All of Hamilton’s success and pedigree didn’t seem to phase the Pinnacle Pioneers on Friday, as QB Brian Lewerke and RB Josh Hoekstra gave the vaunted Huskies defense their biggest test of the season, taking a 17-14 lead into the 4th quarter. Hamilton’s defense, however, flexed their muscle and the Pioneers were only able to amass eight total yards on three drives in the final period. The win puts Hamilton at 3-0, and 2-1 Pinnacle turns their attention to next week’s matchup with Basha.
Basha got back on the winning track Thursday, besting Cesar Chavez 54-28. Zach Werlinger upped his varsity high school career passing TD total to 42, 11 short of Kyle Duran’s school record of 53. Passing statistics notwithstanding, the most important number for the Bears on Friday was 6.16, as in Basha averaged 6.16 yards per carry on 32 carries. This came just one week after a loss to Centennial that caused many to question whether the Bears’ offensive line would allow them to compete for the title this season.
Perry also upped their record to 2-1 on Friday, continuing their dominance over Yuma Gila Ridge with a 27-6 victory. Perry is now 5-0 all-time against the Hawks, and Austin Nightingale has seemingly found a new favorite offensive target in WR Ben Terhark (Jr.), who has caught three TDs in the last two games. Perry faces their biggest test next week as they travel to play 3-0 Mesa Mountain View.