Breaking Down Pinnacle-Liberty High School Football

August 11, 2022;  Peoria, Arizona;  USA;  Liberty defensive lineman My'Keil Gardner drills during practice at Liberty High School.

They both have high-octane crimes. They both chase after him defensively. And both have state championship aspirations.

welcome to the republic of arizonaHigh School Football Game of the Week: Phoenix Pinnacle at Peoria Liberty on Friday night at 7.

This is week 4 of the Arizona high school football season, but it’s only the second game for both 6A teams.

Let’s break it down:

Pinnacle’s offense vs. Liberty’s defense

Pinnacle has been a quarterback factory under coach Dana Zupke, producing three Power 5 quarterbacks in a row: Brian Lewerke (Michigan State), Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma, now South Carolina) and JD Johnson (Michigan).

Wyatt Horton is now the sophomore quarterback who made a flashy college debut last week at California, where he threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more touchdowns in a 43-6 win over El Camino. The moment is not too big for him.

He exudes confidence and, with a major playmaker in the 6-foot-6, 235-pound five-star tight end Duce Robinson, makes his job easier just to get the ball into the big man’s hands and let him do the rest. .

Pinnacle High tight end Duce Robinson during the 7-on-7 high school football passing tournament at the Fear Farm Sports and Entertainment Complex.

Robinson is not the prototype tight end. He’s big, athletic, fast, has great outfield moves and is used as a wide receiver and will run routes out of the slot. He looks a lot like Mark Andrews at Scottsdale Desert Mountain, now the tight end for the Baltimore Ravens.

So there are two X factors in the offense. Receiver Myles Libman, who is cunning and difficult to tackle in space. His brother Marcus was one of the best catchers in the state when Rattler was throwing darts at Pinnacle. Running back Jacobie Rucker is another X factor, whose toughness and punishing running style will ensure that Liberty pays attention to the run. Horton can also take off and make plays.

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