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State Championship | Mountain Pointe vs. Chandler | Saturday, November 26 | University of Phoenix Stadium | 7:00 pm

State championship: Opposing coaches weigh-in on 6A title game

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016 1:10 pm

By the time a 10-week regular season and a handful of playoffs games are played there is a pretty good log book of the tendencies of each team.

Leading up to a state title game Hudl is run on a continuous loop as the coaching staffs try to gain any advantage.

Sometimes an outside perspective can provide some insight that those too close to the game can’t see or won’t say.

We talked to two 6A coaches who played either Mountain Pointe and/or Chandler this year. They’ve had common opponents and seen enough film on both teams to have an idea of what to expect in Saturday’s title game.

Here some of their perspectives:

* “Mountain Pointe puts everything on their offensive line. There are games where they throw the ball five or six times, and when they do pass they just do it for show. It’s a big line and they have been great, but if you stop the run then are they ready to get it done with the pass?”

* So what do you do? Do you load the box and make you beat with the pass? No. 6 (Jaydon Brooks) and No. 9 (Isaiah Pola-Mao) are going to win most one-one-one matchups.”

* The Mountain Pointe offense changed with the young quarterback (Nick Wallerstedt), and they kept winning. That’s pretty impressive. How much do they use him?”

* You have to establish the run against that Mountain Pointe defense. You are not going to beat them with the pass, at least not consistently. They are too good.”

* Chandler’s offense is the best in the state. Their skills guys are great, but no one talks about the line enough. They give the skills guys a chance because they good and physical. They are one team that matches up well up front with Mountain Pointe.”

* The Chandler defense is beatable, but they are playing better. They are getting to the ball carrier in groups. They are playing with big leads so they can take chances and their mistakes are hidden a little bit.”

* “The Chandler offense has so much momentum. Their confidence has skyrocketed. They are doing all of their damage on first and second down. You have to get them in third and long or third and five. They haven’t faced that a lot lately. Make them earn and keep them from running wild on first and second down with (TJ) Green and (Ryan) Johnson.”

* “Chandler can get you so many ways it forces the defense to pretty vanilla because you can’t defend all of those guys, the running backs with (Johnny) Johnson and No. 18 (Gunner Romney) on the outside. No real weakness shows up on film.”

* “Mountain Pointe has to score early or Chandler just might roll them like they have everyone else. Mountain Pointe will get theirs, but man Chandler is explosive.”

* “If it is close at halftime, Mountain Pointe’s staff might be the best at making adjustments. They are very good at correcting things and taking advantage of any mistakes you’ve made.”

 
 

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6A Championship Preview: A Heavy Weight Bout

You almost had the sense that this day would come back on week three of the high school football season. Mountain Pointe surprised the state with just how good they are with a 52-7 win over Chandler. It just feels right that these two powerhouse teams would meet again and give us what I think many expected the first time these two teams met.

Mountain Pointe has been the class of Arizona and rightfully so as they have one of the best defenses we’ve seen in quite some time in terms of talent, size and skill. Despite working through injuries on offense, they have enough athletes and the big hogs on the offensive line to continue to be a threat on offense.

Key Matchup: Chandler center Caleb Medina vs Mountain Pointe defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao.

This will be a big time battle in the trenches when you look at the offensive and defensive lines for both teams. One that I am very excited to see is big Chandler Caleb Medina up against the stud sophomore Matthew Pola-Mao on the interior of the defensive line. A huge part of the Chandler offense is their inside run from the spread formation handing the rock to T.J. Green and Ryan Johnson. I have been at games this season where Green has gone untouched at the point of attack because of how great a job the Chandler interior line does led by Medina. Mountain Pointe attempting to take away the run, especially between the tackles will be a big key.

If Mountain Pointe wins, it will be because… The own the ball and time of possession on offense. While Chandler’s defense is much improved since these two teams played last, the Pride owning the ball on offense will keep the game played at their pace. While their defense being on the field is anything but a liability, keeping Chandler’s offense off the field can only help your cause.

