By becoming the first Southern team to score on the Gaels, the Jaguars give Liberty something to build on in the Class 5A region title game.
Bishop Gorman dominated the second half to earn a 41-3 home victory over Desert Pines in a Class 5A Southern Region semifinal Friday.
Arbor View and Desert Pines are embracing the opportunities they have against Liberty and Bishop Gorman, respectively, in Friday’s Class 5A Southern Region semifinals.
Desert Pines used its formula of stout defense and big plays from freshmen to romp past Palo Verde on Thursday. The Jaguars next face top-ranked Bishop Gorman.
Liberty’s defense recorded four sacks, a safety and two takeaways in a home win Friday over rival Desert Pines. Both teams will advance to the Class 5A playoffs
The Class 5A Mountain League scenario comes down to a simple winner-take-all situation. The scenarios are more complicated for other high school football races.
Greg Burrell rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries to lead Desert Pines to a 49-21 home win over Faith Lutheran on Friday.
Treyshaun Jackson intercepted two passes and returned both for touchdowns — the second for 99 yards — in Desert Pines’ 28-10 win at Green Valley.
Desert Pines has allowed only 14 points over the past four games, its defense helping carry the Jaguars to a 4-1 record.
Since 2017 when college football established an early signing period in December, the recruiting process has sped up considerably.