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Higley Holds Off Desert Edge In Controversial 5A Final

The Higley Knights defeated the Desert Edge Scorpions 42-41 in Friday night’s battle to be crowned 5A Divisional champions.

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The game was played at Arizona State University’s Mountain America Stadium in Tempe.

The Controversy Starts

Controversy sparked towards the end of the first half when a scuffle broke out between the two teams.

The fight resulted in 16 Desert Edge players and just three Higley players being ejected from the game.


Desert Edge Comeback

Despite being down 16 players and trailing 42-13 in the second half, the Scorpions (11-3) climbed back against all odds.

The team cut the lead down to just one as time expired, with senior athlete Deshawn Warner rushing it in from Higley’s one-yard line.

Flag Takes Win Away From The Scorpions

Desert Edge then went for two on a draw play with Warner and was successful… until a flag was thrown. The Scorpions thought they were champions, however, a controversial holding call took the conversation away. 

The holding call pushed them back 10 yards but did not stop the Scorpions from going for it again. However, this time it was not successful, ending the game.

Higley Crowned 5A Champions

With all the controversy to the side, the Higley Knights (12-2) played incredible football.

Knights’ star senior running back Daxen Hall totaled 336 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Hall ended a dominant high school career with a memorable performance.

This was a rematch between the two teams this year, as they met in September with Desert Edge coming out with the overtime win.

Higley now got their revenge and are champions of the 5A, until further notice.


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Saleh Awwad is a writer/reporter covering Phoenix High School Sports and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @SalehAwwad_

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