Game Preview: Apollo v. Centennial
Zach Hoffpauir
Zach Hoffpauir
Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Jason Jewell

SW Analyst Jason Jewell previews tonight's Cox 7 game of the week

Preview: Glendale (Az.) Apollo at Peoria Centennial

Last week: Apollo (3-0) beat Ironwood (2-1) 49-7. Centennial (3-0) beat La Joya (0-3) 36-0.

Players to Watch: Apollo- senior QB Jon Brown, senior OL Daniel Cruz, senior RB Richie Martinez, senior DB Zach Becerra

Centennial- senior S Zach Hoffpauir, junior DE Marcus Farria, junior RB Jalen Ortiz, senior WR/DB Jesse Callahan, senior QB Justin Sanchez, senior DB Troy Hawthorne, senior LB Brennan Franklin, senior DT Josh Stevens, junior OL Spencer Nathe

Keys to a Apollo win: This team goes where QB Jon Brown takes them, he is their leading passer and rusher and has accounted for nearly 72% of the Hawks' offense. Saying he needs a big game is an understatement. The defense has played tough, giving up just 20 points all season. All signs point to a Centennial win but Apollo is the best team the Coyotes have faced to date and the longer Apollo sticks around in the end, they have a better chance of pulling an upset.

Keys to a Centennial win
: Wear the Hawks out. The Coyotes have over 60 players on their roster compared to 40 for Apollo. The one-two punch of Jalen Ortiz and Zach Hoffpauir in the ground game will be tough to slow down. Stop Jon Brown...period. Centennial's defensive line is very good, led by Marcus Farria and Josh Stevens, push up front and penetration will be key. Get the ball in the hands of their skill guys. Centennial overall has better speed at the skill positions.

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