A 38-13 win over the Wranglers of Wickenburg this past Saturday sends the Chino Valley Mighty Mites to championship game against Cottonwood on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.
The game will be played at Mingus Union High School.
With a 9-0 record, the Chino Valley Mighty Mites are one game away from repeating as division champs after downing Wickenburg 38-13 on Saturday morning.
After having to bench the first string because of a league 28-point lead regulation, head coach Leon Taylor was able to give his second string a chance to show their stuff.
"They (non-starters) kept Wickenburg scoreless all the way through the second half until the last few minutes, so the second string did really well," said Taylor. "The good thing about the 28-point rule is that next year's team is getting a lot of plays under their belt. Even though we're going to lose some of our stronger players next year, our young guys are going to be great and now have some experience."
Among the highlights of Saturday's game was the four extra point kicks off the foot of Dakota McMains. In the Mighty Mite division (5-to-8-year-olds) kicking through the uprights counts for two points.
Other scoring highlights came from touchdowns by Isaiah "Freight Train" Kimmerle and Collin Knight, along with strong showings by Ian Silver, Kaden Wagner and Jaxton Mortenson.
Chino Valley will face the Cottonwood Lobos at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood.
Coach Taylor wasn't shy about his team's chances following Saturday's win.
"We're going to bring back-to-back championships, I'll make that prediction," he said.
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