows.

The intrigue: Can Higley avoid its first 0-2 start since 2005?


Bradshaw Mountain (0-2) at No. 1 Notre Dame Prep (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road

Key matchup: If Bradshaw Mountain is to have any chance, its defense, which is allowing 247 rushing yards per game, must shut down a Notre Dame run game which accounted for six touchdowns last week.

Key stat: Notre Dame easily won its opener despite fumbling five times, losing four.

The intrigue: The last two meetings have been decided by single digits. Will this game be as close?

Flagstaff (0-2) at No. 2 Queen Creek (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 22149 E. Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek

Key matchup: Flagstaff’s offense is centered around the big play, which Queen Creek will have to prevent to keep this game from being close.

Key stat: Bulldogs running back Marqus Martinez rushed for 184 yards on 15 carries last week.

The intrigue: Queen Creek is coming off a big, emotional road win over Cottonwood Mingus. Will the Bulldogs be able to put that victory behind them and avoid a letdown?

Coconino (0-2) at Arcadia (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4703 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

Key matchup: Arcadia’s defense will have to be able to adjust on the fly since Coconino runs three different offensive schemes.

Key stat: The Titans returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in Week One.

The intrigue: Arcadia was very inconsistent on both sides of the ball in its opener. If that doesn’t improve, this game could be closer than expected.

Cortez (1-0) at Coronado (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 2501 N. 74th St., Scottsdale

Key matchup: The key to stopping Cortez is containing running back Charlie Shoemaker, who rushed for 153 yard in the opener. Coronado allowed only 34 rushing yards in its first game.

Key stat: Four players scored touchdowns for the Dons in Week One.

The intrigue: Coronado played on Thursday last week. Will the extra time to prepare for this game translate into victory?

Sinagua (0-2) at Seton Catholic (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: Mesa Community College, 1833 W Southern Ave.

Key matchup: Seton Catholic’s offense, which still has a lot of room for improvement, should be able to work out its kinks against one of the worst defenses in the state.

Key stat: Sinagua has been outscored 101-0 this season.

The intrigue: Can Seton’s defense, which has held opponents scoreless in five of eight quarters, hand Sinagua its third straight shutout loss?

Buckeye (1-1) at Tempe (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1251 East Southern Ave., Tempe

Key matchup: Buckeye is averaging 6.3 yards per carry while Tempe allowed rushers only 1.9 yards per attempt in it opener.

Key stat: Tempe gave up 22 fourth-quarter points last week and still won. The Buffaloes can’t afford another defensive collapse.

The intrigue: Will Tempe be able to carry the momentum from last week’s upset victory at Phoenix Moon Valley into its home opener?


Westwind Prep Academy (0-2) vs. Canyon State (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 20061 Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek

Key matchup: The Rams offense needs to consistently move the ball on the ground against a Westwind Prep defense that got steamrolled by Phoenix Christian last week.

Key stat: WPA has been outscored 50-6 in two games this season.

The intrigue: The Rams were thumped pretty badly last week against Cobre, an 11-man team from New Mexico’s 3A level. They had ample success against WPA last season, and the young Rams get their first test of adversity.

Arizona Lutheran Academy (0-2) at Scottsdale Christian (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 14400 N. Tatum Blvd., Scottsdale

Key matchup: The Eagles offense needs to stay on the field, which it couldn’t do in last year’s 32-0 loss to the Coyotes. A repeat of Jacob Storrer’s night at QB (5 of 13, 62 yards, two INT) seems unlikely.

Key stat: The Eagles allowed 355 yards rushing to the Coyotes in last year’s matchup.

The intrigue: Arizona Lutheran lost in overtime to St. John’s in last year’s 2A title game, but lost a lot of that team. Scottsdale Christian brought back most of the team, so the Eagles should close the gap.

Phoenix Christian (2-0) at Valley Christian (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6900 W. Galveston St., Chandler

Key matchup: Phoenix Christian must do a better job of stopping the big play which proved costly in last year’s 33-26 loss to V.C. as the Trojans compiled 430 yards total offense.

Key stat: The Trojans ran for 311 yards against Phoenix Christian last season, and they needed every one of them in the comeback victory.

The intrigue: The rivalry alone should be enough. Both are state championship contenders, and Bob Denson is in charge after being an assistant under Jim Rattay, who left for Laveen César Chavez.


Clifton (0-1) at No. 4 Tempe Prep (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: Arizona Lutheran Academy, 6036 S. 27th Ave., Phoenix

Key matchup: Tempe Prep’s offense, which is averaging 39 points per game, faces a defense which surrendered 50 points last week.

Key stat: Running backs Manny Sandoval and Tom McDonald have each scored four touchdowns for the Knights.

The intrigue: Tempe Prep put up 58 points on Clifton last year. Can the Knights top that total this time around?

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