The North Pointe Falcons completed the best season in North Pointe history, falling to the Thatcher Eagles 56-0. Senior David Vargas ran the ball 15 times and collected 2 first downs. The defense was led by Michael Zipprich with 3 tackles. The Falcons ended the season with a total record of 8 wins (a school record), a playoff birth (the first in school history), and as the 2A Salt Region Champions. After the game Coach Norris said, “Thank you to our 10 seniors for a great season with amazing memories: Oscar Molinar, David Vargas, Joe Soriano-Garfias, Juan Medina, Michael Zipprich, Nijel Rosado, Cameron Mayo, Omar Carter, Danny Hyun Jr. and Octavio Talavera. I am a lucky man to be able to call myself your Head Football Coach. You made history and set the bar high for the returning players. One Team, One Dream.”
Although the Falcons lost their final game of the regular season to Veritas Friday night, 12-14, North Pointe’s Conference record of 8-2 secured them the 2A Salt Region Championship. The Falcons dropped to the #16 seed because of the loss and will play at #1 seed Thatcher on 11.02.18 in the first Varsity Football playoff game in the school’s history. Offensively the Falcons were led against Veritas by Senior Nijel Rosado’s 110 yards and 1 TD followed by fellow Senior David Vargas’ 91 yards and 1 TD. Defensively, Junior Zach Cole forced a fumble that was recovered by Sophomore Alex Ritchie. Coach Norris: This certainly was not the way we wanted to end our regular season, however we still finished the season as the 2A Salt Region Champions and punched our ticket to the 2A State Playoffs and 11.02.18. One Team, One Dream.
The Falcons moved one step closer to 11.02.18 with a huge win over Antelope High School 30-0. North Pointe plays Friday Night for the 2A Salt Region Championship and the school’s first ever Varsity Football playoff game on 11.02.18. The Falcon defense played lights out recording 5 takeaways, including a 86 yard interception touchdown by Senior Juan Medina and two fumble recoveries from Senior David Vargas. Vargas (2 TD’s) and Medina (1 TD) also led the offense. Coach Norris: We played a terrific game tonight defensively and I am super proud of the effort we gave for all 48 minutes. We played fundamentally sound with passion all night and we were able to come away with the victory. Next week we will take our next step to 11.02.18. One Team, One Dream.
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.”