Boo! Week 8 football action included scary moments

    Halloween appeared to have come a week early, when you consider
the downright scary endings and heart-stopping plays during any number
of Arizona high school football games this past week.
    The list
starts with the weekend’s marque game between Hamilton HS, No. 1
ranked in 5A-I and unbeaten, and No. 2 Brophy Prep, a game that was
decided by just three points.  The Broncos had to dig themselves out of
a 21-0 hole at halftime to be able to tie the game at 21 with just over
10 minutes left to play.  It was a thrilling interception by Brophy’s Alex Garoutte that he returned for a score to tie the game. 
    The clock wound down to the 3-minute mark before Hamilton’s Yannick Mets split the uprights for a 40-yard field goal to give the Huskie’s their 24-21 victory.  Max Leonesio had two scores for the Broncos and Hamilton QB Travis Dean accounted for two running scores.  The Huskie’s junior defensive back, Mike Monroe, had two interceptions in the second half.
Next up on the list had to be Chandler HS beating Desert Vista HS with
two heart-stopping plays inside of the final two minutes of the game –
the last with just two seconds left on the clock!  A pass from Desert
Vista QB Cody Sokol to Ryne Rezac for 29 yards and a TD tied the game at 22 at the 1:38 mark (thrill #1).  But then Chandler QB Brett Hundley marched his Wolves down the field and found Michael Okonkwo
in the end zone as the clock wound down (thrill #2) for a wild 29-22
victory.  Hundley was 15-of-28 for 149 yards passing and ran for
another 145 yards, while the Wolves piled up 513 yards of total offense.
    Apache Junction HS and Corona del Sol HS provided even more excitement…
Queen Creek HS jumped all over Apache Junction HS and took a 14-0 lead
Friday night.  And then the fireworks started!  The Prospectors went on
to score 52 straight points and leave a 52-14 route in its wake.
‘Scared’ would not be quite as appropriate a description here as would
‘stunned’ to describe the game.  But, for many in the stands, it was
indeed ‘thrilling.’
    Harrison Pomeroy
was the one lighting the fire for Apache Junction, scoring the first
touchdown for the Prospectors and then adding a couple more TDs before
finishing with 182 yards on 11 carries.
    Meanwhile, the game between Corona del Sol and Basha wound down to the final five minutes before Dylan Harris broke a 24-24 deadlock with a 43-yard field goal and the Aztecs held on to upset Basha, ranked No. 5 in 5A-I.
On the flip side, we had a few games that couldn’t even pretend to be
thrilling.  Two games stand out as great examples in the
“Never-in-doubt” category:
    Donte Jackson
was a one-man wrecking crew for Yuma HS as the quarterback threw for a
pair of touchdowns and then went the other way to intercept three
passes on defense as the Criminals ran up an embarrassing 61-0 win over
San Luis HS. 
    It wasn’t hard to see where this game was going right out of the chute, as Yuma’s JC Baker
ran the opening kickoff back for 85 yards and the first score.  He
finished with 192 yards and three TDs.  On defense, the Crims’ David Chavoya also had three interceptions.
   Next week, Yuma will take on Kofa HS and their workhorse, Timmy Lee,
who carried 31 times in a 49-13 win over Gila Ridge HS, finishing with
195 yards and four touchdowns.  That should be a great game for anyone
who enjoys an offensive display.
    Back in the Valley, the Valley
Christian HS vs. Camp Verde HS also turned into a zombie-like affair
early.  Six different players scored for Valley Christian.  The kicker,
Client Sanniec, got eight
points by himself as the TDs stacked up; the field goal and 5 PATs gave
Sanniec 150 career points.  Also scoring: senior running back Blake Argo, senior wide receiver Kyle O’Brien, junior tight end Drew Bond, junior running back Tyler Hunt, junior QB Jordan Morgan, and sophomore running back Josh Pineda.