The Desert Edge Scorpions romped through the regular season, stinging opponents at will in ringing up an 8-0 record in the pandemic-shortened season.
Desert Edge stepped up to the “big boy table” in the playoffs, scoring an invitation to the fiercely competitive open bracket.
On Friday, Nov. 27, top-seeded Chandler High turned the table on Desert Edge, dominating with a 52-0 victory.
Even so, it was a brilliant debut season for the Carter twins, as Marcus and Mark hit the ground running in their first season in the West Valley.
Junior quarterback Adryan Lara showed why he is a prized college recruit, averaging nearly 300 yards per game and tossing 23 touchdown passes against only three interceptions.
With fellow junior Jeryll McIntosh running for more than 1,000 yards, the Scorpions will have an all-star backfield back next season.
Lara will lose his favorite receiver, as senior Andrew Patterson—who caught 10 touchdown passes—will graduate. But junior receivers Richard Kulik and Fabian Lopez will be back for the 2021-22 season.
Steven Oritz, a top-rated defensive back, was one of several standout seniors on the defensive side that the Carters will have to replace next season.
In the 5A bracket, Verrado had its season ended by top-seeded Sunrise Mountain, also the night after Thanksgiving.
Senior Logan Gingg rushed for nearly 1,000 yards to power the Vipers playoff season.
Sophomore Erick Santiago and junior Cutter Briscoe split snaps during the season for Verrado, so Coach Tom Ward will have that position secure next season.