High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

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Desert Ridge head coach Jeremy Hathcock.(Photo: Sean Logan/azcentral sports)

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It's expected for football teams to go through a handshake line after games. 

But that didn't happen at the end of last week's one-sided win by Mesa Desert Ridge's junior varsity team at Mesa.

For good reason.

Desert Ridge varsity coach Jeremy Hathcock, watching the game, sent the players to the end zone after the game to keep something bad from happening. Only the coaches exchanged handshakes after the game.

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On the last play, a deep pass was thrown by Mesa, and ...

"About two seconds after the play, one of our linemen ran down the field and hit one of their kids in the back as the clock ran out," Mesa Athletic Director Dave Huffine said.

Hathcock said, "When that happened, our kids went nuts."

Last week, in Nevada, a fight broke out at the end of a varsity football game between Canyon Springs and Basic and school district police used pepper spray to break it up, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Huffine, a former football coach, didn't blame Hathcock for avoiding conflict in the handshake line among players.

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"Jeremy felt it was best to send his kids to the end zone to cool off," Huffine said. "Some of our fans were upset and yelled at the Desert Ridge team for not going through the line, but it was the right thing to do to diffuse the situation. I told Jeremy and their AD, Jim Lavin, that, as well.

"Our fans yelled at them as they got on the bus and that was the end of it."

Hathcock said he was looking out for players' safety.

"It's a judgment call," he said. "For that case, it was for safety and you always error on the side of safety."

Carry on

Mesa is bringing back some of its past stars for Friday night's homecoming game when the Jackrabbits play Chandler Basha.

Coach Kapi Sikahema said that these former all-state players will be on hand: Vai Sikahema, BYU; Deuce Lutui, USC; Orlando McKay, Washington; and Robert Holcombe, Illinois. Lutui is a coach on the Mesa staff.

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Moro update

Tempe Marcos de Niza coach Paul Moro, who was diagnosed with lung cancer, said that he had his last radiation treatment on Wednesday and won't have to undergo chemotherapy.

"They think they can keep it from spreading in pill form," Moro said. 

Marcos de Niza plays at Casa Grande on Friday night.

Struggles at Basha

It's been a rocky start for 2015 state champion coach Rick Wellbrock at Chandler Basha, which has lost four in a row since opening with a win at Avondale Westview. 

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It doesn't get easier for Wellbrock, who led Goodyear Desert Edge to its first state football title two years ago. Basha plays in the Premier Region with upcoming games against Chandler, Phoenix Brophy Prep, Chandler Hamilton and Gilbert Perry.

"It's a process," Wellbrock said. "I think we'll be just fine."

Basha went 3-8 last year in coach Gerald Todd's last season.

Wellbrock didn't have this difficulty at Desert Edge, where he led the Scorpions to a 10-3 record in his first season in 2010.

Building blocks at Carl Hayden

Phoenix Carl Hayden has been one of the toughest places to win at in the past few decades.

But the freshman football team under coach Schiavone Davis is off to a 4-0 start, providing hope for future varsity teams.

This could be a spark the community needs to get more kids out for the game and watch the program grow.

Ball showdown

Phoenix Shadow Mountain's state championship boys basketball team will be playing Chino Hills in the Hoophall West Classic on Dec. 8 at Scottsdale Chaparral. Chino Hills features junior guard LaMelo Ball, a UCLA commit, who scored 92 points in a game last season.

This matchup should motivate Shadow Mountain junior guards Jaelen House and Jovan Blacksher Jr.

"He's a great player," said Jovan's father, Jovan Sr., "We've actually played against him two times already (in club ball). He's a very competitive kid and humble. But on this end, we have Lil Jay and Jaelen on the same team. It's going to be much different because they feed off of each other. But it should be a great game for the fans."

