Ironwood Ridge wins first state football championship - Tucson News Now

Ironwood Ridge wins first state football championship

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Ironwood Ridge students celebrate during the fourth quarter of Saturday's win. Photo courtesy of Alexis Ranieri Ironwood Ridge students celebrate during the fourth quarter of Saturday's win. Photo courtesy of Alexis Ranieri
Nighthawks football coach Matt Johnson holds the championship hardware. Nighthawks football coach Matt Johnson holds the championship hardware.
TEMPE, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Ironwood Ridge routed Peoria Centennial 27-3 Saturday night to win the Division II state championship game at Sun Devil Stadium.

The victory handed the Nighthawks their first state football title. They became the first Tucson-area high school team to beat a Phoenix-area school for a state championship since 2003.

The Ironwood Ridge defense didn't duplicate the five turnovers from their first meeting with the Coyotes, won 28-24 by the Nighthawks in September, but they did get six sacks, just one short of the seven they achieved in that Week Six win in Tucson.

IRHS scored on a 24-yard Tyler Williams touchdown pass to John Klass in the second quarter to take a 7-3 lead.

Scott Simmons intercepted a pass with 51 seconds left in the third quarter as the Nighthawks went ahead 20-3.

Anthony Braunreiter ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns including a 35-yarder that effectively iced the game with 7:33 remaining.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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