Pinnacle vs Centennial: What You Need to Know

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The third YurView National Game of the Week is a showdown between Arizona division 5 powerhouse Centennial and division 6 contender Pinnacle. The Coyotes (3-0) host Pinnacle (3-1) at 7:00pm MST on September 14th and the game will be broadcast live on YurView Arizona and YurView stations nationally for customers of Cox Communications. It will stream live on YurView.com.

Arizona Athletes On Display

By Corey O’Leary with help from YurView sports producer Rich Reid.

There’s not much you can say about the Coyotes from Centennial that hasn’t been said. Coach Richard Taylor and the ’Yotes have racked up five state titles and three runner-up finishes since 2005, and won 13 straight a year ago before getting upset in the finals at Williams Field. Pinnacle, meanwhile, gave Nationally ranked Chandler all they could handle in a 35-28 overtime loss two weeks ago.

While Taylor returns a host of game tested veterans including senior running back Zidane Thomas (Arizona’s #1 Rated 2018 Running Back) and Dominique Hampton (Arizona’s #2 Rated DB), Pinnacle features the top rated national quarterback by ESPN in the Class of 2019, Spencer Rattler.

Strength vs Strength

With so much talent on the offensive side of the ball, it may be easy to overlook the defenses in this matchup. Don’t.

While the Pioneers have allowed only 5.7 points per game in their three wins, Centennial’s defense hasn’t allowed a point this season. They also haven’t faced the best Junior QB in the country – yet.

Pinnacle will go as far as their signal-caller can take them, and while he has been able to put points on the board throughout his career, Centennial is trying to keep their impressive shutout streak alive. Still, Rattler has playmakers to get the ball to, making this a classic case of great offense vs great defense.

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Players to Watch

QB Spencer Rattler – Pinnacle

Rattler has already committed to Oklahoma after being courted by nearly every college football powerhouse in the country. A talented basketball player as well, some peg him as the best two-sport athlete in the country.

RB Zidane Thomas – Centennial

Committed to Boise State, Thomas ran for nearly 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, and is averaging over ten yards a carry so far this season.

DB Dominique Hampton – Centennial

Rated as the #2 Defensive Back in the state, the University of Washington commit runs a sub-11 second 100 meter dash, and he’ll have to be relied on to take away some of Pinnacle’s passing game.

LB Jordan Ware – Centennial

Every elite defense needs a ‘Heart and Soul’ linebacker, and Ware is just that for the Coyotes.

WRs Hadden and Hogan Hatten

Twin brothers, they’re big targets for Rattler and catch nearly 10 passes a game between them.

Watch The Game of the Week as Centennial hosts Pinnacle on Thursday, September 14th, at 7:00 p.m on YurView Arizona and Yurview.com.