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Perry quarterback Brock Purdy scores a touchdown against Chandler during the first quarter of the 6A high school football state championship game at Arizona Stadium in Tucson on Saturday, December 2, 2017. David Wallace/azcentral sportsFullscreenChandler celebrates after winning the 6A high school
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Alphonso Taylor of Hamilton celebrates in the first half of the high school football game between the Perry Pumas and the Hamilton Huskies at Perry High School on Friday, October 20, 2017 in Gilbert, Arizona. Billy Hardiman/Special for azcentral sportsFullscreenSkyline's Steven Castle (16) passes against the Red
Skyline's Steven Castle (16) passes against the Red Mountain defense during the first half at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz. on October 20, 2017. Patrick Breen/azcentral sportsFullscreenSkyline's Steven Castle (16) hands the ball off to
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Hamilton Brenden Rice (2) completes the catch for a touchdown during a high school football game against the Basha at Hamilton High in Chandler on October 13, 2017. Hamilton vs. Basha #hsfb Cheryl Evans/azcentral sportsFullscreenFlag bearers stand before the game between Cactus and
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Glendale Mountain Ridge players prepare to take the field before a home game against Anthem Boulder Creek on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Mark Brown/Special for azcentral sportsFullscreenGilbert Highland cheerleaders wear the name of 'Cooper'
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Perry's David Eppinger (16) breaks up a pass for Chandler's Gunner Romney (18) in the end zone at Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. on October 6, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenChandler's Jacob Conover (16) celebrates with Decarlos
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Corona running back Brandon Gavel moves to the left pre-snap in a game against Desert Ridge on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 in Mesa, Ariz. Logan Newman/azcentral sportsFullscreenCorona running back Kobee Marion runs the ball against
Corona running back Kobee Marion runs the ball against Desert Ridge on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 in Mesa, Ariz. Logan Newman/azcentral sportsFullscreenCactus enters the field prior to the high school football
Cactus enters the field prior to the high school football game between the Peoria Panthers and the Cactus Cobras at Cactus High School on Friday, September 29, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. Billy Hardiman/Special for azcentral sportsFullscreenSunsets before the start of thei high school football
Sunsets before the start of thei high school football game between Westview versus Tolleson on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Tolleson High School in Tolleson, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenTolleson's Arnell Christen jr. (#25) congratulates
Tolleson's Arnell Christen jr. (#25) congratulates Tolleson's Nick Landing (#37) after his touchdown in the first quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Tolleson High School in Tolleson, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenMillennium's Zareq Brown (#5) dives for the end zone
Millennium's Zareq Brown (#5) dives for the end zone but fumbles the ball on the 1-yard line but it's recovered for the touchdown in the fourth quarter of their high school football game against La Joya Community on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at La Joya Community High School in Avondale, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenWide receiver Zach Cullop (80) of Cactus makes a catch
Wide receiver Zach Cullop (80) of Cactus makes a catch in the first half of the high school football game between the Peoria Panthers and the Cactus Cobras at Cactus High School on Friday, September 29, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. Billy Hardiman/Special for azcentral sportsFullscreenDobson players huddle before the game against Red Mountain
Dobson players huddle before the game against Red Mountain at Red Mountain High School on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in Mesa, Ariz. Sean Logan/azcentral sportsFullscreenCornerback Isaac Gilliam (13) of Cactus makes a catch
Cornerback Isaac Gilliam (13) of Cactus makes a catch in the first half of the high school football game between the Peoria Panthers and the Cactus Cobras at Cactus High School on Friday, September 29, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. Billy Hardiman/Special for azcentral sportsFullscreenCasteel quarterback Gunner Cruz and his Colts teammates
Casteel quarterback Gunner Cruz and his Colts teammates stand for the national anthem before the game against Yuma Catholic on Friday, September 29, 2017. Nick Snow/Special for azcentral sportsFullscreenSkyline's Marcus Brown makes a reception against Mountain