If Chandler wins, it will be because…They start fast. All I can say is wow from what I saw in person to what Chandler did to Brophy the second to last week of the regular season and then to Desert Vista in the second round of the playoffs. Two very good teams were smacked and didn’t know what hit them and the game was over before it felt like it had even started. 97-7 is what Chandler outscored Brophy and Desert Vista in tge FIRST HALF of those two games combined. They play much better with a lead and are very hard to keep up with after getting out to fast starts. They also have the tendency in games I’ve seen them lose over the last few years to force the issue and get away form their game when playing from behind.

Kickoff for the 6A state title between Mountain Pointe and Chandler will be at 7pm Saturday from University of Phoenix Stadium.

Mountain Pointe’s Isaiah Pola-Mao attempts a diving catch agaisnt Pinnacle.  Photo by Kristin Grover, Special to Tribune

MP’s Pola-Mao named Central Region MVP

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 12:25 pm  |   By Jason P. Skoda, Prep Sports Director

The 6A Central Region selected its all region team.

Mountain Pointe’s Isaiah Pola-Mao was named MVP for this play at wide receiver and safety.

Desert Vista quarterback Nick Thomas was named Offensive MVP and Desert Vista linebacker Lelon Dillard was named Defensive MVP.

Here is a look at the full team:

6A Conference All-Central Region

MVP: Isaiah Pola-Mao, Mountain Pointe

Offensive MVP: Nick Thomas, Desert Vista

Defensive MVP: Lelon Dillard, Desert Vista

Offense

RB

First team

Rashie Hodge Mt. Pointe

Cameron Brice Corona Del Sol

Tyrese Allen Desert Ridge

Second team

Delano Salgado Mountain Pointe

Kohner Cullimore Highland

Gary Bragg Mountain Pointe

QB

First team

Jack Plummer Gilbert

Offensive Line

First team

Eddie Rivas Mountain Pointe

Myles Wilson Desert Vista

Rudy Rauls Mountain Pointe

Uriah Medder Corona Del Sol

Mason Honne Mountain Pointe

Second team

Mckenzie Potterf Desert Vista

Dallin Clement Highland

Matt Fick Corona Del Sol

Nick Omitt Desert Ridge

Ian Baxter Desert Ridge

WR

First team

Keishaud White Desert Vista

David Morales Gilbert

Jake White Desert Vista

Second team

Jared Zimmerman Highland

Dawson Tanner Gilbert

Ricky Pearsall Corona Del Sol

TE

First team

James Stagg Desert Vista

Second team

Garrison Turcotte Gilbert

Defense

Secondary

First team

Antwaun Woodberry Mountain Pointe

Kenny Churchwell Mountain Pointe

Steven Gomez Desert Ridge

Donjae Logan Desert Ridge

Second team

Alijah Gammage Desert Vista

Corvan Otanez Gilbert

Caleb Humphrey Desert Vista

Brad Beaver Desert Ridge

Interior Line

First team

Ashton Dana Highland

Dylan Conner Corona Del Sol

Matthew Pola-Mao Mountain Pointe

Shomari Hayes Mountain Pointe

Second team

Christian Medeiros Desert Ridge

Noah Evan Highland

Garrett Fulton Gilbert

Brett Johnson Desert Vista

End

First team

Jalen Harris Desert Ridge

Khalif Ravenell Mountain Pointe

Second team

Trey Bussler Corona Del Sol

Dylan Bryan Gilbert

Linebacker

First team

Christian Allen Desert Ridge

Chad Porter Desert Vista

Jacob Clemens Corona Del Sol

Second team

Xaiver Cota Mountain Pointe

Michael Washington Mountain Pointe

Tate Stevens Highland

Kicker

First team

Riley Erickson Desert Vista

