North Pointe took another big step towards 11.02.18 by defeating Sedona Red Rock 56-14. The offense was led by Senior Joe Soriano-Garfias who rushed for 258 yards on 17 carries for 4 touchdowns and Freshman Brayan Mendoza who rushed 5 times for 71 yards and 2 Touchdowns. On defense Junior Zach Cole and Freshman Quentin Simmons had interceptions that set up a touchdown. Senior Oscar Molinar recovered a fumble and Senior Michael Zipprich blocked an extra point attempt. Coach Norris: To be 3-0 in region play is a big statement to the rest of the 2A conference. We came out a bit slow tonight but we turned it on in the second quarter and exploded for 48 points! We were able to play some young guys and get them experience which was nice for everyone involved in the program. The Journey yo 11.02.18 continues. One Team, One Dream.
North Pointe’s Offensive Front (Seniors Omar Carter, Michael Zipprich, Oscar Molinar, and Juniors Jay Brodeur, Tyler Knight, Matthew McGovern, and Connor Christensen) lead the way for the Falcon’s 525 rushing yards and a 52-14 win over Scottsdale Prep. Thanks to the Offensive Front, Senior Joe Soriano-Garfias is the #1 scoring player in Arizona and the Falcons are the #1 scoring team in the Nation (among teams with only 7 games). All three of North Pointe’s Offensive Backs are among the State’s Top 10 Scoring Leaders. Senior Nijel Rosado is #6 and Senior Davis Vargas is #9. In the win over Scottsdale Prep, Soriano-Garfias rushed for 330 yards and 4 TD’s and Vargas added 3 rushing TD’s as well. On defense the Falcons had two takeaways, a fumble recovery by Christensen and an interception by Soriano-Garfias. Freshman Quentin Simmons played well in the defensive secondary causing a fumble and holding the Spartan receivers to minimal yards through the air. Coach Norris: We were able to gain 525 yards on the ground without executing very well up front. I am very proud of how our young men played 48 minutes of Falcon ground and pound football. Another big step toward 11.02.18 was taken by our young men tonight. One Team, One Dream.
Although North Pointe’s defensive unit plays in the shadow of the #1 rushing team in Arizona and #1 scoring team in the Nation (among teams that have played only 6 games) they continue to dominate opposing team’s offenses and crushed Valley Lutheran in the Falcons 68-0 win. It was their second shutout of the year. The defense was led by Seniors Joe Soriano-Garfias’ (2 interceptions and a punt return touchdown) and Michael Zipprich (batted down 2 passes, recovered two fumbles and pressured the QB all night). The offense got rolling early behind Senior Nijel Rosado who scored touchdowns (47 yards and 51 yards) on the Falcon’s first two offensive plays from scrimmage. Rosado finished with 112 yards on 6 carries and 3 touchdowns. Soriano-Garfias also scored two rushing touchdowns and finished with 114 rushing yards. Coach Norris: Tonight was our first region game and our guys treated it very seriously. We dominated from the first whistle to the last and imposed our will on offense, defense and special teams. I am proud of how we played tonight and we will build on our success and move forward next week. One team, One Dream.
North Pointe continued their Journey to 11.02.18 by defeating Glendale Prep 79-24. The offense was led by Senior Juan Medina who threw for 91 passing yards and added 4 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. Although the Falcon’s offense started off slow, the Ground and Pound Work Crew got things going in the second quarter and rushed for 9 touchdowns: Joe Soriano-Garfias (3), Nijel Rosado (3), David Vargas (1), and Joey Faast (1). The defense was led by Senior Michael Zipprich who had 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown. Coach Norris: “Hats off to Glendale Prep and their young men tonight. They played with a ton of heart and gave our players everything we could handle. I am proud of the way we responded and were able to get our offense rolling in the last 3 quarters. Defensively we need to play more sound assignment football. We will get better every week as we approach 11.02.18.”
The Falcons defeated ASU Prep for a big Homecoming win 62-7. Senior Joe Soriano-Garfias rushed 19 times for 172 yards and 6 Touchdowns. Senior Nijel Rosado added 109 yards and a touchdown. Junior Riley Mullins recovered a fumble on defense and Junior Zach Cole added an interception on defense. North Pointe scored 54 in the first half before giving younger players an opportunity in the second half. Coach Norris: “We played lights out in the first half in front of an electric Homecoming crowd! In the 2nd half we had an opportunity to get our younger guys in and they performed well enough to get the ball into the end zone in the 3rd quarter. Tonight was a complete team effort by everyone involved in this football program. One Team, One Dream.”
Varsity cross country ran in the fountain hills invitational against over 50 other teams. Our runners had another solid meet with almost everybody beating last weeks times. Olivia Aguirre beat her time by 90 seconds. Faith Guy beat her time by nearly 2 minutes and set a personal record. Mary Mena beat her time by almost 3 minutes and set another personal record. For the boys Ethan Dilcox, Jacob Edwards, Elijah Flannery, Roger Gallardo and Jacob Wood all improved by around 90 seconds. It was great to see all the improvements in their times on this tough course today. We have about a month to train hard before our next meet and I anticipate some big decreases in our times.
Today the junior high falcon football team lost to the titans of Chandler Prep by a final score of 44-20. The falcons struggled with two early turnovers but were able to move the ball effectively throughout the game. Daniel Gallardo, James Winburn, and Kevin Mendoza score touchdowns and Angel Moreno added a two point conversion. After the game, Coach Scott said, “we made a few early mistakes that cost us early. I was happy with the way we fought back and didn’t quit today. For our first game, I was happy with the effort and we will work to fix the mental mistakes that held us back today.”