Skyline's Marcus Brown makes a reception against Mountain View during the 3rd quarter at Skyline High School on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in Mesa, Ariz. Sean Logan/azcentral sportsFullscreenRed Mountain's Lance Lawson makes a 41-yard reception
Red Mountain's Lance Lawson makes a 41-yard reception against Dobson during the 1st quarter at Red Mountain High School on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in Mesa, Ariz. Sean Logan/azcentral sportsFullscreenSkyline receiver Darius Glover (6) tips the ball to
Skyline receiver Darius Glover (6) tips the ball to a teammate on fourth-and-ten during the game winning drive against Mountain View on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in Mesa. Logan Newman/azcentral sportsFullscreenChaparral's Marqui Johnson (#1) rushes for a first
Chaparral's Marqui Johnson (#1) rushes for a first down in the first quarter of their high school football game on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Chaparral High School in, Scottsdale Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenChaparral's Tommy Christakos (#81) comes down with
Chaparral's Tommy Christakos (#81) comes down with a touchdown over Notre Dame Prep's Vincent Elrod (#20) in the fourth quarter of their high school football game on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Chaparral High School in, Scottsdale Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenDesert Vista takes the field against Mountain Pointe
Desert Vista takes the field against Mountain Pointe at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept 28, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenDesert Vista's Colby Humphrey (4) breaks up a pass
Desert Vista's Colby Humphrey (4) breaks up a pass intended for Mountain Pointe's Delano Salgado (3) in the first half at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept 28, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenMountain Pointe's Gary Bragg (8) scores a touchdown
Mountain Pointe's Gary Bragg (8) scores a touchdown against Desert Vista in the first half at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept 28, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenDesert Vista's Jake White (1) breaks up a pass intended
Desert Vista's Jake White (1) breaks up a pass intended for Mountain Pointe's Lacarea Pleasant-Johnson (31) in the first half at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept 28, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenBrophy at Mountain View
Brophy at Mountain View Ben Stapley/special for azcentral sportsFullscreenBisbee at Scottsdale Christian
Bisbee at Scottsdale Christian Nick Snow/special for azcentral sportsFullscreenMountain Pointe enters the field prior to the high
Mountain Pointe enters the field prior to the high school football game between Pinnacle and Mountain Pointe at Mountain Pointe High School on Friday, September 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Billy Hardiman/azcentral sports, Billy Hardiman/azcentral sportsFullscreenNFL Yet Academy's Mark Ayala stiff arms Bagdad's Scotty
NFL Yet Academy's Mark Ayala stiff arms Bagdad's Scotty Finnerty in the first quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at NFL Yet Academy in, Phoenix Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenQuarterback Nick Wallerstedt of Mountain Pointe dives
Quarterback Nick Wallerstedt of Mountain Pointe dives for yardage during the first half of the High School football game between Pinnacle and Mountain Pointe at Mountain Pointe High School on Friday, September 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Billy Hardiman/azcentral sports, Billy Hardiman/azcentral sportsFullscreenRunning back Jakim Mckinney of Mountain Pointe runs
Running back Jakim Mckinney of Mountain Pointe runs the ball during the second half of the High School football game between Pinnacle and Mountain Pointe at Mountain Pointe High School on Friday, September 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Billy Hardiman/azcentral sports, Billy Hardiman/azcentral sportsFullscreenPerry's Harley Scott celebrates after sacking Highland's
Perry's Harley Scott celebrates after sacking Highland's Kaleb Herbert during the 3rd quarter at Perry High School on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Gilbert, Ariz. Sean Logan/azcentral sportsFullscreenPerry's Brock Purdy rushes against Highland during
Perry's Brock Purdy rushes against Highland during the 3rd quarter at Perry High School on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Gilbert, Ariz. Sean Logan/The RepublicFullscreenHighland's Tyrus Bryant returns a punt against Perry
Highland's Tyrus Bryant returns a punt against Perry during the 1st quarter at Perry High School on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Gilbert, Ariz. Sean Logan/azcentral sportsFullscreenBagdad's Scotty Finnerty catches a 38-yard pass for
Bagdad's Scotty Finnerty catches a 38-yard pass for a touchdown in the first quarter of their high school football game against NFL Yet Academy on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at NFL Yet Academy in, Phoenix Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenSeton Catholic huddle during a timeout in the fourth