Second team

Tony Decozio Desert Ridge

Punter

First team

Kaden Riforgiate Corona Del So

Second team

Austin Mcnamara Highland

Returner

First team

Jaydon Brooks Mountain Pointe

Second team

Connor McKernan Gilbert

Long Snapper

First team

Adam Bay Desert Ridge

Second team

Conor Egan Desert Vista

Honorable Mentions

Desert Vista

Tristin Flores, OL

Joe Money, TE

Larry Davis, LB

Nick Lopez, OL

Jared Ostendorp, OL

Highland

Sean McCord DB

Braiden Williams DL

Jake Ohara

Hunter Short DB

Jacob Wood LB

Jalen Johnson DB

Tyler Johnson DL

David Fabok DL

Noah Newburgh DB

Danial Castillo WR

Tyler Johnson WR

Jacob Wood RB

Brydon Horne RB

Connor Williams OL

Davis Brown OL

Cody Bartz OL

Jake Kersting QB

Riley Bond OL

Mountain Pointe

Noah Grover Qb

Sky Hinojosa WR

Justice Hudson OL

Alex Vogel OL

Marshawn Gibson DB

Donte Lindsey DB

Jacob Olsen LB

Daniel Pena DT

Dakota Fey P

Gilbert

Garrison Turcotte LB

Tyler Turcotte OL

Garrett Fulton OL

DJ Ruhl DB

Corona Del Sol

Griffin Baker TE

Alex Purcell C

Kaden Riforgiate LB

Jason Staples DE

Brian McCluskey DB

Kobee Marion DB

Desert Ridge

Kylar Day

Khris Broom

Tyler Mcleve

Jason Harris

Connor Goetz

Robert Mancha

The Pride will head to the University of Phoenix stadium Saturday night to play the #2 ranked Chandler Wolves. Kick off at 7:00 pm. Come out and cheer on the Pride at the Arizona 6A State Championship game!

Defense/Special Teams/Misc.

* Mt. Pointe safety Isaiah Pola-Mao returned 2 INTs for TDs versus Desert Ridge.

* Mt. Pointe’s defense scored 28 points on 4 turnovers versus Desert Ridge.

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Player of the Week

* In Perry’s overtime win versus Hamilton, junior QB Brock Purdy threw for 330 yards and 6 TDs, rushed for 132 yards and 1 score and caught a TD pass.

Team of the Week

* #13 seed Red Mountain upset Brophy to move on to the semi-finals.

Quarterbacks

* American Leadership’s Dallin Edwards threw for 175 yards and 2 TDs and ran for 142 yards and 1 TD against Florence.

* Hamilton’s Tyler Shough threw for 268 yards and 5 TDs against Perry.

* Chandler’s Jacob Conover threw 3 TDs and ran for another against Desert Vista.

* Alex Bell from Sabino threw for 329 yards and 3 TDs against Winslow.

* Cienega’s Jamarye Joiner had 274 yards passing, 83 yards rushing and 2 total TDs versus Mesquite.

* Rhett Rodriguez threw for 298 yards and 1 TD and added 63 yards and 4 scores on the ground against Sunrise Mountain.

* Sunrise Mountain senior Chase Cord threw 4 TDs against Catalina Foothills.

* Bagdad’s Israel Loveall threw 5 TDs in the 1A title game against Williams.

* Saguaro Max Massingale accounted for 5 TDs against Peoria.

Running Backs

* Red Mountain junior Lance Lawson had 210 yards and 5 TDs versus Brophy.

* Perry’s Kenny Fultz rushed for 181 yards and 1 TD against Hamilton.

* Hamilton junior Jawhar Jordan ran for 208 yards and 2 TDs against Perry.

* Mario Padilla from Salpointe ran for 212 yards and 2 TDs against Marcos.

* Jace Koester from Queen CReek had 200 yards and 3 TDs against Ironwood Ridge.

* Centennial junior Zidane Thomas ran for 3 scores against Desert Edge.

Receivers

* Hamilton’s Chance Brewington caught 6 passes or 125 yars and 2 scores against Perry.

* Chris Crescione from Higley had 105 yards and 2 TDs against Cactus.

