Snowflake/Blue Ridge Post Game, Quarterfinals

Nov. 8th, 2019 - Snowflake 42, River Valley 7

PJ London, Blue Ridge, Highlights

Snowflake Post Game Following 1st Rnd Win Over River Valley

Nov. 8th, 2019 - Snowflake 42, River Valley 7

Payson Cardon, Snowflake, SZR Player of the Game

Terren Green, Snowflake

Pt. 1 Kay Solomon, Snowflake

Pt. 2 Kay Solomon, Snowflake

Blue Ridge Post Game at Payson

Nov. 1st, 2019 - Blue Ridge 19, Payson 16

PJ London, Blue Ridge

Hershall Gregg, Blue Ridge

Damon Mitchell, Blue Ridge, SZR Player of the Game

Derek Simmons Playoff Prediction, Top 16 in Week Ten

Wednesday, October 30th

Predictions for final bracket at the bottom

I want to give one final nod to Show Low, who will finish outside of the playoffs. Keegan Clark, Anthony Avila, the Maxwell's, Cal Fawcett, the Yeager bothers and many more who contributed in a big way as Show Low battled through extreme adversity. I truly believe the Cougars should be on the final bracket and it will be a shame to see them watching from the stands.

16. AZ College Prep (7-2) -  AIA - 11

15. River Valley (6-2) -  AIA - 15

14. Winslow (7-2) -  AIA - 16

13. Odyssey Institute (7-2) -  AIA - 12

12. Coolidge (8-1) -  AIA - 5

11. Payson (8-1) -  AIA - 13

10. Valley Christian (7-2) -  AIA - 7

9. Safford (7-2) -  AIA - 10

8. Yuma Catholic (5-4) -   AIA - 14

7. Sabino (7-2) -  AIA - 8

6. ALA Gilbert (5-4) - AIA - 9

5. Blue Ridge (7-2) -  AIA - 6

4. Snowflake (7-2) -   AIA - 4

3. ALA QC (8-1) -  AIA - 

2. Northwest Christian (7-1) - . AIA - 2

1. Ben Franklin (8-1) -  AIA - 1


Predictions for brackets

1. Ben Franklin vs. 16. Ganado

2. Northwest vs. 15. Payson

3. ALA QC vs. 14. River

4. Snowflake vs. 13. Odyssey Institute

5. Blue Ridge vs. 12. AZ College Prep

6. Valley Christian vs. 11. Safford

7. Coolidge vs. 10. Yuma Catholic

8. Sabino vs. 9. ALA Gilbert

Derek Simmons Top 16, Week Ten

Tuesday, October 22nd

Blue Ridge has suddenly been put into a position of possibly making the top four when the playoffs arrive. Pusch Ridge has snuck back into the playoff picture, dispite a loss last week. Winslow and Payson playoff lives may depend on their game this week. Show Low is down to their last gasp this week against Snowflake. Yuma Catholic losing to ALA Gilbert opened up the possibilty of Snowflake or Blue Ridge hosting them in the first round in a couple of weeks. It seems more and more possible that a team will have to finish inside the top 15 as the North winner will likely end up out of the top 16 and bump whoever is No. 16. Listen to the Hatch Toyota Friday Night Football Show this week for further breakdown.

18. Show Low (3-5) - If the Cougars beat Snowflake and Holbrook to finish their season, it is possble to still sneak into the playoffs. It would take some help from above, but it is possible. It has been a heart breaking outcome this year, due to an allotment of injuries no one could have predicted. What a different season it could have been. I believe, if the Cougars had stayed healthy, they would have finished in the top eight, competing for a region championship, and hosting a first round playoff game. Nonetheless, they have battled in every game and shown a lot of character as they've played backups, underclassment and JV kids who weren't expected to play, muchl ess start. It is cliche, but Monte Maxwell and his Cougars should hold their heads high. They can still play spoiler to Snowflake this week at home as Floyd Simmons  broadcasts his 1000th game. Watch/listen on our channels. AIA - 23

17. Pusch Ridge (4-4) - If they win-out, I think they will have about a 75% chance at making the playoffs. It starts at Safford this week. AIA - 17

16. River Valley (5-2) - No one from 12-17 is a lock in the playoffs yet. Their cancelled game last week dropped them two spots and they need to finish top 15. They have a good chance to win the next two games and will be in a decent position to make the playoffs. If they lose either of those, they likely won't make it. AIA - 14

15. Winslow (7-1) - This week at home against Payson could be their one last chance to make it. It won't guarantee them making it, but if they lose, they will almost surely be out. AIA - 15

14. AZ College Prep (7-1) - They are safely inside the playoffs, but don't deserve to be top seven in the state rankings. They'll lose this week against ALA Gilbert and hopefully make room for a better team to host a first round game. AIA - 7

