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Gauchos top Montgomery to reach NCS championship game

  • Casa Grande's John Porchivina dives through Montgomery tacklers. (SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COURIER)

The Casa Grande High School football Gauchos reached the stratosphere of their world Saturday night and need just one more win to boost themselves into an orbit all their own.

The Gauchos' dominating 42-13 victory over Montgomery on the Big House turf made them the winningest football team ever at Casa Grande, but they still need one more triumph to gain he ultimate prize — a North Coast Section championship. That could happen next Saturday night when they face Miramonte in a 7 p.m. game at Rancho Cotate's showcase stadium for the Division II championship. Miramonte (10-2) surprised Clayton Valley, 44-38, Friday night to earn its spot in the championship clash,

To say that John Porchivina was the standout of Casa's Saturday win over Montgomery would be to understate the obvious. The senior unofficially rushed for 201 yards and officially ran for four touchdowns. He also returned a stolen pass 76 yards for a pick-six spectacular that gave him four touchdowns on a night to remember.

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But, as spectacular as Porchivina was, he didn't do it alone. He had plenty of help. Quarterback JaJuan Lawson supplied several crucial drive-sustaining runs and Cody Hughson continued his exceptional playoff experience with a 33-yard touchdown run. The offensive antics of what Herzog called “our three-headed offensive monster” were made possible by a big offensive line that kept pounding away at the smaller Vikings until, by game's end, Casa had established complete line dominance.

After yielding good chunks of yardage to Montgomery's gritty running back Logan Francavilla in the first half, the Casa Grande defense stepped up big time in the second half and, led as it has been all season, by the linebacking corps of Porchivina, Hughson, Casey Longaker and Miles Gardea, shut the Viking running game down and the entire Montgomery offense out, in the second half.

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