Friday night lights shone brightly on Carl Hayden HS

    There were some significant upsets this week in Arizona high school
football, games that scrambled the standings among the ‘big dogs’ in 5A
and 4A competition, plus some extended win streaks that were challenged.
But the feel-good story of Carl Hayden HS getting its first win since
2002 had to be the game that will be remembered by many for a long time
to come.
    Carl Hayden led 20-6 at halftime and never looked back
after that, posting a 44-21 win over San Luis HS to bring an end to a
66-game losing streak!  Those who made some of the biggest
contributions Thursday night were running backs Chazz Walton and Francisco Bustillos with a TD from each; a pair of interceptions by Oscar Vera; and Ulises Contreras going 10-of-15 passing, with no interceptions, and two TD passes, one to Gabriel Manquero and the other to Alejandro Miranda.
 
  There were 21 seniors on the 36-man varsity roster that will have a
special memory of their final year of high school ball.  The captains
of this history-making squad are Tre’ Fields and Andres Renteria, both linemen, and Manquero, who is a receiver and defensive back. 
   
Among the few upsets among the ranked teams in 5A and 4A, the most
significant had to be No. 2 Notre Dame Prep rolling over No. 1
ParadiseValley HS, 31-12, in 4A-II play.  It’s hard to call a win by
Notre Dame an ‘upset’ since they are the two-time defending champions
in 4A-II – but Paradise Valley, the pre-season top-ranked team that
moved down from 4A-I this year, has been an offensive juggernaut this
year, racking up a single-game state record the game before with 592
rushing yards, 295 yards from Jake Brown and 267 yards from Tyree Parker.
    But this week, the Saints limited the high-octane Trojan offense to just two long TD passes, one of 53 yards to Shawn Gleason and the other a 55-yard strike to Parker.  Brown left the game early in the first quarter with an ankle injury. 
    Will King, a senior quarterback who is a first-year starter this year for Notre Dame, threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
    The marquee game of the weekend had to be the inter-divisional match-up between Centennial HS, ranked No. 1 in 5A-II, and Brophy Prep, the No. 2-rank team in 5A-I.  While Centennial took out a team in a bracket above them, it’s hardly an upset when you consider the school is ranked eighth nationally by USA Today.
    By halftime, it appeared Centennial had the game in hand with a 17-0 lead, but a 51-yard field goal by Alex Garoutte as the second half started got the ball rolling for Brophy, and a 69-yard score by Peter Kelly closed the gap further, but Centennial put it away in the final minute. 
    The most recognizable winning streak that is still alive is the 36-game streak that No. 2 (4A-I) Saguaro preserved by knocking off Peoria HS, 13-0, on touchdowns by sophomore D.J. Foster and junior Danny Clark. Peoria didn’t make it easy on the three-time defending, holding them to a 7-0 lead at halftime and not giving up the second TD until the final quarter.  Notre Dame’s win kept a 26-game streak going.
    Outstanding individual efforts… Perry HS quarterback Chase Richardson did everything but kick field goals as he went 10-for-12 for 181 yards and a passing TD and then rushed for 47 more yards and four more scores to fuel a 54-35 win over Gila Ridge HS… Shawn Martin was a workhorse for Coronado HS as he rushed for 336 yards on 26 carries in a 34-32 win over Seton Catholic… Connor Brewer threw for 193 yards and two TDs for Chaparral in its 17-6 win over Mesquite HS… Valley Vista HS and La Joya Community HS piled up a combined 680 yards of offense, with Valley Vista’s Charles James rushing for342 yards on 30 carries and La Joya’s D.J. Hubbard picking up 240 yards… Tyler Crombeen carried the ball 19 times for 265 yards and four touchdowns in a Williams HS victory over Hopi HS, 39-14… Phoenix Christian’s Jay Leary had touchdown runs of 76 and 69 yards as part of a 252-yard rushing total, with three touchdowns in all… and Northwest Christian sophomore running back, Casey Jahn, added 150 yards to his 168-yard-per-game average to help overwhelm Tempe Prep, 38-7.