13. Odyssey Institute (6-2) - Yuma Catholic remains on the schedule and it's hard to say who will win that one. If it's Yuma, like I beleive it will be, This team will finish 7-3 and somewhere around 11 or 12. AIA - 10

12. Payson (7-1) - If they win this week at Winslow, they are in a good position to make the playoffs, because Pusch Ridge is almost four points behind in the rating system and the Lions still have Safford on the schedule. If they win both remaining games, they'll win the region and won't have to worry where they lie in the final rankings. AIA - 16

11. Coolidge (7-1) - The question here is, how far will they drop next week after they lose to ALA QC. They could be making room for Blue Ridge to sneak into the top four if BR beats Payson in week 11. If BR loses, Snowflake could find themselves back in the top four. Coolidge will probably finish around five or six. AIA - 4

10. Valley Christian (6-2) - I see this team finishing 8-2 and finishing top eight. AIA - 9

9. Safford (6-2) - If they win this week against Pusch, they will pencil themselves into the playoffs. If they lose, they'll be another bubble team in trouble. If they win this week and next against Sabino, they could be overtaking someone for a home playoff game.  AIA - 12

8. Yuma Catholic (4-4) - Disciplinary actions, lack of defense led to another loss for the Shamrocks, after they started looking like they were back near the top. They still have the talent to beat any team in the field, but now look like they'll be heading to a top six-ish team in the playoff opener. If this happens to be Snowflake, this will be one of the most hyped first round games in recent memory.  AIA - 13

7. ALA Gilbert (4-4) - The Eagles held Jamar Macfarlane to less than 70 yards on the ground and intercepted Gage Reese three times in a win that moved them up four spots and put them back on all of our maps. Questions surface around starting quarterback, Jack Ricedorff, who didn't appear in this game. Senior backup, Jacob McAleavy completed six of nine passes for almost a hundred yards and three touchdowns. AIA - 11

6. Blue Ridge (6-2) - The Yellow Jackets got a much needed rest last week and return to play Holbrook, and then at Payson. There is still a chance to finish in the top four and host two playoff games, but by virtue of playing Holbrook, it will take a hit to their rating. AIA - 5

5. Snowflake (6-2) - They are possibly in a trap game this week as they head to Show Low. The Cougars are ranked No. 23 and have almost nothing to lose, making this dangerous for the Lobos who are trying to remain in the top eight and still have hopes of moving back into the top four. Watch this game live on or on our Sports Zone Radio app, as Floyd Simmons broadcasts his 1000th game.  AIA - 6

4. Sabino (6-2) - Next week, when they play Safford, we will see how real the Sabercats are. Still, they should finish in the top eight, given that they win both remaining. AIA - 8

3. Northwest Christian (7-1) - They aren't on the field this week, due to Kingman Academy cancelling their season. Remember last year, when Snowflake dropped from two to three, after Holbrook cancelled. They played Sabino instead of Safford and lost at home in the second round. Northwest is quite a ways ahead of No. four in the rating system and should be safe, but it's a worry for the Crusaders, I'm sure. AIA - 3

2. Ben Franklin (7-1) - Last week against Queen Creek, the Chargers found themselves with the ball and marching late in the fourth quarter. Coach Jeffries says he made a mistake on a runningback pass play that resulted in a pick-six and sealed a 26-14 loss. The main takeaway here is that they played nearly four quarters, close with the top team in the state, making QC more human and giving hope to the rest of the field. Expect them to stay at No. 2 and hosting No. 15, who could be the winner of Payson/Winslow this week. AIA - 2

1. ALA QC (8-0) - They held Ben Franklin to 14 points and remain at the top for me. They have finally moved into the top spot in the official rankings as well and should finish No. 1 when the playoffs begin in two weeks. AIA - 1

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Show Low at Round Valley, Interviews, Highlights (2)

August 23, 2019 - Show Low 36, Round Valley 18

Ridge Lee

Anthony Avila

Keegan Clark

Monte Maxwell

Game Highlights

REPLAY VIDEO: Snowflake 42, Blue Ridge 28 Football Quarterfinals

FULL GAME REPLAY - Lobo Stadium, Snowflake, Nov. 15, 2019 - No. 4 Snowflake defeated No. 5 Blue Ridge on Friday, to advance to the 2019 3A State Semifinals and a rematch with top ranked Benjamin Franklin. That game will be played next Saturday, Nov. 23, at Williams Field High School. 