* Drew Dixon from Sabino had 2 TD receptions and had an INT on defense versus Winslow.

Defense/Special Teams/Misc.

* Mt. Pointe safety Isaiah Pola-Mao returned 2 INTs for TDs versus Desert Ridge.

* Mt. Pointe’s defense scored 28 points on 4 turnovers versus Desert Ridge.

* Brandon Ruiz from Williams Field kicked a school record, 58 yard FG against Marana.

Mountain Pointe WR Jaydon Brooks threw the go-ahead touchdown to lift Mountain Pointe over Red Mountain and into the 6A Conference final. (Jake Rill/azcentral sports)

Watch Jaydon’s post-game interview here:  Jaydon Brooks’ trick TD pass leads Mountain Pointe into 6A final

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GameNight: Red Mountain nearly knocks off No. 1 Mountain Pointe

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 11:45 pm | Updated: 12:19 am, Sat Nov 19, 2016.

Jaydon Brooks has been Mountain Pointe’s emergency quarterback the last couple of the years.

An emergency cropped up Friday.

While he technically didn’t come in at quarterback, the Pride offense was in dire need of rescue as top-seeded and heavily favored Mountain Pointe was deadlocked in a tie in the fourth quarter of the 6A Conference against No. 13 Red Mountain.

Brooks, a wide receiver by trade, took a handoff on a reverse, pulled up on the right side and hit a streaking Isaiah Pola-Mao for a 59-yard touchdown with 6:55 left in the game for a 21-14 win.

“I don’t know if I’d call it an emergency, but we needed something big happen,” Brooks said. “I have never completed that pass, and when I saw Isaiah that open I knew I had to get it to him somehow.”

The ball – according to Pola-Mao – seemed to be in the air forever, but he caught to give the Pride (13-0) the margin of victory back in order to return to the state championship game for the third time.

“It was a great call by the coaches,” Pola-Mao said. “They noticed the (Red Mountain) corners were crashing line of scrimmage. When you are that open you can over think it, but there was no way I was going to drop that one.”

The win gives the Pride a chance to win its second state title in four seasons when they play No. 2 Chandler (11-2) on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“It don’t even know what to say about it,” Brooks said. “It’s not real yet.”

And it almost didn’t happen thanks to a valiant effort by Red Mountain (8-5).

The Mountain Lions trailed 14-0 at halftime, but went into the intermission on a high after the Pride failed to score in the final moments of the second quarter despite getting down to the Red Mountain 3-yard line.

A false start, a dropped pass by Brooks on a difficult catch in the end zone and then a missed 19-yard field kept it at 14-0 at the half.

Red Mountain scored on its first two possessions of the second half as Austin Duffy started to heat up in completing a 25-yard score to a wide open Mack Klafter and a 33-yard acrobatic catch Josh Daniels with 5:37 left in the third quarter.

While the Mountain Lions will always remembering pushing a team ranked in the top 10 nationally to the brink, what will hurt was the missed opportunity to take the lead.

Duffy connected with Daniels again, this time for 43 yards, plus a personal foul on Mountain Pointe’s Pola-Mao for unnecessary roughness, to put the ball to the Pride 6.

The Pride defense stepped up – especially when running back Lance Lawson pulled up to throw a pass and no one was open he was tackled for a loss.

It led to an eventual 32-yard field by that was no good. Wide left.

“We had to get points on that third trip down there,” Red Mountain coach Ron Wisneiwski said. “It’s easy to look at plays after they don’t work, but we thought what we had was the right play in that moment. We still had a chance there and didn’t get anything out of it. It’s a different game if we take the lead there, but we didn’t.”

Two drives later, Brooks found Pola-Mao for the go-ahead score and then the Mountain Pointe defense, including a tipped ball by linebacker Rashie Hodge on the second-to-last drive and a sniffing out of a screen play on fourth down on Red Mountain’s final drive, closed out the game.

