Update: Ironwood Ridge captured the Division II state title by defeating Peoria Centennial 27-3.
TEMPE - Anthony Braunreiter scored on an eight-yard run on Ironwood Ridge’s opening drive of the second half to give the Nighthawks a 14-3 lead over Peoria Centennial in the Division II state championship game Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
Minutes later, linebacker Scott Simmons intercepted Centennial quarterback Tre’Von Grant and returned it for a touchdown. The Nighthawks missed the ensuing extra point and lead the Coyotes 20-3 through three quarters and are 12 minutes away from their first ever football state championship.
Centennial jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a 22-yard field goal from Joe Navarro.
Less than three minutes later, quarterback Tyler Williams threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to John Klass to make it 7-3, which held up for the halftime score.
Centennial missed two field goals in the first half and committed a turnover.
The Coyotes trailed despite dominating time of possession. Centennial had the ball for 15 minutes and 32 seconds. The Nighthawks possessed it for just 8:28.
Ironwood Ridge had just 16 plays on offense.
Centennial ran 38 plays.
Running back Jalen Ortiz had 46 yards on seven carries and 43 yards on seven receptions in the first half.