High school football roundup

PEORIA LIBERTY LIONS 48, GLENDALE COPPER CANYON AZTECS 0

Preparing for their cross-town battle against Sunrise Mountain in week three, the Liberty Lions dominated Glendale Copper Canyon in cruising to a 48-0 victory Aug. 24 at Copper Canyon High School.
The Lions’ offense totaled 370 yards led by Jonah Guevara, who passed for 163 yards, rushed for 25 and had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). Jake Morris rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another, with Jett Kinsch rushing for one touchdown as the Lions led 42-0 at halftime.
Receivers Jake Robinson, Cameron Ellis and Carter Hill each caught touchdown passes for the Lions while the defense dominated the Aztecs all game. The defense had five sacks with Braxten Croteau getting two in the game. Jax Stam picked off two Copper Canyon passes in leading the Lions’ defense.
Liberty (2-0) hosts Sunrise Mountain (1-1) at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Peoria Liberty High School.

GILBERT WILLIAMS FIELD BLACK HAWKS 23, SUNRISE MOUNTAIN MUSTANGS 18

After jumping out to a quick lead over the Mustangs, Williams Field held on as mistakes cost Sunrise Mountain in a 23-18 loss Aug. 24 at Gilbert Williams Field High School.
Keegan Freid threw for 231 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 137 yards and another touchdown.
The Mustangs missed three field goal attempts in the loss. Jay Anderson caught five passes for 78 yards and Bryce Cord pulled down a 5-yard touchdown reception.
Tommy Arnold had a sack and Elijah Anderson picked off a Williams Field pass, but the Mustangs couldn’t battle back from the early mistakes.
Sunrise Mountain (1-1) faces Liberty (2-0) at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Peoria Liberty High School.


PHOENIX GOLDWATER BULLDOGS 57, KELLIS COUGARS 20

Goldwater pounded out more than 500 yards of offense as it cruised to a 57-20 victory over Kellis Aug. 24 at Goldwater High School.
Rasheed Sterling rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns and Jordan Gourley threw two touchdown passes in leading the Bulldogs’ offense in the victory.
Kellis quarterback Cade Peterson threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions as the Cougars dropped their season opener. Rickey Luna and Andrew Gaston each caught a touchdown pass as Peterson connected on passes to nine different receivers in the loss.
Kellis (0-1) hosts Gilbert Campo Verde (2-0) at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Kellis High School.

PEORIA PANTHERS 49, BUCKEYE YOUNGKER ROUGHRIDERS 9

The Panthers scored 35 first-half points and the defense controlled Youngker in rolling to a 49-9 victory Aug. 24 at Buckeye Youngker High School.
Seven different Panthers rushed with Juwann Price leading the charge with 125 yards and three touchdowns. Cameron Mack added two touchdowns and Malachi Potee added another in the win.
Gabriel Ocampo had a sack and Micho Cordero intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards to set up a Panthers touchdown in the first half as Peoria’s defense held Youngker to under 150 yards total offense.
Peoria (1-0) hosts Buckeye (2-0) at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Peoria High School.

CACTUS COBRAS 36, TUCSON CATALINA FOOTHILLS FALCONS 12

Starting the new season a day late after the game was delayed due to lightning, and in their first game with a new coach for the first time in over 34 years, the Cobras used a dominating defense in defeating the Falcons 36-12 Aug. 24 at Tucson Catalina Foothills High School.
Cactus quarterback Conner Cordts threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns as the Cobras pounded out 441 total offensive yards and the defense held the Falcons under 200. Anthony Flores rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown and Zach Cullop grabbed seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Cactus (1-0) hosts its first home game Aug. 31 against Ironwood (1-0) at 7 p.m. at Cactus High School.
The Cactus Cobras football schedule was omitted in a previous publication, so the remaining schedule is below:
(Home games all caps)
Sept. 7 at Goodyear Estrella Foothill Wolves
Sept. 14 TUCSON SALPOINTE CATHOLIC LANCERS
Sept. 21 at Buckeye Youngker Roughriders
Sept. 28 GLENDALE DEER VALLEY SKYHAWKS
Oct. 5 at Goodyear Desert Edge Scorpions
Oct. 12 LAKE HAVASU KNIGHTS
Oct. 19 FLAGSTAFF COCONINO PANTHERS
Oct. 26 at Peoria Panthers

GLENDALE CARDINALS 32, FLAGSTAFF EAGLES 28

Opening the new season with high expectations, the Glendale Cardinals battled back and forth before holding off numerous late Eagles chances to come away with a 32-28 victory Aug. 24 at Flagstaff High School.
Trailing 28-26 with 2:27 left in the game, the Cardinals faced a third down and eight when Cardinals quarterback TJ Owens dropped back, eluded a Flagstaff rush, and fired a crossing pass to for a first down. Glendale would march 84-yards ending with the go-ahead score with 1:44 left in the game.
Flagstaff got the ball back at their own 41-yard line to set up a winning drive attempt, but they were called with two penalties, before the Glendale defense made the stop to seal the win.
Owens connected on six of seven passes for 119 yards and a touchdown while adding two rushing touchdowns while Kevin Daniels rushed for 156 yards and grabbed five receptions and 121 yards and two touchdowns. Andre Neal also rushed three times for 63 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Flagstaff quarterback Henry Tagle finished going 8 for 11 with 79 yards and one touchdown, while Rob Morrow rushed for 93-yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Glendale (1-0) returns home to play Phoenix Valley Lutheran 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Glendale High School.

CORONA DEL SOL AZTECS 19, MOUNTAIN RIDGE MOUNTAIN LIONS 14

After leading 14-13 heading into the final quarter, the Mountain Ridge defense allowed a touchdown in the final three minutes to lead the Aztecs to a 19-14 victory over the Mountain Lions at Tempe Corona del Sol High School Aug. 24.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Mountain Lions turned the ball over at their own 30-yard line with four minutes left in the game. Three plays later, Corona del Sol quarterback Rickey Pearsall grabbed a short pass from Ryan Helt for a touchdown to seal the victory.
Helt threw for 125 yards and a touchdown to lead Corona del Sol while Mountain Ridge was led by junior quarterback Alex Hames who threw for 190 yards, but tossed three interceptions in the loss. Running back Jacob Graff had 55 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Preston Miller grabbed six passes for 81 yards in the loss.
Mountain Ridge (0-2) travels to Avondale Westview (0-1) 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Avondale Westview High School.

QUEEN CREEK CASTEEL 60, APOLLO HAWKS 24

After opening the season with a huge victory over Scottsdale Desert Mountain, Apollo faced a Queen Creek Casteel team coming off a loss to Peoria Centennial, but the Hawks couldn’t control a powerful Colts offense in falling 60-24 Aug. 24 at Apollo High School.Quarterback Gunner Cruz threw for 451 yards and six touchdowns as the Colts totaled 604  yards in their first victory in 5A.

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