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Div II Champs. The Ridge

Posted: 11/24/2012 9:01 PM

Div II Champs. The Ridge 


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Posted: 11/24/2012 9:05 PM

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Props to centennial but the ridge brought it today! Living the critics and staying focused. Fluke? I think not
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Posted: 11/24/2012 9:25 PM

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It's not a fluke when you beat the same team twice in one season. IR brought it tonight. Centennial had no answer for them.
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Posted: 11/24/2012 10:03 PM

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Ironwood Ridge flat out out played them.
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Posted: 11/24/2012 10:06 PM

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I wouldn't say IR outplayed the Coyotes in the first half.  Centennial outgained the Nighthawks 186-61, but found itself trailing 7-3 because of 2 missed FGs and a fumble on a punt return.

The second half was more of the "Nighthawk Football" that IR fans have seen all season.  Power running game and a relentless defense.

Congrats to Ironwood Ridge on your first championship in school history!
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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:41 AM

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Statguy just curious when was the last time they were shut out? Considering Ridge was one poor officiated call from the goose egg.
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Posted: 11/25/2012 8:22 AM

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in the second half, centennial played as if they knew the game was over. no enthusiasm, walking with their heads down. no backside hustle on defense. it looked like centennial knew they were beat and they just wanted to get out of there.
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Posted: 11/25/2012 9:32 AM

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This one has to hurt for Centennial. They were as loaded as they ever will be and came up one win short. They will have to rebuild next year.
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Posted: 11/25/2012 10:44 AM

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trwilliams92 wrote: Statguy just curious when was the last time they were shut out? Considering Ridge was one poor officiated call from the goose egg.

Centennial was last blanked in the 1997 season opener against Coronado, 12-0. The Coyotes finished that season in 4A at 5-4-2. Nope, high school OT hadn't been invented yet, kids.

And, yes...I thought that play at the end of the first quarter was a fumble that IR linebacker Devon Olivarez recovered.  Instead, the WR was ruled down by forward progress and Centennial started the second quarter with a first-and-goal from the 3.  After going minus-2 yards, CeHS kicked a FG for its only scoring of the night.
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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:07 PM

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I posted this right after ridge played marcos.  these kids can flat out play.  i don't know how good an individual player is on this team but what a team of players.




due to the previous blog that was deleted, i took my two boys to the game. i have never seen this group of marcos kids play, at least not since many of them were at st. mary's.

i will tell you what happend to all of those athletes. they got punched in the mouth by a ridge team that was well coached and came north to prove something. the ridge o and d line absolutely dominated. ridges center is all of about 5'8" but got the job done and then some. the ridge guards got off the ball like they were shot out of cannons.

priest is a stud but he was taken out of the game with ridges offense dominating the A and B gaps all night. ridges qb is very fast and runs the spread as good as any hs kid i have seen. no question marcos was out coached.

ya, i know marcos had a chance at the end when they got down to the 15 yard line with 5 minutes left but marcos qb could handle his business. ya, i know the dropped pass by ____________ who very seldom drops a pass, well dropped a pass. the marcos fans will say that was the game. no i don't think so. ridge would have answered with the 5 minutes left on the clock if that pass was not dropped and marcos ultimately scores. remember with under 4 minutes left from the ridge 5, ridge marched it down to the marcos 40 with ease as the clock ran out.

total domination by ridge, no question. i wanted marcos to win and win big. i hate the tucson banter that they get ignored and are under rated. i have to give credit to those kids down south, they traveled a long way and delivered the boys up north a whoopin. i am glad i took my kids to the game because they learned a valuable lesson as they enter hs next year.

i will also say that ridge played with class and so did marcos. i went to the brophy-santamargarita game and the brophy-red mountain games and this one was the better of the three and those other two were great games.

look for ridge deep into the post season if they can stay injury free.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:09 PM

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statguy wrote:
trwilliams92 wrote: Statguy just curious when was the last time they were shut out? Considering Ridge was one poor officiated call from the goose egg.

Centennial was last blanked in the 1997 season opener against Coronado, 12-0. The Coyotes finished that season in 4A at 5-4-2. Nope, high school OT hadn't been invented yet, kids.

And, yes...I thought that play at the end of the first quarter was a fumble that IR linebacker Devon Olivarez recovered.  Instead, the WR was ruled down by forward progress and Centennial started the second quarter with a first-and-goal from the 3.  After going minus-2 yards, CeHS kicked a FG for its only scoring of the night.
They had OT in the 70s. It was called an Arizona playoff.
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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:31 PM

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and in the 80's as well....
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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:46 PM

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gottawin100 wrote: This one has to hurt for Centennial. They were as loaded as they ever will be and came up one win short. They will have to rebuild next year.
Come on coach, you know the Centennial roster as good as anyone. There are plenty of underclassman that contributed to their season.
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Posted: 11/25/2012 8:17 PM

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Well, I will be the first to congratulate the Night Hawks.  You guys came ready to play.  You absolutely deserved to win the championship.  Big kudos to you guys on a job very well done.  Much respect from this Coyote fan.