FULL GAME REPLAY - Cougar Stadium, Show Low, Oct. 25, 2019 - The No. 6 Snowflake Lobos overcame a tough Show Low Cougar team to win a crucual 3A East showdown on Friday, 24-14. The 23rd ranked Cougars are all but eliminated from post season contention, but that didn't stop them from playing like their playoff lives depended on the game. One of the highlights of the night was the return of Keegan Clark, the Show Low senior quarterback who missed eight week recovering from a broken jaw suffered against Thatcher. The first time he touched the ball in this game, he outran the Lobo defense for a 77 yard touchdown. Snowflake got great performances from Brig Turley (118 yards rushing, 2 TD's), Linebacker Coy Swarts and Nik McVickers (4 receptions), and their quarterback Ethan Ramage, the Sports Zone Radio's Player of the Game.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Lobo Stadium, Snowflake, Oct. 18, 2019 - The No. 6 ranked Snowflake Lobos bounced back from last week's loss to Payson by handing the No. 39 Holbrook Roadrunners, a 63 - 0 dismissal. The Roadrunners never gave up the fight but Snowflake proved to be too talented and too deep for the Birds. Brig Turley returned the opening kick off for a touchdown and scored twice more, but the SZR Player of the Game went to sophomore kicker Samuel Crockett, who was a perfect nine for nine converting points after. Snowflake will face Show Low next while Holbrook tackles Blue Ridge, this Friday.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Paul Moro Stadium, Lakeside, Oct. 11, 2019 - The No. 6 Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets fought off No. 17 Show Low to pick up their second 3A East Region win of the season, 28-14 on Friday. Quarterback PJ London rushed for two of the Jacket's three 4th quarter touchdowns and earned the SZR Player of the Game for a second time this season. 


FULL GAME REPLAY - Lobo Stadium, Snowflake, Oct. 4, 2019 - Watch the replay of Snowflake vs Blue Ridge.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Round Valley Dome, Eagar, Sep. 27, 2019 - Two of the top 2A teams in Arizona met last Friday at the Round Valley Dome, and it took an interception by Phoenix Christian junior DB Howard Russell at the back of the endzone, with just :08 seconds remaining in the game, to preserve the Cougars' lead and the victory over Round Valley. The Sports Zone Radio Player of the Game, Man-man Freeman of Phx Christian, rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, while the Elks got a heroic effort from several players, including quarterback Taylin Bevell (141 yards rushing, 2 TD's) and lineman Trevor Wilson who made huge contributions on both offense and defense. Next up for the now 2-2 Elks, the oldest rivalry in the state - they will go to St. Johns to battle the 4-1 Redskins.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Lobo Stadium, Snowflake, Sep. 20, 2019 - Homecoming 2019 was a battle for the Snowflake Lobos, but they put together an impressive second half to beat the Pusch Ridge Lions, 27-6. Brig Turley rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown to pick up the SZR Player of the Game award. Turley's backfield mate Terren Green rushed for 106 and two touchdowns while also playing a great game on defense. Snowflake gets a bye next week before a home matchup with Blue Ridge in the Lobos' first 3A East Region game of the season.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Cougar Stadium, Show Low, Sep. 13, 2019 - The Show Low Cougars needed a bounce back win after last week's loss to Thatcher, and that's just what they got on Homecoming last Friday. The Cougars piled up over 400 yards of offense and scored a 51-7 win over ALA Ironwood. The Maxwell brothers keyed the win with stellar play on defense - Senior Zach Maxwell was in on multiple sacks (Show Low had eight sacks on the night) and Sophomore Quinton Maxwell rushed for 50 yards and 3 TD's. Cal Fawcett picked up SZR Player of the Games honors with over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns scored. Show Low, now 3-1, has a touch matchup at Safford this Friday.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Cougar Stadium, Show Low, Sep. 6, 2019 - The Show Low Cougars fell to three-time 2A defending champions Thatcher, 29-0 on Friday. The Eagles managed to gain 305 yards of offense, all on the ground. Show Low gained 14 first downs, just one less that Thatcher, and won the turnover battle, 4 to 2, but it wasn't enough. The Cougars also suffered the loss of quarterback Keegan Clark, who left game in the first half with a serious injury that required surgery. The timeframe for a possible return is unclear. Show Low will hots American Leadership Academy-Irowood next Friday at Cougar Stadium.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Paul Moro Stadium, Lakeside, Aug. 29, 2019 - The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets are officially 2-0 all time in games played at Paul Moro Stadium in Lakeside, after taking down Alchesay 34-0 in Week 2 of the 2019 football season. Jr. QB PJ London was named SZR Player of the Game after two long rushing TD's and a touchdown pass completion as well. Blue Ridge will prepare for St. Johns next Friday while Alchesay gets a bye week before battling the Pima Roughriders next time out.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Round Valley Dome, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 - The Show Low Cougars opened up the 2019 season with a revenge win on the road, knocking off the Round Valley Elks 36-18. The Elks had beaten the Cougars to start both of the last two seasons, but this time is was all Show Low as they racked up 445 yards of offense including 404 rushing yards. The Sports Zone Radio Player of the Game, Keegan Clark, ran for 209 yards and TD's of 57 and 80 yards. The Cougars host 4A Mingus Union next Friday night. Round Valley has a bye next week. Their next matchup is Friday, Sept. 6th in the Dome versus Santa Cruz Valley.

