Week 6: Prep football standings get a shake-up at the top

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There was a whole lotta shakin’ going on in Week 6 of the Arizona high school football season.

Movement among the Top 5 teams in big-school and small-school divisions across the state helped shake out the more deserving from those that may have a more difficult road through the playoffs.

The upset getting the most buzz was Chandler High‘s 26-16 win over Hamilton High School in a Division I match-up that had an underlying story that focused the public’s attention on this game.  The two teams co-exist in the East Valley community of Chandler and have built a rivalry over the years – despite the fact that Chandler had never beaten the Huskies, which have dominated Division I for years and often come into a season with a national ranking.

That all changed Friday night when Chandler broke the 14-year drought that included 17 games of utter frustration for the Wolves.  Both teams came into the game ranked in the Top 5 of Division I, but it would be tough to classify this a huge upset based on the fact that Hamilton (4-2) was No. 3 and Chandler (4-2) was right behind them at No. 4.

But, to Chandler fans, it was huge.  And the way their team broke the Hamilton spell couldn’t have been scripted better, as the Wolves scored three touchdowns in the final three minutes to overcome a 9-6 Hamilton lead at the half.  Quarterback Bryce Perkins scored on a 10-yard run with 2:44 left on the game clock to make it 13-9, but Hamilton took the lead back at the 1:12 mark when Sam Sasso threw a TD strike to Elijah Williams.

But it was the 14-yard touchdown pass from Perkins to Dionte Dykes with 13 seconds left to play that sealed the deal and send the Chandler fans into a fenzy.  And almost before the yelling subsided, Chandler safety Jefferson Hunt intercepted Sasso on the first play from scrimmage and returned it for one final score.

Meanwhile, No. 3 Saguaro High School was shaking things up in Division III by ending the 19-game winning streak of top-ranked Queen Creek High with a 35-28 win at home.

Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer had a big night, passing for 327 yards and three touchdowns and running for another 54 yards and a TD.  His favorite target on the night was wide receiver J.T. Nettleton who pulled in eight receptions for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Saguaro ran up 459 yards of offense, despite being docked 105 yards on 13 penalties.

In Division IV, No. 1 Blue Ridge High held on for a win over No. 3 Snowflake High School to set the table for it’s annual rivalry game with No. 2 Show Low High on Friday.

The Yellow Jackets (5-1)  ran up 339 total yards in the 38-35 victory against previously-unbeaten Snowflake (5-1), which had outscored its opponents 200-87 in its first five games.

In Division V, it was a match-up of the top two teams, with No. 2 Arizona Lutheran Academy pulling off  the upset of No. 1 Northwest Christian in a game that produced 848 total yards of combined offense, with Lutheran posting 466 of those.

The game was close throughout, with a slight edge for Lutheran at the half, 14-13, and then the game was tied at 22.  But a pass from Lutheran’s sophomore quarterback, Cameron Haag,  to Jesse Zwick coming out of the backfield proved to be the margin of victory.  The score by the junior running back was his third of the night, following a couple of running TDs.

But the most stunning upset of a top-five team took place at the Homecoming game for Tempe High School, where Washington High hung 70 points on the No. 5 Buffaloes in Division III.

Washington was 3-2 coming into the game, but its losses were to big-school competition in the first two games of the season.  Against Tempe, the Rams dominated the running game, running up 284 yards to Tempe’s 99 on the way to the 70-48 victory.

But it was a toss-up in the passing part of the game, with James Rasmussen completing 13-for-29 for 282 yards for Washington and Tempe’s Emanuel Gant going 16-for-27 for 272 yards before leaving the game with an arm injury in the fourth quarter.

Antwoin Marlowe was the workhorse for Washington, carrying the ball 23 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns.