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.”
The Falcons lost their first game of the season by falling to the #7 ranked Crimson Knights of Trivium Prep by a final score of 55-38. Senior Nijel Rosado rushed 13 times for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, Sophomore Zach Cole added an interception, and Junior Matthew McGovern had a key sack. The Falcons rushed for 349 yards and averaged 9.4 yards per rush. Coach Norris: “On Monday we need to return to the basic fundamentals of football. We had too many opportunities slip through our fingers tonight and it is unacceptable. We will become better because of this loss and bounce back next week against ASU Prep for Homecoming. One team, One Dream. 11.02.18”
The Falcons took another step on the journey to 11.02.18 by destroying #9 ranked Tempe Prep 72-22. North Pointe’s front line of Omar Carter, Matthew McGovern, Connor Christensen, Oscar Molinar, Tyler Knight, Michael Zipprich and Jay Brodeur were great all game paving the way for 590 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. Senior Nijel Rosado rushed for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns. Rosado added a touchdown on defense returning an interception for a score. Senior Joe Soriano-Garfias rushed for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sophomore Alex Ritchie had 7 tackles and an interception. Coach Norris: “These young men fought through early game adversity to steam roll the rest of the game. We still need to clean up little mistakes so that we can dominate for an entire 48 minutes. One team, One Dream, 11.02.18.”