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Deer Valley district schools face off

by Jason Stone

They are two schools in the same district, but on the football field, they are miles apart.
Mountain Ridge, the No. 1-ranked team in the latest 5A Power Point poll, is looking to continue its unbeaten season tomorrow night against a struggling district foe.
Deer Valley fell to 1-7 last week with its third straight Northwest Region loss.
The teams square off this week for bragging rights within the district. In another local 5A game, Ironwood travels to Tolleson in a battle of old 4A teams.
In 4A games, Cactus plays a big home game against Pinnacle, Glendale tries to upset Washington on the road, Independence makes the long trip to Lake Havasu and Apollo hosts Cortez.

CLASS 5A

(2) Mtn. Ridge at Deer Valley

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 18424 N. 51st Ave.
Records: Mtn. Ridge 8-0 overall, 3-0 region; Deer Valley 1-7, 0-3

Ironwood at Tolleson

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 9419 W. Van Buren St. (Tolleson)
Records: Ironwood 3-5 overall, 1-2 region; Tolleson 4-4, 1-2
Ironwood has been held to a touchdown or less three times this season. That kind of effort will not cut it against a Tolleson team that is averaging close to 25 points a game and has played steady since moving up from 4A.

CLASS 4A

(20) Pinnacle at (5) Cactus

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 6330 W. Greenway Road
Records: Pinnacle 5-3 overall, 1-2 region; Cactus 8-0, 3-0
Cactus needs to win out to secure one of the top four seeds in the playoffs. The top four seeds are guaranteed two home games as long as they win in the first round.

(25) Glendale at (4) Washington

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 2217 W. Glendale Ave. (Phoenix)
Records: Glendale 5-4 overall, 2-3 region; Washington 7-1, 4-0
Glendale has one chance to salvage its season, and that would be a big win over Washington this week.
The Rams all but wrapped up the Skyline Region championship last week with a gutsy decision to go for 2 in overtime to beat No. 11-ranked Moon Valley 37-36.
The Cardinals need to upset the Rams or beat Apache Junction next week to secure their second straight winning season.

Independence at Lake Havasu

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 2675 S. Palo Verde Blvd. (Lake Havasu)
Records: Independence 5-4 overall, 2-1 region; Lake Havasu 1-7, 0-3
With the playoffs out of reach, Independence has narrowed its goals with two games left.
The Patriots are playing for the second straight winning season, which would be a first for the team. Before last year, IHS had only one winning season total.
With victories this week over Lake Havasu and next week against Cortez – and Independence will be heavy favorites to do so n the Patriots will match the high win total of 1982 when the team went 7-3-1.
Independence can also win the team’s 100th game in history this week, which coincidentally would be Moore’s 100th win as a coach.

Cortez at Apollo

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 8045 N. 47th Ave.
Records: Cortez 2-6 overall, 1-2 region; Apollo 2-6, 1-2
Apollo needs a win to assure itself it will not finish in the Desert Sky Region cellar.

Published at glendalestar.com • Oct. 31, 2003

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Mountain Ridge football faces final big test

by Jason Stone

Alhambra’s 28-13 loss to Goldwater last week tainted this week’s game between Alhambra and Mountain Ridge, but it did not change what is at stake.
If Mountain Ridge beats Alhambra, the Mountain Lions will most likely claim the Northwest Region title for the second straight year.
The game highlights a week of matchups that will settle many playoff scenarios with two weeks left after this one.
Ironwood and Sunrise Mountain, teams that each lost last week to all but become eliminated from the playoffs, play their first-ever game against each other in North Peoria. Deer Valley, meanwhile, tries to get its first region win over Trevor Browne at home.
In 4A, Apollo travels to city-rival Independence for a matchup of two teams likely staying home for the playoffs.
Glendale, which has faint playoff hopes despite two straight losses, hosts struggling McClintock, and Cactus hosts Bradshaw Mountain.

CLASS 5A

(1) Mtn. Ridge at (3) Alhambra

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 3839 W. Camelback Road (Phoenix)
Records: Mtn. Ridge 7-0 overall, 2-0 region; Alhambra 6-1, 1-1
Could have been matchup of undefeated teams had Alhambra not looked ahead last week.

Ironwood at Sunrise Mtn.

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 21200 N. 83rd Ave.
Records: Ironwood 3-4 overall, 1-1 region; Sunrise Mtn. 4-3, 1-1
Both teams fighting for winning record now that playoffs are out of reach.

Trevor Browne at Deer Valley

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 18424 N. 51st Ave.
Records: Trevor Browne 3-4 overall, 0-2 region; Deer Valley 1-6, 0-2
Deer Valley had a chance to pick up win last week. Now, team will try to prove it can close the deal against a struggling team.

