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Nighthawks stick to ground attack

Focus turns to battle of the undefeated this Friday

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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:00 am

The Nighthawks’ ground game continues to be the key to success, as Ironwood Ridge High School’s football team remains undefeated at 5-0, after defeating Marcos de Niza 34-20, Friday night.

It was another big night for senior Mitch Fischer, who came through for the Nighthawks with the game on the line in the fourth quarter.

“That last drive was clutch,” said Fischer. “I wanted the ball, and my line opened up the holes. The line is the key to our success; without them, it doesn’t get done.”

The Nighthawks appeared to have the game under control throughout the entire first half, leading at one point 27-0.

In the opening drive, quarterback Tyler Williams found the corner of the end zone on a 6-yard scamper, giving the Nighthawks a 7-0 lead.

Fischer would score two more touchdowns in the first half – one from 2 yards out, and one more on a 48-yard run where he ran untouched to the house.

Fischer had 208 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns for the night.

The Marcos de Niza Padres would get on the board before the half, capitalizing on a Nighthawks’ mistake.

Fischer missed the lateral pass from Williams, and the Padres recovered, setting up a first down inside the 10-yard line.

Padres’ tailback Mauriece Lee capitalized, scoring from 5 yards out with 1:46 left in the half, cutting the Nighthawks’ lead to 27-7.

In the second half, the Padres defense keyed in on Fischer, and Williams got banged up on a defensive play.

The momentum shift began, and the Padres went on to score 13 unanswered points to cut the Nighthawks’ lead to 27-20 with 11:51 left in the game.

Nighthawks’ head coach Matt Johnson said Marcos de Niza is a good team, and Ironwood Ridge caught a lot of breaks in the first half.

“We caught them at the beginning. We were able to build up a lead, and hang on to the end,” he said.

In the final offensive drive for the Nighthawks, Fischer took control. On a third down and 13, Fischer carried the ball 22 yards into Padres’ territory.

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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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