Cactus uses strong second half to defeat Coconino

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DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer
After falling behind in the first half, the Cactus defense dominated the second half as the Cobras avoided an upset attempt by Coconino 32-21 Oct. 19 at Coconino High School.

Cactus (7-2) entered the game ranked No. 6 in 4A and the No. 17-ranked Panthers jumped out quickly to a 21-14 halftime lead.
 
The Cobras outgained Coconino 417 to 250 as Conner Cordts threw three touchdown passes and Anthony Flores rushed for two in the victory.
 
Unable to keep up with the Cobras in the second half, Coconino (6-3) fell short in an upset attempt in Glendale.
 
Battling to keep their playoff hopes alive, the 17th-ranked Panthers (6-3, 3-2 Grand Canyon Region) took a 21-14 lead into halftime thanks to Dawson Buckley running hard against the No. 6 Cobras (7-2, 2-1 West Valley) in the non-region matchup between the two 4A Conference teams.
 
Coconino running back Dawson Buckley scored back-to-back rushing touchdowns; a 16-yarder for the first touchdown and a 4-yarder just before halftime to give the Panthers the early lead.
 
Trailing 21-20 in the fourth quarter, Cactus recovered a fumble at the Coconino 20-yard line. On the next play, Cordts dropped back and lofted a pass to Plas Johnson, who grabbed the ball and raced 80 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown.
 
Cordts passed for 166 yards and three touchdowns, Johnson caught three passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Flores rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
 
Cactus travels to Peoria (8-1) 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Peoria High School.

Liberty 24, Sandra Day O’Connor 21

After O’Connor missed a short field goal with four minutes left in the game, Liberty drove 46 yards and Kolter Nelson connected on a 39-yard field goal in the final minute to secure a 24-21 victory.
Brock Mast passed for 213 yards and three touchdowns and Jett Kinsch rushed for 131 yards and caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Lions victory.
Liberty’s defense allowed 507 yards to the Eagles, but came up huge in the final minutes to secure the victory.
Liberty (8-1) travels to Scottsdale Chaparral (5-4) 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Chaparral High School.

Centennial 48, Kellis 0

Centennial’s defense scored its third consecutive shutout, and fourth on the season, as the Coyotes cruised to a 48-0 victory over the Cougars Oct. 19 at Centennial High School.
Five different players scored for the Coyotes, led by Tyler Hovatter, who passed for one and rushed for another. Kenny Williams, Jaydin Young, and Jeiel Stark each rushed for a touchdown and A.J. Jackson caught a touchdown in the victory.
Centennial (9-0) hosts Peoria Sunrise Mountain (7-2) 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Centennial High School. Kellis (0-9) hosts Glendale Ironwood (5-4) 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Kellis High School.

Sunrise Mountain 52, Apollo 13

Quarterback Keegan Freid passed for 276 yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs defeated Apollo 52-13 Oct. 19 at Sunrise Mountain High School.
Freid connected on touchdown passes to Jay Anderson, Ezekiel Marshall and Bryce Cord and Brandon Bogard scored two rushing touchdowns in the victory.
Sunrise Mountain (7-2) travels to Centennial (9-0) 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Centennial High School.

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