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Sosaia Maafu leads big comeback for Arcadia

by Jason Stone

Phoenix Arcadia started Thursday night’s Division III playoff game at Peoria Liberty looking like a team that thought the game was supposed to be played on Friday instead.
But star running back Sosaia Maafu carried the team on its back, helping Arcadia erase an early 17-0 deficit to post a dramatic 35-34 victory in the quarterfinal game.
Arcadia plays Glendale Cactus in next week’s semifinals.
“Phenomenal” was how coach Jim Ellison described Arcadia’s comeback. Maafu scored four touchdowns — three rushing and one receiving — and amassed 252 yards on the ground to help Arcadia (10-2) stay alive.
“Coach called a timeout when it was 17-0, and he just told us that we were better than this,” Maafu said.
arcadia0924With Liberty up 20-7, Maafu scored on a 10-yard reception seconds before halftime, giving Arcadia momentum. He then gave Arcadia its first lead (21-20) by punctuating a 65-yard drive on its opening possession of the half with a 23-yard scoring run.
Maafu’s four-yard scoring run near the end of the quarter put Arcadia up 28-20, but Liberty answered right back with a quick five-play drive to make the score 28-26. Arcadia held on to the lead by snuffing out the 2-point conversion.
Maafu then broke off a 37-yard run on the ensuing possession to set up his 1-yard touchdown plunge that extended Arcadia’s lead to nine with less than five minutes remaining.
Liberty (10-2) got back in it immediately on Kyle Harms‘ 80-yard touchdown run. Harms also had an 88-yard touchdown run in the first half. Liberty converted the 2-point play to cut the deficit to one.
After forcing Arcadia to punt, however, Liberty quarterback Tyler Rogers, who was playing on a bad ankle, threw an interception with under two minutes to go, sealing the victory for Arcadia.
Initially, Liberty appeared it was going for an easy win when it scored on its first three possessions, but Arcadia’s offensive and defensive lines dominated Liberty’s the final three quarters.

Published at azcentral.com • Nov. 10, 2011

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What Do I Want In Five Years …

I think it’s time to assess some current things and plan for the future.
October was a light running month after my first 5K. Instead it has been replaced more with tennis and hiking. Met up with a hiking group and have done North Mountain a couple of times and even dragged a co-worker to go with me.
Plans are still on for a half-marathon in late January. Running will resume more regularly starting the beginning of next week. I feel confident I will be able to train hard for this first big race. In the meantime, I wanted to try my first 10K — actually an 11K on 11-11-11, which is Veteran’s Day. So  perhaps a week from tomorrow there will be a blog about my first 10K. If not, it will happen someday soon.
Also have thought of goals that i want to accomplish in the next five years. In random order:
  • I want to be able to make a living in a place where it snows or rains everyday, especially in the summer. That climate suits me more, I’ve had enough sun to last a lifetime and my all-time favorite exercise is shoveling snow since it is so peaceful.
  • I am ready to be financially independent. I have decided I’m ready to do jobs I don’t want to do. The jobs I do don’t make very good money, and it’s time to stop struggling. It’s worth a try.
  • I want to start a family and have some daughters, probably adopted. I have always thought it would be better to have a big family once I have my own personal selfishness run its course and I no longer care about myself in that way. I’m sure once I accomplish a few athletic goals I will be satisfied and ready to move on to that.
  • To be in an earthquake and survive 🙂
  • I would like to have an iPad and daily access to a Jacuzzi or at the very least have a huge bath tub in my house.
That’s about all I can dream up right about now.
what are YOU dreaming about?