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Ironwood Ridge dropped their first game against Liberty, but are winners of two straight heading into their game with CDO.
Ironwood Ridge football.
Coming off a state title, it was going to be tough for Ironwood Ridge to duplicate their success in 2013. The Nighthawks returned to the playoffs, but did not make a deep run like they did before.
Ironwood Ridge High School senior Jake Matthews goes up for a long pass in September. The Nighthawks went on to win state.
After a hole was opened up, Nighthawks’ Anthony Braunreiter breaks away from the pack for a 50-yard gain to Centennial’s 10-yard line. The Nighthawks won 28-24.
Ironwood Ridge High School senior Jake Matthews goes up for a long pass with Centennial’s Jalen Ortiz in the second quarter. Matthews came down with the ball.
After breaking out of the pocket, Tyler Williams found Julian Figueroa who ran the ball for a 75-yard gain. Two plays later, Williams ran the ball in for a touchdown.
Ironwood Ridge junior Jake Vartanian gets a block from Anthony Braunreiter late in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game.
Nighthawks’ Eddie Gonzalez knocks the ball from Centennial’s Jalen Ortiz’s arms, allowing for Ironwood Ridge to recover the ball.
Ironwood Ridge’s Tyler Williams, left, and Scott Simmons hug after the Nighthawks defeated Centennial Friday night.
During the halftime celebrations for Ironwood Ridge High School’s homecoming, sophomore Vinnie Trujillo throws a toy football into the stands.
Ironwood Ridge High School juniors ride in on their float during the school’s homecoming celebrations Friday night.
Nighthawks’ Scott Simmons dives for and recovers a lose ball during the first quarter.
Ironwood Ridge senior Gordon Longville trips up Centennial ball carrier Xavier Villanueva in the opening quarter of Friday’s game.
Ironwood Ridge High School senior Tyler Williams breaks out of the pocket and looks for an open receiver during the first quarter of Friday night's game against Centennial. The Nighthawks finished on top 28-24.
Nighthawks' Tyler Williams dives for the endzone as a Marana player defends the goal line.
Ironwood Ridge High School senior Anthony Braunreiter carries the ball during the Nighthawks game against the Marana Tigers Friday night. The Nighthawks won 58-13.
The Nighthawks warm up and stretch before a football practice earlier this month.
Nighthawk quarterback Tyler Williams hands the ball off.
Ironwood Ridge High School head football coach Matt Johnson.
Ironwood Ridge High School football players Cris Thorson, left, and Tyler Williams.
Linemen push a sled across the field in preparation for the season opener game against Canyon Del Oro High School.
The Ironwood Ridge football team runs through an exercise catching a ball through traffic.
The graduating class of 2011 proceeds onto Ironwood Ridge High School’s football field for the graduation ceremony Tuesday night.