Seton Catholic huddle during a timeout in the fourth quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenCombs' Sonatane Taunima (#44) goes nowhere against
Combs' Sonatane Taunima (#44) goes nowhere against the Seton Catholic defensive line in the fourth quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenIronwood High (26) Devante Wimbish keeps his balance
Ironwood High (26) Devante Wimbish keeps his balance and dives for a touchdown against Agua Fria High at Ironwood High School on Friday, Sep. 15, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz. #hsfb Rob Schumacher/azcentral sportsFullscreenAgua Fria High (10) Dorien Haney makes a touchdown
Agua Fria High (10) Dorien Haney makes a touchdown catch against Ironwood High (7) Logan Crandell at Ironwood High School on Friday, Sep. 15, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz. #hsfb Rob Schumacher/azcentral sportsFullscreenDobson Seth Stratman (#43) carries the American flag
Dobson Seth Stratman (#43) carries the American flag as the they take the field before their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Dobson High School in Mesa, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenLa Joya Community's Davon Jones (#4) is brought down
La Joya Community's Davon Jones (#4) is brought down by Dobson Jared Haggard (#11) in the first quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Dobson High School in Mesa, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenWilliams Field's Kevon Owens (9) knocks Chaparral's
Williams Field's Kevon Owens (9) knocks Chaparral's Tommy Christakos (81) out of bounds during a high school football game at Chaparral in Scottsdale on September 15, 2017. Cheryl Evans/azcentral sportsFullscreenWilliams Field's Ben Flake (34) tackles Chaparral's
Williams Field's Ben Flake (34) tackles Chaparral's Conlan Carey (7) during a high school football game at Chaparral in Scottsdale on September 15, 2017. Cheryl Evans/azcentral sportsFullscreenCactus High (32) running back Anthony Flores runs past
Cactus High (32) running back Anthony Flores runs past Cactus Shadows (14) Jeric Schneider High at Cactus High School on Friday, Sep. 15, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz.#hsfb Rob Schumacher/azcentral sportsFullscreenCactus High (21) Damaria Norris is tackled by Cactus
Cactus High (21) Damaria Norris is tackled by Cactus Shadows High at Cactus High School on Friday, Sep. 15, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz.#hsfb Rob Schumacher/azcentral sportsFullscreenPhoenix Christian running back Malik Taylor (29) outruns
Phoenix Christian running back Malik Taylor (29) outruns the Gilbert Christian defense for a long touchdown on Friday, Sept. 15 in Gilbert, AZ. Logan Newman/azcentral sportsFullscreenPhoenix Christian defensive players celebrate defensive
Phoenix Christian defensive players celebrate defensive back an interception by Joe Burke (2) against Gilbert Christian on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 in Gilbert, AZ. Logan Newman/azcentral sportsFullscreenLiberty's Dylen Bieber (7) breaks tackles from Zach
Liberty's Dylen Bieber (7) breaks tackles from Zach Jernigan (28) and Malachi Farmer (3) on his way to a long touchdown reception during the first half at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz. on Sept 15, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenLiberty's Austin Svoboda (16) throws a pass under pressure
Liberty's Austin Svoboda (16) throws a pass under pressure from Verrado's Jimmy Richardson (4) during the first half at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz. on Sept 15, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenCentennial fans watch the game against Pinnacle on
Centennial fans watch the game against Pinnacle on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Centennial High School in Peoria, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenCentennial's Zidane Thomas (2) rushes past Pinnacle's
Centennial's Zidane Thomas (2) rushes past Pinnacle's Kyle Carriker (44) on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Centennial High School in Peoria, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenChandler's Jarick Caldwell (#10) dives for extra yardage
Chandler's Jarick Caldwell (#10) dives for extra yardage near the goal line in the fourth quarter of their high school football game against Mountain Pointe on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenMountain Pointe's Jakim McKinney (#33) is lifted by
Mountain Pointe's Jakim McKinney (#33) is lifted by teammates after he scores a touchdown in the second quarter of their high school football game against Chandler on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenChandler's Billy Bolger (#16) passes in the first quarter
Chandler's Billy Bolger (#16) passes in the first quarter of their high school football game against Mountain Pointe on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenChandler players take the field before their high school
Chandler players take the field before their high school football game against Mountain Pointe on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenThe American Leadership Academy Patriots run onto the
