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Higley knocks off Campo Verde from unbeaten ranks

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Open division implications were on the line Friday night when sixth-ranked Campo Verde battled Higley in a matchup between two of the top teams in the 5A Conference.

The two teams traded blows throughout the first half, but Higley was ultimately able to pull away from Campo Verde, defeating the Coyotes 52-30.

“We have great athletes out there and we have a great offensive system,” Higley coach Eddy Zubey said. “Brandon Large is a great offensive coordinator and he just called all the right plays. We just took advantage of the situations.”

Higley held on to a one-score lead at the half after junior quarterback Kai Millner connected with junior Branson Heywood and senior Isaiah Eastman for the Knights’ only two touchdo...

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Higley beats Casteel for 5th straight win

It’s tough for any team to come back from a 0-2 start to the season. It can derail a season, leave the team overreacting to their game plan and make decisions that leave the team going nowhere.

That wasn’t the case for the Higley Knights, winning five straight games including tonight’s 31-22 win over the Casteel Colts. 

“The kids took it upon themselves to be accountable to each other and study more film and be better football players and be better teammates and it’s shown over the last five weeks,” Higley coach Eddy Zubey said.

The Knights defense had a bit of trouble dealing with senior running back Benjamin Biancas, who ran for 114 yards on 19 carries, but the defense held them at the goal-line three straight runs...

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Campo Verde picks up big win over Gilbert

In front of a rowdy homecoming crowd against a district rival, Campo Verde managed to squeak by Gilbert on Friday night to keep its undefeated season alive, 24-21.

Last year, the Gilbert Tigers ended Campo Verde’s undefeated streak when they beat the Coyotes 34-3 at home. This year the end result was very different.

“They came in with a leading rusher, pounding the ball very well and that was our goal we wanted to stop the run,” Gilbert coach Derek Zellner said. “We felt if we could stop the run and force them to throw that would give us an opportunity to put ourselves in position to win.”

Zellner said the Tigers came in this year with the same goal, but Campo Verde junior running back Caden Calloway had different pl...

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Highland makes statement in rout of Basha

For many teams across the Valley, this is the start of their true season.

At this point in the year, teams start separating themselves from the rest of the pack, as each game carries more weight with playoff implications.

For Highland and Basha, two teams with only one loss combined heading into the contest, this was a statement game. However, it was the Hawks that made the biggest statement of them all, as they cruised to a convincing victory to knock off the Bears from the undefeated ranks, 40-7.

The Hawks were a dominant force offensively this game, attacking the Bears with a balanced running and passing attack. Sophomore quarterback Gage Dayley and senior running back Daniel Wood led the attack

Dayley threw...

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Gilbert wins signature game over Sunrise Mountain

The Gilbert Tigers rode hot quarterback play from senior Will Plummer and six defensive takeaways in a 50-47 home win over Sunrise Mountain in 5A football on Friday night.

Gilbert’s offense stumbled out of the gates, giving up a fumble mere plays into the opening drive and allowing an early touchdown to the Mustangs. The Tigers responded with a field goal, and trimmed the lead to 6-3, scored a touchdown on a long pass their next drive to go up 10-6, and held on to the lead the rest of the game.

Sunrise Mountain’s offense heated up in the second half, but Plummer and the Tigers were able to score enough to hang on to the lead.

Using his quick feet, Plummer evaded pass rushers all night, giving his receivers time to ge...

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