Strong second half propels Ray High School to win

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Ray’s Jando Felix (#33) catches a touchdown.

  The No. 6-ranked Ray football team outscored visiting NFL Yet Academy in the second half of last Friday night’s game on its way to a come-from-behind 34 – 28 victory.

  Trailing 20 – 14 at halftime, the Bearcats outscored the Eagles 20 – 8 in the second half, including 12 unanswered points in the decisive fourth quarter.

  The loss was a blow to the playoff hopes of the Eagles, who entered the game ranked No. 16. They figure to drop a few spots when the new rankings are released. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs, with the top four earning first-round byes.

Ray’s Nathan Molar (#22) is brought down by several Chargers.

  The Cats visit No. 8 Hayden this Friday on the Lobos’ Senior Night.

  The Lobos could very well be playing for a playoff berth after a loss at No. 10 Ft Thomas last Friday night.

  Friday’s kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Jaden Pace (#3) on the sidelines with teammates. Pace is recovering from injuries suffered in the Superior-Ray game.

The Ray Marching Band was sounding GREAT at Friday night’s game.

Andy Luberda (995 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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