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They have a solid program and the talent this year to be a playoff team. The question then comes down to whether the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks can get the job done and bring home a state title this year.
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After capturing the Division II State Championship last year, the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks will look to rebuild this year, returning only one starter out of 22 spots from the 2012 season.
The Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student (MVS) Scholarship Program recognizes top students across the country based on their academic achievements, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, and their participation in community services.
It had an inevitable feel leading up to the game, but also a familiar, uneasy look in the final minutes of another wild finish.
When the 2012 season was first getting under way, Ironwood Ridge Coach Matt Johnson and the Nighthawk players were clear on their goals. The first was to get past the semifinals in the state playoffs, a round they failed to win for three straight seasons. The second goal was to win it all and become the Division II State Champions.
As Jake Matthews reached up to smack down a pass in the second half of the Division II State Championships, it fell into the ready arms of Scott Simmons, who ran 6 yards for the defensive touchdown, it became clear that the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks were headed to victory.
First, the opening kickoff is returned 95 yards for a touchdown. Then, the defense yields a 70-yard scoring drive for another touchdown.
Tyler Williams found the end zone anyway he could on Friday night, passing for one touchdown and rushing for three more in the Nighthawks’ defeat of Centennial, 28-24.
The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks’ football team was already in a very good position heading into last Friday night’s match up against the Cholla Chargers. The team had won its first three contests by a combined 109 points, while Cholla had struggled to an 0-3 record and combined deficit of 77 points. The Nighthawks stepped it up a notch on Friday though, completely overpowering the Chargers en route to a 62-6 shellacking.
The blue and white paint covering the faces of the Ironwood Ridge football fans didn’t go to waste.
Starting Friday night, the 2012 high school football season will officially begin with some big matches for local teams. Ironwood Ridge will look to build on last season, Canyon Del Oro will look to carry a late-season run forward, and Marana, Mountain View and Pusch Ridge will look for a more positive outcome.
This weekend was truly one of wild games. The highly anticipated postseason is finally underway in the NFL, and in stunning fashion. The NFL playoffs are usually a time for the stars to shine and the underdogs to prove themselves.
Battling for a ticket to the Division II State Championship on Nov. 18, the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks went up against the Cienega Bobcats in the semi-final round.
While skill positions are seen as the team’s strength, Ironwood Ridge coaches are worried about the lack of experience on the offensive and defensive lines.
Tyler D’Amore, the three-year starting quarterback who led Southern Arizona quarterbacks in yardage this season, is the 5A Southern Region offensive player of the year.
He didn't know where in China he would be going, and he didn't know what kind of household he would be living in for a year.
Photo courtesy of Matthew Johnson, Matthew Johnson's Chinese family enjoys traditional hot pot. He said the meal is very spicy, flavorful and delicious.
Photo courtesy of Matthew Johnson, During his first independent trip to Chengdu, which is roughly twice the distance from Tucson to Phoenix, Matthew Johnson found that pandas were "a big thing," so he bought a panda hat.
Photo courtesy of Matthew Johnson, Last February, while spending his school year in China, Matthew Johnson traveled from Chongqing to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Here he is pictured in Macau, in front of the Grand Lisboa Casino.