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AIA Football Championship games recap

Open Division
Chandler 42, Saguaro 35

The Chandler Wolves opened up a 21-0 lead in the first 5:17 of the opening quarter. Saguaro did nit quit, although being down 28-7 at the half. Senior Daveon Hunter broke through the center of the line an bolted nearly 60 yards for the first touchdown.

The Sabercats took the second half kickoff and scored to pull within 28-14. Chandler pushed to lead up to 35-14, before a Saguaro puncher in a score to end the quarter trailing 35-21.

Saguaro got closer at 35-28 with 10:15 remaining, but the Wolves used an 85 yard drive to nearly seal the deal with a Little over a minute to play. The  Sabercats scored to close the gap to seven again with :46 left, but failed to recover the onside kick. 

Top seeded Chandler ran out the clock to finish their perfect season at (13-0). Number 2, Saguaro ends at (11-2).

Division 6
Liberty 34, Red Mountain 28, OT

The lowest seed at #7, the Liberty Lions (10-4) upset the #1 seed in Red Mountain Mountain Lions 34-28 in overtime.

Liberty led 21-7 at the break, but Red Mountain rallied with two TDs in the final four minutes, to tie the game 28-28, to send it to overtime.

After Liberty scored, Red Mountain (12-2), threw an interception in the end zone on a fourth down play, giving Liberty the championship.

Division 5
Williams Field 19, Campo Verde 0

The top seed Blackhawks of Williams Field used a turnover, and two long touchdown passes to beat the Campo Verde Coyotes.

A Coyote fumble led to the first points, as Kaden Cloud scored from 2 yards out with 8:33 left in the first quarter. The Coyotes (10-4), had two chances to get points in the first half, but both field goal attempts were just wide right.  Mason Bugg put Williams Field up 13-0 going into halftime when he hit Joshua Gale who rambled 80 yards for the TD.

Bugg hit Myles Taylor on the same play as the pass to Gale,  this time for 46 yards and a 19-0 advantage. The Black Hawk defense held Campo Verde to less than 200 yards of total offense.

Williams Field ends their championship season at (12-2).

Division 4
Mesquite 28, Desert Edge 23

The #6 Mesquite Wildcats knocked off the #4 Desert Edge Scorpions to take the D4 title, after winning their two previous playoff games by one point each. Desert Edge had knocked out the Prescott Badgers 37-7 in the first round on November 8.

The Wildcats (11-3), had to come back after losing a 16-3 halftime lead. The Scorpions took a 23-22 lead with seven minutes remaining. Ty Thompson threw a 33 yard TD pass with under two minutes to play for the winning points. Thompson threw for 386 yards and 3 touchdowns. Desert Edge ends their season at (10-4).

Division 3
Arizona Lutheran Academy (Queen Creek) 24, Benjamin Franklin 6

The number two seed ALA Queen Creek Patriots knocked off the number one seed Benjamin Franklin Chargers, in a battle between to charter schools.

Amiyah Jamison rushed for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Patriots.

The Patriots 13-1), held a 14-6 lead at halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, ALA (Queen Creek) put the game away with two fourth quarter TDs. The Chargers end at (12-2).

Division 2
Round Valley 34, Phoenix Christian 28

The Elks of Round Valley earned their number one seeded championship with a hard fought win over the #3 Phoenix Christian Cougars. The Elks (11-2) trailed 14-10 at the half, and went down 28-10 with two minutes left in the third quarter. The home team pulled it together with a fourth quarter rally to overcome the deficit and win the championship. The Cougars end at (12-2).

Division 1 (8 man)
Williams 35, Superior Jr./Sr. 20

Alex Garrett rushed for 212 yards and 4 touchdowns, and Chance Pearson had 166 yards and one TD, as the #1 seeded Williams Vikings won the D1 championship 35-20 over the Superior Jr./Sr. Panthers. The #3 Panthers (9-2) were led by sophomore Mathew Cruz, who threw for 206 yards, 2 touchdowns, but 3  interceptions.

Pearson and Garrett were the top two Vikings (10-1)), with tackles on the defensive side of the ball.



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