Chandler Valley Christian’s season has been anything but ordinary.
Despite the tragic death of Danny Pasanella and more than the usual amount of injuries, particularly concussions, the Trojans still have managed to go 6-1 and put themselves in a position to win the 2A Central Region with wins the next two weeks.
They also managed to touch the hearts of many in the community when coach Bill Morgan allowed five players to join the team at midseason.
It’s something he normally would not allow.
“Allowing them to come and play was a completely different set of circumstances,” Morgan said, who requested the players involved not be named. “They wanted to do it in tribute to Danny and the program. Their humility has been overwhelming.
“Helping out on special teams, sharing other position responsibilities, even leading Bible studies — whatever they could do they were willing to do. They came in with a total servant’s attitude.”
Morgan didn’t say no. Couldn’t say no. The five, four of whom are practicing regularly with the team, have done just what they said they would. Morgan is appreciative.
“It’s been a big lift,” Morgan said. “They came in with the understanding that it wouldn’t disrupt the team. They haven’t. If a player doesn’t work with us in the summer and go to camp with us, he won’t be with us when the season starts. This was a very unique circumstance.”
TIME TO HEAL THE HUSKIES
In a season filled with byes, this week’s goes to top-ranked Chandler Hamilton.
“It couldn’t come at a better time,” Hamilton coach Steve Belles said. “It’s allowing us to get healed up for the stretch.”
Senior quarterback Justin Peters, who has shared signal-calling duties with fellow senior Gerell Robinson, missed last week’s game with a sprained foot. He is still healing.
Belles said there is a decent chance he’ll be ready to play in next week’s game with Gilbert Mesquite.
For the first time in its 21-year history, Queen Creek will retire the number of a former student-athlete tonight when the high school honors Nathan Martens.
Martens, who lettered in football and baseball and graduated in 2003, will have his No. 61 football jersey retired at halftime of tonight’s game against Goodyear Millennium.
Martens, who enlisted in the Navy after high school, was killed in a vehicle rollover in Iraq in September 2005.
“To me, what stands out about this young man was his positive outlook,” football coach Curt LeBlanc said. “I can not recall a time when Nathan was in a sour mood. His smile radiated to all those around him.”
RENFREE, SANDERS HONORED
Scottsdale Saguaro’s John Sanders was named the Arizona Cardinals coach of the week after his Sabercats avenged their only loss of last season with a 31-28 win over Scottsdale Chaparral on Friday.
Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep quarterback Sean Renfree was honored with the Cardinals player of the week after throwing for 347 yards and four scores in a 35-21 win over Marin (Calif.) Catholic.
Tribune writers Kyle Odegard and Matt Paulson contributed to this report