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Football Wins Senior Night Contest, Earns 5A Playoff Home Game

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Notre Dame Prep varsity football team earned an AIA 5A playoff berth as the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Apollo on Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m. at Bemis Field. Tickets will be required for all fans, including students, and are available via GoFan.

“It is always nice when you can be at home,” said head coach George Prelock.” We have historically played tough here. We know we are going to have a talented team come in here.”

The Saints defeated Horizon on senior night 31-28 to finish the regular season at 7-3.

Quarterback Braden Wells went 23-for-30 for 235 yards with three touchdowns, including the winning score to freshman Cooper Perry in the final minutes to seal the key victory.

“It was a complete team effort,” said Prelock. “All the effort goes to the boys and coaches. We are happy to come out on top of a very talented team in Horizon.”

Senior Gavin Smith led the team with nine receptions for 86 yards, while Perry finished with seven catches for 63 yards and the touchdown.

Junior Ben Roberts connected with Wells for two touchdowns, finishing with four receptions for 51 yards.

“It was fun to see him get in the end zone,” said Prelock. “He was worked hard all year as a blocking tight end, and he made the most of his opportunities tonight.”

Sophomores Tommy Romano and Deacon Shea each had eight total tackles to lead the defensive effort.

Junior Wyatt Peirson had a key 27-yard field goal for the Saints in the second half.

“We talk about caring about our teammates and it is one of our formidable truths,” said Prelock. “Andrew Vines had that outstanding run in the beginning, and he goes down and we lose our starting running back and kicker. Wyatt had not kicked since his freshman year and to kick a field goal in that situation was incredible.”

Sophomores Deacon Shea and Brady Meyer filled in for Vines, producing 92 yards on 12 carries and 54 yards on seven carries, respectively.

“They did not blink when they came in and I was so proud of them,” said Prelock.

NDP took any early 13-0 lead in the game on Vines’ 66-yard rush that pushed him over the 1,000-yard milestone for the season. Wells found Roberts for the first of the two scores to extend the lead. The Huskies cut the deficit to 13-7 before the half.

In the second half, Horizon took a 14-13 lead in the third quarter in a half that featured four lead changes. They pushed the lead to 21-13. The Saints then tied the game on a Gavin Smith touchdown and went ahead 24-21 on Peirson’s field goal. Horizon took their final lead with less than four minutes left at 27-24, setting up the late game heroics.

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