“We did some uncharacteristic things, missed wide open receivers, dropped touchdowns and missed kicks,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “Give Red Mountain credit it, they played hard. We won and advanced and that’s all that matters.”

It was the first time all year Mountain Pointe didn’t have a lead to start the fourth quarter and just the second time all year an opponent had a chance to tie the game in the final 12 minutes.

“We needed something like this,” said junior running back Delano Salgado, who had 166 yards rushing including a 68-yard touchdown in the first quarter. “We know a team can play with us and push us. We really haven’t had that situation and we were able to respond.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

Box score

Mountain Pointe 21, Red Mountain 14

RM 0 0 14 0–14

MP 7 7 0 7–21

Scoring

First

MP-Salgado 68 run (Abercrombie kick), 2:15

Second

MP- Hodge 34 fumble return (Abercrombie kick)m 10:34

Third

RM – Klafter 25 pass from Duffy (Huffman kick)

RM – Daniels 33 pass from Duffy (Huffman kick), 5:37

Fourth

MP – Pola-Mao 59 pass from Brooks (Abercrombie kick), 6:55

Team stats

                    RM               MP

First downs     11               14

Rush-yards    32-159        29-262

Comp-Att-INT  6-17-0        4-10-0

Pass yards      129               97

Total yards     288              359

Fumbles/lost    2/2             3/1

Penalties         6-33            4-30

Individual stats

Rushing

RM – Lawson 22-104, Romero 3-7, Duffy 4-26, Rappoport 1-2, Moore 2-20. MP – Hodge 10-46, Salgado 12-166, Woodbury 1-5, Stephens 3-25, Wallerstedt 3-20.

Passing

RM – Duffy 6-16-0-98, Lawson 1-1-0-(-)1. MP – Grover 3-9-0-35, Brooks 1-1-0-59.

Receiving

RM – Daniels 3-87, Klafter 1-25, Pereira 2-3, Moore 1-14. MP – Pola-Mao 1-59, Brooks 1-23, Hodge 1-15.

Missed FG

RM -Huffman 39, 32. MP – Abercrombie 19.

 
 

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Mountain Pointe holds off Red Mountain for 6A title game berth

Jake Rill, Special for azcentral sports10:35 p.m. MST November 18, 2016

Senior wide receiver Jaydon Brooks is the emergency quarterback for Phoenix Mountain Pointe. On Friday night, there was an emergency.

It wasn’t because of an injury, but rather offensive inefficiency. Top-seeded Mountain Pointe was tied with No. 13-seeded Mesa Red Mountain late at Tempe McClintock High. And worse yet, it hadn’t scored since early in the second quarter – which was a defensive touchdown.

Brooks came to the rescue.

With 6 minutes, 55 seconds to go in the 6A Conference semifinal, Brooks received an end-around handoff, then threw a go-ahead, 59-yard touchdown bomb to senior receiver Isaiah Pola-Mao, lifting Mountain Pointe to a 21-14 win and pushing his team into next Saturday’s state championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“I was looking at him, I was like, ‘Wow, he’s wide open, there’s no one there. I can’t mess this up,’ ” Brooks said. “That’s exactly what I was thinking.”

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And he did exactly what he needed to.

While Red Mountain (8-5) scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to tie the game, Mountain Pointe (13-0) struggled on offense. It punted on its first three possessions in the second half, picking up only a pair of first downs.

But on the second play of a 74-yard drive, it all changed. Brooks’ pass spiraled through the air toward the right sideline, looking much more like a quarterback’s throw than a wide receiver’s. All Pola-Mao had to do was catch the pass in stride, running it in for the easy go-ahead score.

“To be honest, couldn’t have been any better timing from our coaches,” Brooks said. “I’m just glad they had the faith in me to get it down there to Isaiah to make him do his thing.”

Red Mountain opened the second half with touchdowns on two consecutive drives. Junior quarterback Austin Duffy threw a 25-yard touchdown to junior fullback Mack Klafter, then a tying 33-yard score to senior receiver Josh Daniels. Duffy had completed just one pass in the first half.