As a Centennial fan, that second half was very painful to watch.  I have to agree with Husker.  After coming out of the locker room at half, I even said to Woody that it didn't seem like our guys had any fire in them, no enthusiasm.  Regardless, I know I am SO VERY PROUD OF OUR BOYS.  You have made each and every one of us fans very proud of you.  Keep your chin up, work hard in the off-season... we will be back next year.

To our seniors (especially my personal favorites Jalen, Tyler C. and Wes)... I will so miss not seeing you guys play next year.  It won't be the same without you.
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Posted: 11/25/2012 8:57 PM

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Congrats to Ironwood Ridge for their first state title and doing so in a fashion I don't think anyone ever imagined (while also being pure class in doing so).  If I'm going to watch Centennial get man-handled the way they were last night Ironwood Ridge is the program I want doing it.  

Gottawin, you're off your rocker if you think a team returning 41 players (including three starters on the o-line, two of which are legit D-1 recruits) from a state runner-up squad will be "rebuilding" next season.

"You've got to remember, that these are just simple farmers, these are people of the land, the common clay of the new west. You know . . . morons."

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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:41 AM

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I know you are certainly smart enough to recognize the importance of quality over quantity. Centennial loses something like 7 of its 9 top tacklers; its top 2 QBs; 2 of its 3 top rushers including the heart and soul of that offense the last 2 years in Ortiz; the vast majority of its interceptions (I think 11 of 12 interceptions were by seniors); and I think 2 of its 4 top receivers. That team was loaded with skill players this year - most of them graduating. They sure do have some good linemen returning and some good JV players, but nothing like the quality they need to fill the ranks they are losing. Rodriguez will be the new feature guy in my mind but that is far from enough to make up for all they are losing.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:05 AM

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I was shocked at this game. As I watched it I felt like Centennial was like Hamilton in last years championship. I know what a nightmare that game was for us Hamilton fans and would imagine Cent fans feeling the same this year. Not a good feeling. I do agree with Woody that Cent will be just fine. Two weeks into this season Hamilton was done, according to the "experts". We knew better and so does Woody. The one thing though is a player like Ortiz does not come around every year. That young man is talented. Congrats to all the winners this year.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 11:00 AM

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gottawin100 wrote: I know you are certainly smart enough to recognize the importance of quality over quantity. Centennial loses something like 7 of its 9 top tacklers; its top 2 QBs; 2 of its 3 top rushers including the heart and soul of that offense the last 2 years in Ortiz; the vast majority of its interceptions (I think 11 of 12 interceptions were by seniors); and I think 2 of its 4 top receivers. That team was loaded with skill players this year - most of them graduating. They sure do have some good linemen returning and some good JV players, but nothing like the quality they need to fill the ranks they are losing. Rodriguez will be the new feature guy in my mind but that is far from enough to make up for all they are losing.

Word of advice-take Maxpreps for what it's worth when they have Centennial beating Millennium 55-0 (in August) while recording 24 tackles, and beating Salpointe 28-14 with just two tackles (i.e. the stats they have-in particular for defense-are incomplete). 

I won't deny that we're losing some very valuable pieces, but the scenario is a lot less bare-bones then you want to make it out to be.  This is especially true on offense where the squad returns their second- and third-leading rushers that combined for 1,000-yards and 19 touchdowns, their second- and third-leading receivers that combined for nearly 800-yards receiving and nine touchdowns, and three offensive linemen that started as juniors.  Defensively there are more holes to fill but Young, Rodriguez, and Schlier all saw significant playing time at linebacker (with the latter recording a couple touchdowns on D and Rodriguez leading the team in sacks); Villanueva rotated in at corner, Tonz had three sacks at defensive end in a backup role, and if I'm not mistaken Burks was an all-section corner at Moon Valley as a sophomore. 

Bottom line is 1) this thread needs to be about Ironwood Ridge's huge accomplishment, not Centennial's prospects for a future wins; and 2) if Centennial is "rebuilding" whilst returning a combined 45 touchdowns from this past season (compared to 33 from last season) then we are in a pretty enviable position.  Centennial's never needed to rely on one outstanding class of D-1 prospects to win games like some programs in the northeast Valley.

"You've got to remember, that these are just simple farmers, these are people of the land, the common clay of the new west. You know . . . morons."

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Posted: 11/26/2012 11:11 AM

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az1husker wrote: in the second half, centennial played as if they knew the game was over. no enthusiasm, walking with their heads down. no backside hustle on defense. it looked like centennial knew they were beat and they just wanted to get out of there.
Looked like to me that IR turned CeHS into a one-dimensional team...which they were that game.  Hats off to the Nighthawks.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:00 PM

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Coyotes JV outscored opponents 393-28. Many got brought up to varsity for playoffs and got extra month of practice.  Defense dominated! Look out for DL Marquette Mitchell and Micah Navarette.  LB Bubba Clark, Tanner Steele and Humza Friekh. DB's Barbibni, Jake Holly, and Joey Smith.
Offense scored almost 50pts a game. Led by QB Daniel Smith. At RB Joey Smith and Barbini probably scored over 30td's combined.  WR's Holly and Austin Laborin tore it up! OL led by Grayden Scovil and Chris White.
These kids combined with varsity underclassmen will be hungry next year.  They were crushed this years seniors didn't get the gold ball they worked so hard for.
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