Where in the Valley is Gridiron going? - Week 11

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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 involving 6A or 5A teams.

    Last week, I was at Ironwood as Sunnyslope scored a big 35-13 victory to place itself in the playoff mix. A Vikings' win this week at Apollo will get them in.

    This Friday, I'll be in Gilbert for a Top-10 battle of schools just 2.5 miles apart - Higley @ Williams Field.

    When Higley (7-2) has the ball, the matchup to watch is with the Knights' passing game. Cal commit Spencer Brasch has thrown for almost 2,500 yards with 34 touchdowns. He has thrown a TD pass in 15 consecutive starts. On the other end of that, it's been Coleman Owen. The senior, who missed last year to injury, has 1,019 yards and 17 TDs. Jaxen Gibbons has also added 624 yards and eight touchdowns. The Knights will be looking to do that against one of the top secondaries in the state. Williams Field has picked off 14 passes and is led by Scooter Brown, Noa Pola-Gates, and Jadon Pearson. That trio has 9 picks and Pola-Gates is a national recruit that has visited Penn State and Nebraska and still has one planned for Alabama.

    When Williams Field (8-1) has the ball, the trenches are the place to look. Up front, the Black Hawks are led by junior offensive tackle Noah Nelson (6-7, 290). Nelson has offers from ASU, UA, Washington, UCLA, Indiana, and Purdue. Three other juniors on the WFHS line are Andrew Garcia, Cooper Darling, and Adam Reed. They'll be opposed by a Higley group that has 36 sacks (4/game). Utah State commit Logan Maxwell mans one of the D-end positions. He had 5 sacks last week against Gilbert and earned an Ed Doherty medallion. The rest of the line is Ty Robinson, Jason Harris, and Jackson Solomon. That Fearsome Four totals 32 of the Knights' sacks.

    Williams Field comes in at #2 in the points while Higley is at #6. These teams met every year from the Black Hawks' first season as a full AIA member (2009) through 2015. Williams Field leads the all-time series 8-0. In 2015, they faced one another twice. It's very possible that a second meeting could occur (quarterfinals?) in 2018.

    Will the Black Hawks run their record to 9-0 against Arizona competition? Will Higley finally score a win over their rivals? A big crowd will be there in the Southeast Valley to find out.

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