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Here is the Division I Section 1 All-Section football team as voted by the section's football coaches:
Hamilton coach Steve Belles took the playoff mantra "win or go home" and applied it to one play Monday night.
Chandler's Dionte Sykes canÕt quite get to the ball as the sideline looks on during the game against Hamilton Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in Gilbert. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Chandler teammates Dionte Sykes and Elijah Sykes perform their touchdow ritual during their game against Basha Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in Chandler. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Chandler wide reciever Dionte Sykes eyes the prize of a touchdown as he heads up field while playing Basha, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in Chandler. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Izzy Simpson, Chaparral: 143 yards, TD...
J.T. Nettleton, Saguaro: 137 yards, TD...
Dionte Sykes, Chandler (pictured): 108 yards, TD...
Jalen Brown, Mountain Pointe: 99 yards, 2 TD...
Brett Adams, Saguaro: 77 yards, 2 TD...
Cules Rose, Pinnacle: 72 yards, 2 TD...
Chandler could do no wrong in the first half Friday night.
Behind a complete effort, No. 2 Chandler dominated No. 15 Skyline 55-16 Friday night to advance to the second round of the Division I playoffs, where a rematch against Basha awaits.
Chandler wide receiver Dionte Sykes celebrates with his quarterback Bryce Perkins Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Chandler. [Brant Clinard/ Special to the Tribune]
Skyline's Logan Ruppert looks to put the hurt on Chandler wide receiver Dionte Sykes Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Chandler. [Brant Clinard/ Special to the Tribune]
Chandler teammates Elijah Sykes and Dionte Sykes go through a scoring ritual during the game against Skyline Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Chandler. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
For the second week in a row, Highland fell to a top Division I team by a touchdown. The No. 7-seeded Hawks (based on power rankings) fell to No. 2-seeded Chandler, 21-14, in the regular season finale for both teams.
Chandler's Dionte Sykes scores a touchdown in the first half while playing at Highland, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
These teams faced off in a memorable shootout in 2012, as Basha jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead but watched as Chandler scored 41 second-half points to secure a 10-point win. The Wolves will be favored in this one, especially coming off a victory over Hamilton a few weeks back. Chandler’s offense may be even more explosive than last year behind QB Bryce Perkins, RB Chase Lucas, WR Mitch McCulley, WR Dionte Sykes and WR Elijah Sykes, while Basha should be able to put up points as well led by quarterback Zach Werlinger and wide receiver Doc O’Connor. It should be another entertaining showdown, but Chandler’s vast array of weapons on offense may be too much for the Bears to slow down.
Prediction: Chandler 45, Basha 38
-- Kyle Odegard
The Chandler-Hamilton game went as this rivalry tends to go for 47 1/2 minutes on Friday night.
The Chandler-Hamilton rivalry has seen its share of ugliness in its nearly two decades — hence the Chandler Police Department mobile command center parked outside Chandler High on Friday night. Inside the stadium, the two offenses provided the unsightliness for three-plus quarters.
Junior quarterback Bryce Perkins completed 8 of 9 passes for 149 yards and a career-high five touchdowns to lead Chandler past Laveen Cesar Chavez, 41-21, on Friday night.
The embodiment of Mountain Pointe football – physical, athletic and relentless – was helped off the field.
Chandler has the look of a football team destined to make a deep run in the Division I postseason.
Perhaps the so-called “little things” are aligned.
Two East Valley quarterbacks dominated the headlines this summer.
Sierra Vista - Long road trips, especially for non-section games that weren't necessarily requested to be scheduled, can sometimes cause the traveling team to approach the task more like a burden than a goal-driven event.
A pair of local stars are expected to make their season debuts on Friday.
The Wolves have been one of the most impressive teams in the earlygoing. They easily beat Peoria Centennial in Week 1 and boatraced Sierra Vista Buena from the outset on Friday night. Star wide receiver Dionte Sykes is back from a broken hand, giving the offense yet another weapon. Chandler stays at No. 4 heading into Saturday's showdown against Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, one of the best teams in the country.
The Wolves got off to a great start this year, as quarterback Bryce Perkins (190 pass yards, 124 rushing yards, 5 TD) starred in Thursday’s victory over Peoria Centennial. Sophomore running back Chase Lucas announced his presence on the varsity scene in that game, while Elijah Sykes and Wesley Sutton had big games, as well. Chandler star wide receiver Dionte Sykes (broken hand) is expected back this week after missing the opener. Buena beat Corona del Sol in Sierra Vista last week but will be underdogs in this one. Running back Dominique Drake is a top talent, but there may not be enough talent around him for the Colts to keep up.
Prediction: Chandler 49, Buena 21
-- Kyle Odegard