Ben Walker sends Pusch Ridge to semifinals


Ben Walker came up big twice in the last 30 seconds (Andy Morales/

Ben Walker came up big twice in the last 30 seconds (Andy Morales/

They say defenders never get called for pass interference penalties with no time on the clock but No. 3 Pusch Ridge was flagged twice in that very situation to give No. 6 River Valley two untimed plays when they were down 13-10.

With the ball moved from their own 43-yard line to the opposite 28, the Dust Devils attempted a 45-yard kick that would have sent the game to overtime but 6-foot-4 Ben Walker came up the middle and knocked the ball away to preserve the win for the Lions.

Pusch Ridge advances to the first semifinal game in school history thanks to an improbable flurry of plays and penalties that turned an average encounter into a game that will be long remembered….


Division IV

Quarterfinals: Saturday, Nov. 14
No. 3 Pusch Ridge beat No. 6 River Valley, 13-10

Semifinals: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m.
No. 3 Pusch Ridge vs. No. 7 Lake Havasu
Arcadia High School (NFHS Network)

Division V

Quarterfinals: Saturday, Nov. 14
No. 1 Benson beat No. 8 Miami, 49-12
No. 7 Bisbee lost to No. 2 Joy Christian, 74-34
No. 12 Santa Cruz lost to No. 4 American Leadership, 33-29

Semifinals: Saturday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m.
No. 1 Benson vs. No. 4 American Leadership
Fountain Hills (NFHS Network)

Division VI

Saturday, Nov. 14: Maricopa High School
No. 1 Pima 59, No. 2 Valley Union 32

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at



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