Where in the Valley is Gridiron going? - Quarterfinals

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  1. Gridiron Arizona

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    Each week, I make the trek out to a school in the Metro Phoenix area to watch, tweet, take photos, and report on a game.

    Last week, I was at Millennium as the Tigers defeated Gilbert, 45-14 behind a tremendous effort from RB Larry Craft.

    This Friday, the conference playoffs resume and the new Open State Championship begins. The 8-team field includes 4 from the 6A and 2 each from the 5A and the 4A. I'll be taking that in as #3 Saguaro hosts #6 Horizon in Scottsdale. The schools are separated by just over 10 miles, but haven't played one another since 1994.

    Horizon (9-1) has allowed just 153 points this season. Since the thrilling 35-34 double-OT win over Notre Dame that got the Huskies here, HHS has given up just 10 total points over the last three games. In its last game, Horizon limited Desert Mountain to just 58 rushing yards. The offense is missing QB Jake Martinelli (knee injury), but still managed to score 97 points in the last 2 games with senior Canyon Funk starting. Tight end Jay Rudolph is Horizon's top college prospect and the 6-4, 220-pounder is committed to San Diego State. Rudolph had a 200-yard receiving game against Pinnacle earlier this season and scored his 7th touchdown of the year in the Huskies' last game.

    Saguaro (9-1) also brings the defense as the Sabercats have allowed just 78 points this year. SHS finished the year with three straight shutouts and hasn't allowed a point in 14 quarters. The talent on the roster includes linebacker Will Shaffer, an ASU commit that also has 7 rushing touchdowns, Matt Polk an Oklahoma State commit at WR that has 8 TD catches, and offensive tackle Jaylan Jeffers, an Oregon commit. Kelee Ringo, who has yet to commit, will be playing in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio this January. He's a five-star at cornerback and has also been shouldering some of the offensive load (13 rushing TDs) for the Sabercats. Saguaro has won a first-round playoff game in each of the last 13 years. SHS has a streak of 24 consecutive postseason victories, which includes (2) Division III titles, (1) Division II title, and (3) 4A titles. This of course, is not your ordinary first-round game, though.

    Ty Wisdom has done an incredible job with Horizon this season guiding the Huskies to this point. In our Preseason Ocho predictions at Arizona Varsity, none of the 5 on staff had Horizon on their list. Each team has had an extra week to prepare with the bye last week. Can the Huskies pull off the upset? We'll find out Friday night at Sag-U!

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