Gilbert, Ariz. - Emotions ran high as Higley High School (Knights) hadn't seen the semi-finals since 2007 and this was Catalina Foothill's (Falcons) first appearance in program history.
Higley got things started in the first quarter with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mason Crossland to Jacob Rowland.
It was 7-6 Catalina to end the first.
Catalina Foothills put up 3 more TD's in the second to make the score 34-14 at halftime. Touchdowns like a 35-yard pass from Rhett Rodriguez, a 7-yard quarterback sneak, and a 55-yard bomb to Jimmy Stewart to name a few.
Higley wasn't giving up. In the third, Higley's quarterback runs it in 9-yards to make it 41-21 Catalina. But the Falcons never stopped - it was 55-21 to end the third quarter.
Your final, 62-37 Catalina Foothills. The no. 6 Falcons head to Glendale next week to face no. 1 Saguaro in their first ever state championship appearance.
"Right now I really can't describe it, but I've got to give a shout out to my offensive line...defense...special teams...all around great job and I'm so excited," Catalina Foothills quarterback Rhett Rodriguez said.
"This is what high school football should be about...they're a class group of guys...they really deserve this and I'm so happy for them," Catalina Foothills head coach Jeff Scurran said.
The 4A State Championship is slated for Nov. 26 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is at 10 am.
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