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Desert Edge and Cactus Meet in West Valley Showdown

The Desert Edge Scorpions (4-1) and the Cactus Cobras (5-0) are matching up in our Arizona high school football featured GameTime matchup this week – Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 pm MT/9:00 pm CT.

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Watch it on YurView Arizona – Cox channel 4 in Phoenix and channel 7 in Tucson. Cox customers can also watch the games on their phones using the Cox Contour App. Download the Contour App on Apple and Android.

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 Desert Edge co-head coaches Mark and Marcus Carter’s coaching journey began at Cactus.

“That’s home for us,” Marcus said. “We played a tough game with them last year and we’re looking forward to another great one. It’s a little different going to that other locker room when we go and standing on the other sideline, it’s a different view.”

Last year, the Scorpions got the win 12-0.

“They’re very fast and athletic, so we just have to be on our toes with that,” Cactus head coach Joseph Ortiz said. “Lara is one of the best quarterbacks in Arizona and we have to be ready for him in every aspect.”

In 2020, Desert Edge was knocked out of the first round of the Open Division playoffs by Chandler.

Cactus lost a close game to Mesquite in the 4A State Title game.

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Sr. QB Adryan Lara, 6’2” 205 – Desert Edge

Lara is a Washington State commit.

This season through five games, Lara has 1,317 passing yards with 19 touchdowns.

He also has 31 yards rushing with two touchdowns.


Lara has a close relationship with co-head coach Mark Carter which Marcus has said has really helped improve Lara’s play this year.

“We want to get Spencer Rattler’s record this year,” Marcus said of his hopes for Lara this season. “It’s going to be fun.”

Rattler, who is now playing collegiately at Oklahoma, broke the Arizona all-time passing yards record in 2018. The record is now 11,083 yards.

Lara has 9,211 total passing yards in his career.

Sr. QB Will Galvan, 5’8” 160 – Cactus

Last week in the Cobras’ game against Poston Butte Galvan threw a school record seven touchdowns.

“He took everything to heart this past offseason and worked on his arm and accuracy,” Ortiz said. “He’s slinging it now and he’s very confident in the pass game now, but he can also run with the best of them.

“He’s grown as a quarterback and that’s made our offense that much more dynamic.”

Through five games this year, Galvan has 268 yards rushing with four touchdowns and 683 passing yards with 15 touchdowns.

Sr. LG Gavin Broscious, 6’5” 305 – Desert Edge

Broscious is a Michigan State Commit. He’s rated as the No. 11 overall player in Arizona and the No. 2 offensive lineman in the state by 247Sports.com.

“Gavin is Gavin,” Marcus said. “He’s our anchor up front. He’s gotten a lot stronger and he’s slimmed down a little bit. He’s still in the 300 pound range, but some of that baby fat has turned in to muscle.”

Broscious had offers from Arizona State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Utah, Cal and Colorado as well.

Sr. LB/RB/P Aki Pulu, 5’10” 215 – Cactus

Pulu is the Cobras’ “enforcer,” Ortiz said.

On the season defensively, Pulu has 32 tackles, eight tackles for loss. Offensively he has six carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.

“He was a key component of us making it to state (last year),” Ortiz said. “He led us in having that ferocity and physicalness that he has, and it resonates through the whole team.”

Pulu also plays volleyball for the Cobras and on a club rugby team out of Tempe.

The Desert Edge Scorpions (4-1) take on the Cactus Cobras (5-0) in our GameTime Arizona featured Arizona high school football matchup – Friday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 pm MT/9:00 pm CT.