The American Leadership Academy Patriots run onto the field prior to a weather delay in their game against Fountain Hills. Marc David/special to azcentral sportsFullscreenGreenway coaches meet with players after the team's
Greenway coaches meet with players after the team's 47-41 win over Thunderbird on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Jake Rill/special for azcentral sportsFullscreenHigley's Cade Matthews (5) tackles Saguaro's Max Massingale
Higley's Cade Matthews (5) tackles Saguaro's Max Massingale (4) during the first half at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Sept 8, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenHigley's Draycen Hall (8) breaks a tackle from Saguaro's
Higley's Draycen Hall (8) breaks a tackle from Saguaro's Cameron Smith (43) during the first half at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Sept 8, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenHigley's Danny Kittner (7) tackles Saguaro's La'Ray
Higley's Danny Kittner (7) tackles Saguaro's La'Ray Lucas (3) during the first half at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Sept 8, 2017. Patrick Breen/The RepublicFullscreenMountain Pointe's Gary Bragg (#8) finds room to rush
Mountain Pointe's Gary Bragg (#8) finds room to rush against the Chandler secondary in the first quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenMountain Pointe's Nick Wallerstedt (#11) celebrates
Mountain Pointe's Nick Wallerstedt (#11) celebrates his touchdown against Chandler in the first quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenChandler's Jarick Caldwell (#10) is brought down by
Chandler's Jarick Caldwell (#10) is brought down by Mountain Pointe's Kenny Churchwell (#23) in the first quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenThe captains for the Brophy College Prep Broncos and
The captains for the Brophy College Prep Broncos and Highland Hawks, meet near mid-field before their game on September 8, 2017. Robert Gundran/azcentral sportsFullscreenThe Verrado Vipers prepare to take the field prior
The Verrado Vipers prepare to take the field prior to their game vs Williams Field on September 8, 2017. Braden Carmen/special to azcentral sportsFullscreenThe Highland Hawks stand together for the National
The Highland Hawks stand together for the National Anthem prior to their game vs. Brophy College Prep on Friday, September 8, 2017. Robert Gundran/azcentral sportsFullscreenThe game between American Leadership Academy and Fountain
The game between American Leadership Academy and Fountain Hills, was delayed due to inclement weather on Friday, September 8, 2017. Marc David/special to azcentral sportsFullscreenMarcos de Niza coach Paul Moro and his team prepare
Marcos de Niza coach Paul Moro and his team prepare to take the field prior to start of the second half in their game vs. Peoria on Friday, September 8, 2017. Howard Schlossberg/special to azcentral sportsFullscreenAfter a cancer diagnosis Marcos de Niza's coach Paul
After a cancer diagnosis Marcos de Niza's coach Paul Moro is on the sidelines and meets with a fan prior to their game vs. Peoria on September 8, 2017. Howard Schlossberg/special to azcentral sportsFullscreenThe Mountain Pointe Pride warm-up prior to their game
The Mountain Pointe Pride warm-up prior to their game vs. the Chandler Wolves on September 8, 2017. Richard Morin/azcentral sportsFullscreenChandler quarterback Billy Bolger and the Wolves warm-up
Chandler quarterback Billy Bolger and the Wolves warm-up prior to their game against the Mountain Pointe Pride on September 8, 2017. Richard Morin/azcentral sportsFullscreenThe Liberty Lions warm-up prior to their game vs Sunrise
The Liberty Lions warm-up prior to their game vs Sunrise on Friday, September 8, 2017. Jennifer Jimenez/special for azcentral sportsFullscreenThe Sunrise Mountain Mustangs warm-up prior to their
The Sunrise Mountain Mustangs warm-up prior to their game vs Liberty on Friday, September 8, 2017. Jennifer Jimenez/special for azcentral sportsFullscreenPeoria's Humberto Rodriguez (#8) kickoff after a touchdown
Peoria's Humberto Rodriguez (#8) kickoff after a touchdown in the third quarter against Coronado on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Coronado High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenPinnacle's Tucker Parrish (18) tackles Chandler's Drake
Pinnacle's Tucker Parrish (18) tackles Chandler's Drake Anderson (2) as he lounges out for extra yards during the first half at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept 1, 2017. Patrick Breen/azcentral sportsFullscreenPinnacle's Spencer Rattler (2) takes a snap against
Pinnacle's Spencer Rattler (2) takes a snap against Chandler at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept 1, 2017. Patrick Breen/azcentral sportsFullscreenDesert Mountain's Jack Sachen (4), left, and Desert
Desert Mountain's Jack Sachen (4), left, and Desert Mountain's Cole Daddario (34) tackle Notre Dame Prep's Cole Fisher (6) during a high school football game at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale on Sept. 1, 2017. Notre Dame Prep vs. Desert Mountain Cheryl Evans/azcentral sportsFullscreenDesert Mountain's Josef Gjidoda (55) attempts to tackle
