Saturday, September 5, 2015
MARYVALE GETS FIRST WIN IN FOUR YEARS
It was a nice cool and somewhat wet night on the West side of Phoenix Arizona. A perfect night for high school football. A perfect night for a losing streak to come to an end. Maybe this was the reason all of the Phoenix union High Schools were placed in the same region in division III. Not so you can have one of the Phoenix teams make the playoffs, but so you can have schools that have been doormats for so long finally compete and have a chance at a victory.
That's what happened last night when the Carl Hayden Falcons hosted the Maryvale Panthers. The pregame atmosphere was amazing. The Carl Hayden band and student government had the crowd rocking as they sang and danced to the Carl Hayden fight song. There was even an appearance by the schools legendary basketball coach, Argie Rhymes. The Falcons coming off a huge win last week were beginning to think win streak. Dating back to last year they had won two in a row. That's huge for a team like Carl Hayden. Excluding Fairfax and Cesar Chavez that's huge for any school in the Phoenix Union.
Maryvale had other plans. They used a great return on the opening kickoff that started their drive at the Carl Hayden 35 to help them take and early 7-0 lead. The Falcons couldn't get anything going offensively and the first quarter ended with the Panthers up 14-0. The second was more of the same and became the theme of the game, Maryvale dominating between the trenches and taking advantage of Carl Hayden mistakes.
The game was an all around sloppy one but in the end Maryvale heard something that they haven't heard in for years, "You won". The final score was 52-0 and now Maryvale looks to start a win streak of their own when they go home next week to host the North Mustangs. The Falcons now travel to South Mountain as they try to get back in to the win column.