The first round of the AIA high school playoffs got underway, with multiple West Valley teams competing for the state title.
La Joya Community High’s season ended with a 76-28 loss at Perry High. The Lobos finish 8-3.
Millennium High thrilled the home fans, powering to a 45-14 win over Gilbert. Larry Craft raced for a 67-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. Craft ran for another 39-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Tigers overwhelmed Gilbert, leading 31-0 at the half.
Millennium moves on to play Casteel in Queen Creek at 7 p.m. Friday.
Verrado went down with a fight, losing 38-28 at Notre Dame Prep. The Vipers battled back from a 1-4 start to make the playoffs.
Desert Edge had the Goodyear fans rocking as they blasted Prescott 37-7.
Sophomore quarterback Adryan Lara tossed three touchdown passes, including a 90-yarder to junior Andrew Patterson. Sophomore running back Jeryll Mcintosh rushed for 111 yards to balance an explosive Scorpions attack.
Desert Edge (8-3) hosts Casa Grande at 7 p.m. Friday in the second round.
Buckeye’s Odyssey Institute lost to No. 3 Northwest Christian 49-7. The Minotaurs finished the season with a 7-4 record.
Trivium Prep is rolling.
The Crimson Knights are 10-0 after a thrilling 35-28 win over Morenci.
Senior running back David Marquez battered for 203 yards and four touchdowns, including a 20-yard burst that clinched the game.
Trivium Prep hosts Thatcher in the second round, with kickoff in Goodyear at 7 p.m. Friday.