Desert Mountain's Josef Gjidoda (55) attempts to tackle Notre Dame Prep's Blake Storey (10) during a high school football game at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale on Sept. 1, 2017. Notre Dame Prep vs. Desert Mountain Cheryl Evans/azcentral sportsFullscreenSaguaro's Max Massingale (#4) is tackled out of bounds
Saguaro's Max Massingale (#4) is tackled out of bounds by East's Chase Peterson (#10) in the second quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenSaguaro's Zach Wilson (#2) catches a 32-yard pass and
Saguaro's Zach Wilson (#2) catches a 32-yard pass and is tackled by East's Chase Peterson (#10) in the second quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sportsFullscreenLiberty players warm up before their high school football
Liberty players warm up before their high school football game against Boulder Creek on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Liberty High School. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral SportsFullscreenBoulder Creek and Liberty captains at midfield for
Boulder Creek and Liberty captains at midfield for the con toss before their high school football game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Liberty High School. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral SportsFullscreenBuckeye Union head coach Kelley Moore on the sideline
Buckeye Union head coach Kelley Moore on the sideline of their high school football game against Sunrise Mountain on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Sunrise Mountain High School. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral SportsFullscreenWilliams Field celebrates defeating Deer Valley during
Williams Field celebrates defeating Deer Valley during a high school football game at Deer Valley High School in Glendale on August 25, 2017. Cheryl Evans/azcentral sportsFullscreenHamilton players marching out onto the field before
Hamilton players marching out onto the field before their game vs. Queen Creek. Nick Snow/azcentral sportsFullscreenPinnacle football players run on the field before their
Pinnacle football players run on the field before their game vs. Basha in Chandler. Richard Morin/azcentral sportsFullscreenPhoenix Brophy Prep cheerleaders at the Broncos’ game
Phoenix Brophy Prep cheerleaders at the Broncos’ game against Mesa Desert Ridge at Central High school on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. Jennifer Jimenez/Special for azcentral sportsFullscreenLiberty's Ryan Bendle (#2) rushes past Boulder Creek's
Liberty's Ryan Bendle (#2) rushes past Boulder Creek's Colton Hughes (#51) in the first quarter of their high school football game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral SportsFullscreenWilliams Field Noa Pola-Gates completes a catch for
Gilbert Williams Field's Noa Pola-Gates Cheryl Evans/azcentral sportsFullscreenLiberty's Dylen Bieber (#7) catches a 30+ yard pass
Liberty's Dylen Bieber (#7) catches a 30+ yard pass in the first quarter of their high school football game against Boulder Creek on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral SportsFullscreenDeer Valley defensive players Aluea Lelei Tualatamalelagi
Deer Valley defensive players Aluea Lelei Tualatamalelagi McKenzie, #13, and Deer Valley Alex Mckeon, #46, during a high school football game at Deer Valley High School in Glendale on August 25, 2017. #hsfb Deer Valley vs. Williams Field Cheryl Evans/azcentral sportsFullscreenWilliams Field Zack Shepherd, #12, shuffles the ball
Williams Field Zack Shepherd, #12, shuffles the ball to Williams Field running back Jaden "JC" Carroll during a high school football game at Deer Valley High School in Glendale on August 25, 2017. #hsfb Deer Valley vs. Williams Field Cheryl Evans/azcentral sportsFullscreenLiberty players warm up before their high school football
Liberty players warm up before their high school football game against Boulder Creek on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Liberty High School. Carlos Salcedo/azcentral SportsFullscreen

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    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

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    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

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    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

    Source:The Denver Post

    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

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    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

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    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

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    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

    Source:Daily Mail

    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa

    Source:The Denver Post

    High School Football Notes: Desert Ridge Makes Right Call To Avoid Fight At End Of JV Game At Mesa