CHANDLER, Ariz. — Going into week four of high school football, fans and spectators are feeling déjà vu.
Well, maybe, depending on the outcome of the came.
The Chandler Wolves and Liberty Lions will go head-to-head as they battle each other after facing off twice last season. The Wolves and Lions in 2020 played each other in week one and again at the Open Division Semifinals. Both times the Wolves were victorious, 44-10 and 35-34, respectfully.
Chandler is on a 39-game win streak and Liberty is 3-0 for the season, even taking down the defending 5A state champions Sunrise Mountain 41-38.
This comes at the hands of the field generals for each team, Chandler's senior quarterback, Blaine Hipa, has completed 35 passes for 420 yards and eight touchdowns, while Liberty's QB, Dominic Ochoa has completed 24 passes for 407 yards and five touchdowns while sharing time with sophomore Navi Bruzon.
Chandler has had its share of national attention -- winning five straight titles -- the and has bred NFL talent. Again this year, they are ranked nationally at 12 on MaxPreps and 11 on USA Today.
Senior safety for Liberty, Jax Stam, told 12 News, "We love the undefeated story right now but (we will) stay humble as always, we definitely have a big opponent, a very solid team at Chandler under Coach (Rick) Garretson and (we're) very humbled and very blessed to play such great competition."
Stam mentioned that the team mindset is also to not just take easy competition but go after the best -- That's exactly what Liberty will do Friday as Chandler is considered the No. 1 team in Arizona.
Kickoff to the 'rematch' will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Chandler High School, 350 N Arizona Ave.
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