PJ London 2019 Highlight Video, Wk One, Wk Two, Wk Seven

PJ London, Blue Ridge Junior Quarterback - Highlights from 2019, week seven at rival Snowflake.

Highlights from first two weeks, 2019.

REPLAY VIDEO - 3A Boys State Playoffs, Chinle 67, Show Low 42

February 16, 2019 - The No. 1 Chinle Wildcat boys scored 31 points in the 2nd quarter to pull away from No. 17 Show Low in the 3A State Playoffs, at Ganado on Saturday. Jason John hit three 3-pointers in the 2nd quarter and score 13 of his 16 points in the period. John was named the SZR Player of the Game. Chinle next faces Sabino in the boys quarterfinals on Tuesday, February 19th, at Prescott Valley.


February 15, 2019  - Winslow has defeated Ganado in the 3A Girls State Tournament, 38-32, in a game played at Snowflake High School. Brianna Little hit come clutch free throws, Justine Butterfield won the battle inside, and freshman Kylie Begay hit four 3-pointers, scored 17 points and earned the SZR Player of the Game. Winslow will now face Window Rock in the quarterfinals on Monday in Prescott Valley.


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February 8, 2019 - The Chinle boys defeated Monument Valley in the 3A North Region Semifinals, at Ganado. Peyton Wagner played a tough defensive game to earn the SZR Player of the Game. 


February 7, 2019 - Monument Valley knocked off Tuba City in the opening round of the 3A North Boys Region Tournament. 

REPLAY VIDEO - Sabino 30, Snowflake 14

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 - The last team standing in the 3A East was eliminated from the playoffs on Friday as the No. 3 ranked Snowflake Lobos fell to No. 6 Sabino, 30-14, at Lobo Stadium, in the 3A state quarterfinals. The Lobos struggled on offense, gaining 150 yards less than the Sabercats, who will next play Yuma Catholic this Saturday in the semifinals. 


Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 - The No. 3 ranked Round Valley Elks opened the playoffs with a home date against the Pima Roughriders - after ending the regular season with a win over Pima last week - and didn't disappoint their legion of fans. They came away with a 45-0 victory over the Roughriders and were led by the Sports Zone Radio's Player of the Game, Tayvin Bevell. Tayvin rushed for 168 yards on just 6 carries with four of those handles going for touchdowns. Round Valley will play Arizona Lutheran Academy next Friday in the quarterfinals at the Round Valley Dome.

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Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 - In the final regular season week of football, Blue Ridge errupted for 28 second half points to knock off Payson. The win sewed up the No. 11 seed for the upcoming 3A state playoffs for the Yellow Jackets, and it sealed Payson's fate as they missed the playoffs. Zeke Kessay caught a touchdown pass from QB PJ London, and Zeke also scored on a Pick-Six, returning an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. Kessay was named the Sports Zone Radio Player of the Game.


Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 - The Snowflake Lobos made good on their No. 2 ranking with a convincing 41-6 win over the Show Low Cougars - the first home win in the series for the Lobos since 2011. David Brimhall ran for 105 yards and added great defense to pick up the SZR Player of the Game, which could have gone to a number of different players. Brig Turley scored three TD's. Ethan Rammage didn't throw an incomplete pass all night, while heaving two touchdown passes. Justin White dominated in the trenches. Jake Christensen was a dynamo on both sides of the ball. Watch the video and share with your friends!


Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 - The No. 19 Show Low Cougars came from behind to beat No. 17 Payson in a crucial 3A East matchup between two teams on the playoff bubble. James Turner picked up the SZR Player of the Game Award after rushing for 127 yards with two touchdowns while also returning the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score.


Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 - The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets went into Cougar Stadium and picked a 3A East region victory over Show Low, 23-12. The story of the game was Yellow Jacket Chase Esparza, who broke the Blue Ridge school record for rushing attempts in a game. The senior running back carried the ball 46 times for 199 yards, breaking the long-time record of 24 held by Jeremy Hathcock. 

Video - Show Low Flag Football Championship

August 29th, 2017 - The Cardinals capture Show Low's 5th-6th Grade Season and Tournament Championships, knocking off the Broncos 61-8 in the final.

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