Mountain Pointe had lost momentum, while Red Mountain seemingly was gaining steam toward perhaps another improbable victory.

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“We couldn’t catch a ball; we couldn’t throw a ball,” Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said. “It was one of those nights where we couldn’t do anything right.”

Yet, it will be Vaughan’s team in the state final against Chandler High next Saturday.

When Vaughan addressed his team after the game, he pointed at his squad being able to make a big play. There were a few even before the go-ahead touchdown.

Junior running back Delano Salgado broke off a 68-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, finishing with 167 yards on 12 carries. In the second quarter, senior linebacker Rashie Hodge Jr. returned a fumble 39 yards for a score.

Because of that trio of big scoring plays, Mountain Pointe has a chance at a second undefeated season in four years next weekend.

“Our kids played hard, and we just made some adjustments,” Vaughan said. “And they did a good job there in the end on defense.”

   

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State Title Pride: Mountain Pointe Advances To 6A Finals

The Mountain Pointe Pride have been flat-out dominant this year. They are the top seed in 6A thanks to a punishing defense, a physical offense and one of the best football minds in the state in head coach Norris Vaughan.

But no matter how good a team is, adversity will hit. After the Pride took a 14-0 lead over 13th-seeded Red Mountain Friday night in the 6A semifinal, the Mountain Lions came storming back and tied the game with a chance to take the lead. Red Mountain was sitting with a first down at the Mountain Pointe five-yard line. They ended the drive at the 15-yard line with no points. The Pride dug their feet and didn’t budge.

And thanks to a timely double-reverse pass to Isaiah Pola-Mao for a touchdown, the Pride escaped with a 21-14 win. They will play in Glendale on November 27th for the 6A state title against the Chandler Wolves.

The Pride delivered one of the worst losses in Chandler’s history this year, beating the Wolves 52-7. Though, the Pride know not to expect a similar game in the finals. They also know at some point in that game, there will be adversity.

Expect them to dig in again.

Isaiah Pola-Mao, No. 9 of Mountain Pointe voted Top Star

Isaiah Pola-Mao of No. 9 Mountain Pointe voted Super 25 Top Star

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Isaiah Pola-Mao from No. 9 Mountain Pointe (Phoenix) has been voted the Super 25 Top Star for games of Nov. 10-12 by readers of USA TODAY High School Sports.

Pola-Mao had three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns on consecutive Desert Ridge possessions, as Mountain Pointe won 47-21 in a 6A Conference playoff quarterfinal matchup.

In all, Mountain Pointe scored four defensive touchdowns in the game — three on interceptions returns and a fumble return.

“I saw the opportunity to (get those interceptions) and I just took a hold of it,” Pola-Mao told Gannett partner AZCentral.com.

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Mountain Pointe, which improved to 12-0, advanced to the 6A semifinals against Mesa Red Mountain at Tempe McClintock on Friday

“We did our job here. Now, it’s on to the next week,” Pola-Mao said.

Pola-Mao is the 11th Super 25 Top Star of the season. Weekly voting did not begin until all states were in action. The weekly winners will be part of voting for Super 25 Top Star of the Season after state championships are decided nationwide.

WEEKLY WINNERS

Sept. 2-3: Stokes Nihipali-Botelho, Kahuku (Hawaii)

Sept. 9-10: Noah Ellison, Trinity (Louisville)

Sept. 15-17: Kenyon Oblad, Henderson (Liberty, Nev.)

Sept. 23-24: Marlon Williams, McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.)

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Spencer Blackburn, Trinity (Louisville)

Oct. 8-9: Bubba Thompson, McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.)

Oct. 13-15: Rashie Hodge, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix)

Oct. 20-22: Kekaula Kaniho, Kahuku (Hawaii)

Oct. 27-29: Sol-Jay Maiava, Kahuku (Hawaii)

Nov. 3-5: Jaylon Vickers, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)

Nov. 10-12: Isaiah Pola-Mao, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix)