OVERTIME: Nighthawks run into championship buzzsaw

Defending champion Peoria Centennial beats the Nighthawks 55-7

OVERTIME: Nighthawks run into championship buzzsaw
Octavio Audry-Cobos sits dejectedly on the Ironwood Ridge bench during the Nighthawks loss to Centennial

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Centennial made a resounding statement in Tucson Friday night that they are still the team to beat in Conference 5-A, rolling Ironwood Ridge 55-7.

It was the first meeting between the Coyotes and Nighthawks since they faced off in the 2012 Division II state championship game in Tempe.

OVERTIME: Centennial 55, Ironwood Ridge 7 (Game of the Week)

Ironwood Ridge won on that night, the second time they had beaten Centennial that season. The Coyotes now lead the all-time series 4-2.

Centennial took the opening kickoff 82 yards to set up their first touchdown of the night, a 13-yard run by Tawee Walker.

Coyotes quarterback Jonathan d’Morris threw a pair of first half touchdown passes and Eric Haney had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown as the defending 5A champions built a 41-7 lead at the intermission.

The Nighthawks have now lost three straight games but to teams in Goodyear Milennium, Campo Verde and Centennial who have a combined record of 12-1.

Ironwood Ridge will look at end their losing streak next Friday night when they visit Desert View.

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