Phoenix Christian senior Man-man Freeman and junior Howard Russell combined for 218 rushing yards and 93 receiving yards and each had a rushing and a receiving touchdown to lead the No. 3 Cougars to a 27-20 win against visiting No. 6 St. Johns in an AIA Division 2A second round playoff game on Friday, Nov. 8.

Freeman, who surpassed the 1,800-yard rushing mark for the season with 156 yards in the win, also led Phoenix Christian on defense with 14 total tackles, six solo, an a sack. Jose Hererra intercepted two passes.

Phoenix Christian moves on to play No. 7 Thatcher in the semifinals at Scottsdale Coronado High on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Thatcher defeated No. 2 Buckeye Trivium Prep 21-7 in last Friday’s second round game.

The winner of Saturday’s game will take on the winner of the Round Valley-Eloy Santa Cruz semifinal for the 2A state championship, which will be played at Gilbert Williams Field High on Nov. 29.

St. Johns ends the season 9-3 overall. Head coach Mike Morgan has tied former Blue Ridge head Paul Moro with 336 wins, the most in Arizona football history.

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