CLASS 4A

Apollo at Independence

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 6602 N. 75th Ave.
Records: Apollo 2-5 overall, 1-1 region; Independence 4-4, 1-1
Last year’s game turned ugly with fights and missed opportunities for Apollo on its homecoming.

McClintock at (19) Glendale

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 6216 W. Glendale Ave.
Records: McClintock 3-4 overall, 1-2 region; Glendale 5-3, 1-2
Glendale needs to win out to have a shot at the postseason for the first time in almost three decades.

(16) Bradshaw Mtn. at (6) Cactus

Time: 7 p.m., Friday
Place: 6330 W. Greenway Road
Records: Bradshaw Mtn. 6-2 overall, 2-0 region; Cactus 7-0, 2-0
Cactus and Centennial were expected to be 2-0 in the Wells Fargo at this point. Bradshaw Mountain was not. This game could be tougher for Cactus than it appears.

Published at glendalestar.com • Oct. 22, 2003

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Patriots likely out of football playoffs

by Jason Stone

Independence High School football coach Kelley Moore said before the season that if the Patriots did not reach the playoffs this season, the year would be considered a disappointment.
Unfortunately for Patriots fans, the disappointment came sooner than expected.
Greenway handed the Patriots a 43-23 loss last week, Independence’s fourth of the season. The defeat likely will keep IHS from winning the Desert Sky Region, which was the team’s only chance of making the playoffs after three non-region losses.
The Patriots were not the only local team whose playoff chances took a big hit last week. Apollo and Glendale each lost 4A Conference games to fall deeper in trouble.
The Hawks were all but eliminated from consideration with a 38-26 loss to Cactus Shadows, while Glendale lost its second straight Skyline Region game after starting the season 5-1.
Glendale fell to No. 19 in the power point rankings, which is three spots out of qualifying for the playoffs.
In 5A, Ironwood lost 21-14 to Westview when the Eagles gave up a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The loss likely dropped the Eagles out of the playoffs after finishing second in the state a year ago.
On the winning side, Mountain Ridge continued to stay unbeaten in 5A, as did Cactus in 4A, although the Cobras had to snake out a 14-9 win.

Published at glendalestar.com • Oct. 22, 2003

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Mtn. Lions on top of 5A playoff power poll

by Jason Stone

The playoffs are still a few weeks away, but if the regular season ended today, Mountain Ridge would be No. 1.
The 5A Conference released its first two official power point polls over the last week and Mountain Ridge was atop both of them.
The undefeated Mountain Lions, coming off a 49-7 blowout of Goldwater last week, are No. 1 in the 5A rankings that measure team wins against strength of schedule.
Ironwood and Deer Valley, two other local 5A teams, are not ranked in the top 25. The first 16 teams qualify for the playoffs.
The first 4A poll has Cactus at No. 4, the highest local position. Glendale is ranked 19th, while Apollo and Independence are not ranked in the top 25.
Big games this week include a 4A clash between Independence and Greenway. The Patriots likely need to win out to make the playoffs for the second time ever and a win over Greenway would make IHS the Desert Sky Region favorite.
Other big games include Glendale at Thunderbird in 4A and Westview at Ironwood in 5A.

Published at glendalestar.com • Oct. 15, 2003

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Undefeated Cactus still hoping to improve

by Jason Stone

It is hard to imagine the Cactus football team trying to get any better than the Cobras have been over the first six weeks of the season.
Last week’s 59-13 drubbing of Prescott gave the Cobras five blowout wins in the first six games — a span that has seen Cactus outscore its opponents 273-39.
“The second you think you can’t improve is when you’re in trouble,” said Cactus coach Larry Fetkenhier, who is trying to position the Cobras for their first state championship in school history. “We’re getting better, but we still have things we have to get better at.”
Winless Prescott gave Cactus little trouble last week as the Cobras served up the same beating it provided to Saguaro, McClintock, Buckeye and Apollo earlier in the year.
The only close score this season was Cactus’ 24-13 win over Amphi-theatre, but it was a game the Cobras controlled from the start.
“The close games are coming sooner or later,” Fetkenhier said.
It may be later the way the Cobras have been playing. A week after missing a game because of a pulled muscle, running back Nigel Ricks rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cobras to the big win.
“At one point in the first quarter it was 13-7 and then we kind of exploded,” Fetkenhier said. “The next thing you know it’s 31-7. I like the fact that offensively we showed explosiveness and showed the ability to sustain a drive. I like the fact that our special teams have been consistent and given short fields for our offense.”

Published at glendalestar.com • Oct. 15, 2003