Santa Rita vs. Coronado

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The story about the best program turnaround continues this Friday when Jeff Scurran leads his Santa Rita Eagles into the 4A-Division II semi-finals against Scottsdale Coronado. This is the second straight year (both under Scurran) the Eagles will appear in the semi-final game hoping to take another step towards earning their first ever state championship. Coach Scurran said it best this week, "if you're not practicing on Thanksgiving Day, then you probably didn't have the season you were expecting when the year began."

After going from an 0-10 regular season record in 2006 to 9-1 in 2007, Santa Rita was kicked out of the playoffs by top-seeded Cottonwood Mingus 35-7, finishing the year 11-2. This year the Eagles get the Coronado Dons who are 11-1 this season and have not allowed more than 30 points all year long. The Dons are extremely efficient only turning the ball over 9 times the entire season. We know Santa Rita has offensive weapons in dual-threat quarterback Ian Garlets and explosive wide receiver J.J. Holliday, along with a stingy defense led by Garlets at safety. I'm sure the Eagles are still riding high from last week's come-from-behind, last second victory over rival Palo Verde. With that being said let's hope they're focusing on execution and minimizing mistakes because it will take that same effort and more in order to move on to the final round.

Coach Scurran is referred to as legendary, magical, and all the above; and the final chapter in turning around the Santa Rita Eagles football program has yet to be completed. Scurran didn't hesitate to go for the 2-point conversion last week to seal the win, and when that didn't work out he made sure an on-side kick was the next step in snatching victory from the Titans. What plan will Scurran roll out Friday afternoon against Coronado at Paradise Valley high school? Hope you're there to see it.