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Division I, Section I
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
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THIS WEEK’S GAMES
With only a couple weeks remaining until the badminton team and individual state tournaments (Oct. 18-19 for individuals; Oct. 28 for team championships), one of the final wider-scale tournaments takes place this weekend.
Final scores from Week 3 of the high school football season:
Cactus Shadows RB Joe Kuhlmann (13) goes through warmups before the Falcons take on Apollo on Sept. 12, 2013.
For the first 22 minutes of Thursday night’s contest, Glendale Apollo pushed all the right buttons on the road.
Cactus Shadows and Apollo squared off on Sept. 12, 2013.
10. Paradise Valley 2-0
9. Sahuaro 1-1
8. Apollo 1-1
7. Campo Verde 3-0
6. Ironwood Ridge 1-1
Paradise Valley enters the rankings after a shootout win over North Canyon. Sahuaro drops a spot after a loss to Sabino, while Apollo gets back in with an impressive victory over Ironwood Ridge. Campo Verde continued its strong start by defeating Thunderbird and has moved up to No. 7. Ironwood Ridge is down three spots to No. 6.
10. Paradise Valley 3-1...
9. Mesquite 3-1...
8. Liberty 3-2...
7. Sahuaro 3-1...
6. Campo Verde 4-0...
Paradise Valley drops a pair of spots after losing to Horizon. Mesquite had an easy time against Ironwood and stays put at No. 9. Liberty walloped Apollo to move into the rankings at No. 8. Sahuaro breezed past Kofa and Campo Verde was idle as they remain in their spots in the rankings. Marana Mountain View drops out after a loss to Desert Vista.
It’s been a wild first three weeks for Higley. The Knights are 3-0 but have struggled to beat Desert View and Phoenix Christian. Last week, the district said the football team would be forfeiting its first two games for playing running back Ricky Marshall, who was ineligible. Marshall is not expected to play in this game, and the bigger worry might be on the other side of the ball. The Knights gave up 435 rushing yards to Phoenix Christian’s Scottie Jordan last week, so expect Cactus Shadows running back Joe Kuhlmann (187.7 yards per game this season) to have a big game. On the flip side, the Higley offense has been impressive, and while the Falcons are allowing under 14 points per game, the competition has not been super heavy. Cactus Shadows opened some eyes with a win over Glendale Apollo last week and can prove it deserves a top-10 ranking with a win in this one. Higley, though, has a deadly passing attack which the Falcons may have a hard time defending. This one’s a tough call, but I’ll take the Knights.
Prediction: Higley 41, Cactus Shadows 35
-- Kyle Odegard
The ACS Rankings didn't have much movement after the 16 games played by Arizona teams in Week O.
Outlook: George De La Torre knows where the Dobson football program stands in the Division I hierarchy. After a one-win season in 2012 and low program numbers which affect depth, the Mustangs aren’t going to be favored many times on Friday nights this fall. De La Torre doesn’t want to fight the perception of his team but instead wants his players to embrace it.
10. Campo Verde 2-0
9. Sahuaro 1-0
8. Buena 1-0
7. Mtn. View (Marana) 1-0
6. Marcos de Niza 1-0
Marcos de Niza held on in a wild affair against Horizon to remain at No. 6. Marana Mountain View sticks at No. 7, while Buena and Sahuaro each move up a spot. Campo Verde joins the rankings after a second straight easy win to open the year while Glendale Apollo drops out.
Outlook: Finding an acceptable defense has been quite the struggle for third-year Cactus Shadows coach Greg Davis. The team gave up 42.1 points in 2011 and 32.2 last year, which, not surprisingly, culminated in a 6-14 record over that span. Now that standout quarterback Bryce Kinsler has moved on, outscoring opponents will be even tougher, so defensive improvement seems imperative to find success.
10. Sahuaro — Hung tough against Sabino and Cienega a season ago. The Cougars return many impact defensive players as well as QB Laramie Brown and WR Cole Sterns on offense.
9. Buena — RB Dominique Drake (1,621 yards, 23 TD) is one of the division’s top returning rushers. The Colts made the playoffs in Division I a year ago and should at least equal that as they move down to Div. II.
8. Apollo — QB Jordan Gungl (2,427 yards, 26 TD, 5 INT) is back but has a new group of wideouts. Hawks offense should be good again and if the defense can step up, season could be special. Nico Bayless (963 rush yards, 16 TD; 50 tackles on defense) will be key on both sides of the ball.
7. Marana Mountain View — Surprised many by beating Cienega twice a year ago, including in the playoffs. Many key pieces back, including standout running back Richie Estrada (1,754 yards, 19 TD).
6. Marcos de Niza — QB Josh Eckley is one of biggest threats in the division, but there are several question marks around him on offense after graduation and transfers gutted the skill positions. Defense should be good, though, and the program always has athletes.
Outlook: While it’s a new era at Horizon, a duplication of last year’s success would be a nice feat for the football program. Doug Shaffer led the Huskies to an 8-3 record a season ago and a Division II playoff berth, but stepped away one year earlier than expected because of health issues. Enter Kris Heavner, the former Arizona quarterback who was most recently the coach at Santa Rita.
PHOENIX — Despite limited success last time, Gov. Jan Brewer is again building up a war chest to try to influence federal elections in Arizona — and elsewhere.
Here are the East Valley high school varsity football schedules for 2013. This list will be continuously updated.