Hayden advances in playoffs

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Hayden Lobos

  The No. 9-ranked Hayden football avenged a 56 – 42 loss to No. 8 Ft. Thomas just two weeks ago by defeating the Apaches when it mattered most in last Friday’s first round playoff game, 30 – 20.

  The Lobos took advantage of seven turnovers and ran over and through the Apaches’ defense on the way to victory. Running back Joel Rodriguez did the most damage for the Lobos, rushing for four touchdowns in the game.

  “We played well,” Hayden head coach John Estrada told the Copper Basin News. “We beat a tough team and I was very proud of our performance.”

  The Lobos’ win sets up a matchup versus top-ranked Mogollon this Saturday.

  “Mogollon is No. 1 for a reason.” Estrada said. “We’ll need to play our best game of the season.”

Andy Luberda (1068 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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