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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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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

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

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

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

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

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

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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