Ironwood Ridge H.S. finishes #110 in MaxPreps National Football Rankings
Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director
TUCSON (Precision Sports Entertainment) The Ironwood Ridge High School football team finished No. 110 nationally for the 2012 season, following their Division 2 Arizona State Championship.
The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California based company that ranks more than 16,000 high school varsity football teams. Ironwood Ridge is one of 50 schools being honored on the eighth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.
The Nighthawks were honored at a Friday morning assembly at the school.
In only its 10th season of fielding a varsity team, the Nighthawks ended with a 13-1 record after defeating Centennial of Peoria, 27-3, to win their first state title.
"It's awesome to receive this award as it's a reflection of the hard work of these kids and their determination and perserverance," said Ironwood Ridge football coach Matt Johnson, who completed his fourth season.
Senior quarterback Tyler Williams was a double threat in Ironwood Ridge's spread offense. He completed 68.9% of his pass attempts for 17 touchdowns and rushed for antoher 15 scores. Running back Anthony Braunreiter gained 1,766 yards on the ground and scored 29 touchdowns.
The Nighthawks defense was led by linebackers Jake Matthews and Scott Simmons, as well as free safety John Robert Klass, all seniors. Matthews was the leading tackler with 94 stops and 7.5 quarterback sacks.
MaxPreps uses a sophisticated computer program, known as the Freeman Rankings, to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions.
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