Queen Creek ALA's Donovan Hanna (7) snares the jersey of fleeing Sabino quarterback Alex Bell (8). Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star

Queen Creek ALA’s Donovan Hanna (7) snares the jersey of fleeing Sabino quarterback Alex Bell (8). Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star

In only its second season of football Queen Creek’s (AZ) American Leadership Academy (ALA)—with offensive coordinator Max Hall—defeated Sabino 31-14 to claim the Arizona 3A AIA state title.  BYU recruit Donovan Hanna was a big reason for the victory as he got it done on all sides of the ball with three receptions, six punts, and five tackles, including a career high three sacks.

Meanwhile, Isaac Rex’s second touchdown of the season—a leaping grab in the back of the end zone—came at a really good time, as he helped San Clemente overcome Valencia 41-35 to advance to the CIF Southern Sectionals title game later this week.   Game summaries for each of the Cougar commits are listed below.

BYU Commits still in-action

  • Keenan Ellis (WR, Bonita Vista HS, @Keenan_Ellis17). Bonita Vista (5-8, 2-2) fell to Mater Dei Catholic 42-10 in CIF San Diego sectionals semifinal matchup to see their season come to an end. Ellis was held to just two receptions for 20 yards. Season Totals: in 10 games has 41 receptions for 972 yards (23.7 avg) and nine touchdowns; nine kickoff returns for 235 yards (33.4 avg), including one 95 yard kickoff return for a score
  • Donovan Hanna (TE/DT, American Leadership Academy; @donnyd119). The ALA Patriots (14-1, 6-0) defeated Sabino 31-14 to claim the 3A AIA state title. Hanna had three receptions for 37 yards, four solo tackles and one assisted tackle, three sacks, and six punts for 225 yards. Season totals: 53 receptions for 989 yards, 10 TDs; one carry for three yards; 29 tackles (11 solo, 18 assisted); 5.0 TFL; 4.0 sacks; 21 punts for 715 yards (with 6 inside the 20); kickoff return for 8 yards (and two touchbacks).
  • Isaac Rex (TE, San Clemente HS, @Isaac_Rex1). San Clemente (10-3, 3-1) defeated Valencia 41-35 to set up a title matchup this weekend versus Murrieta Valley in the CIF Southern sectionals. Rex had two receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown in the semifinal game. Season stats (in seven games): 13 receptions for 160 yards, 2 TD
  • Seth Willis (OL, Newtown HS; @seth_willy). The Nighthawks (10-0, 5-0) defeated Masuk 35-28 in their regular season finale. The face Shelton in the Connecticut Class LL playoffs today. Season Totals: one solo tackle

 Class of 2017 commits whose seasons have concluded

Class of 2018 commits

Class of 2019 commits

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