No. 1 (DII) CENTENNIAL (1-0) at No. 8 GOODYEAR MILLENNIUM (1-0)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 14802 W. Wigwam Blvd., Goodyear
Centennial’s first road game may be one of the Coyotes’ toughest tests this season.
Both teams are coming off impressive openers. Centennial pounded Kellis, 52-7. Millennium led 26-6 in the third quarter and held on to win 32-18 against Laveen Betty Fairfax.
“Fairfax was pretty highly respected and they pretty much took them apart,” said Centennial coach Richard Taylor. “They do a lot of different things. This is going to be a real test to see where we are.”
The Coyotes can say much of the same after their opener. Centennial rushed for 205 yards and threw for 206, while senior Zach Hoffpauir and junior Jalen Ortiz each scored three touchdowns.
Centennial’s defense limited Kellis to six first downs. Taylor’s main concern this week was the Coyotes’ 11 first-half penalties.
No. 7 (DI) CHANDLER BASHA (1-0) at MOUNTAIN RIDGE (0-1)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 22800 N. 67th Ave., Glendale.
NOTE: West Valley Preps will cover this game.
After opening with a 32-0 loss to Phoenix Brophy Prep, life doesn’t get much easier for Mountain Ridge this week.
Basha is also a contender in Division I and cruised past Tempe Corona del Sol, 52-7. Senior quarterback Kyle Duran passed for 377 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears’ rout.
It’s the second straight week the Mountain Lions will face one of the state’s best passers. Brophy junior Tyler Bruggman had his way in Week 1, throwing for 256 yards and three scores.
Juniors Avery Ayers and Neiman Sneed saw time at quarterback for Mountain Ridge, but neither could manage 50 yards passing.
PRESCOTT (1-0) at No. 6 (DII) DEER VALLEY (1-0)
KICKOFF: 8 p.m. Friday at 18424 N. 51st Ave., Glendale.
The Skyhawks’ 2011 regular season began much as 2010 ended, trailing in the fourth quarter at Willow Canyon, Deer Valley came back for a close win.
Senior quarterback Auston Hillman and wide receiver Jacques Bruce were the key for the Skyhawks. Hillman threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns, all to Bruce, who scored on 83-, 15- and 53-yard pass plays.
“Jacques Bruce and Auston Hillman have a magic out there,” Coach Joe Kersting said. “They just kind of sense where each other is going to go. Jacques has as good an ability to adjust to where the ball is thrown as anyone I have ever coached.”
Prescott is riding high after scoring the final 27 points in a 39-21 victory over rival Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain. Senior Dakoda Peterson paced the Badgers with 100 rushing yards and 79 receiving yards.
SUNRISE MOUNTAIN (1-0) at VERRADO (1-0)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 20050 W. Indian School Road, Buckeye.
Sunrise Mountain is poised for its best start in recent memory thanks to its smooth 46-19 opening victory at Greenway.
Senior quarterback Max Shepherd carved up the Demons’ defense on zone-read option plays, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns. In all, the Mustangs rolled up 365 yards on the ground.
The defense stiffened in the second half. shutting out Greenway and recovering two fumbles. The Mustangs have been building momentum since coach Jim Carter took over last year.
“That’s the reason we’re so successful, because coach Carter came to the program and showed us exactly what we needed,” Shepherd said. “He’s one of the best coaches in the state.”
PHOENIX St. MARY’S (1-0) at IRONWOOD (1-0)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 6051 W. Sweetwater Ave., Glendale.
Ironwood coach Ian Curtis has read the articles predicting the demise of St. Mary’s football, after more than a dozen varsity players left the program because of the difficulty of paying tuition, plus a coaching change.
But after watching film of the Knights 35-22 win over Phoenix North, Curtis had only praise for new coach Todd Williamson’s troops.
Ironwood lost to St. Mary’s 45-28 in the fourth game of 2010, and it’s stuck with the Eagles. Ironwood’s senior captains said they believed this was the win that got away last year, mainly because the team committed about 150 yards of penalties on offense.
The Eagles enter Friday with some confidence following their season-opening 42-12 win against Independence.
Ironwood’s run-heavy offense controlled the clock, and the defense recovered from an early lull to hold the Patriots scoreless in the final three quarters.
“Defensively, we gave up an early touchdown on a long pass,” Curtis said. “The kids responded and they didn’t score another offensive touchdown.”
GLENDALE (0-1) at No. 4 (DIII) LIBERTY (1-0)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 9621 W. Speckled Gecko Drive, Peoria.
It looks like another week of early-season tinkering for the Lions before Paradise Valley visits Sept. 9. Glendale lost early-season blowouts to Liberty each of the past two years, and week one results suggest more of the same.
Phoenix Sierra Linda, with its first senior class, beat Glendale 52-26. Liberty overwhelmed Dysart 64-6.
The Lions’ passing game and stingy defense stood out against the Demons. Junior Tyler Rogers threw for 238 yards and four touchdowns in his second start, with senior receiver Paul Panaccione accounting for 197 yards and three scores.
Liberty’s defense held Dysart to 29 yards of offense.
No. 10 (DIII) PEORIA (0-1) at MOON VALLEY (0-1)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 3625 W. Cactus Road, Phoenix.
Peoria has a chance to recover from its frustrating 24-13 loss to Apollo. Next week is the annual war with Cactus, which has a bye this week.
Four turnovers doomed the Panthers against Division II Apollo. And one of the state’s best quarterbacks, senior Jon Brow, slammed the door for the Hawks, with 122 rushing yards and 116 passing yards and two touchdowns.
“We ran the ball, we passed the ball, but we can’t beat ourselves,” Clapp said.
AVONDALE AGUA FRIA (1-0) at DYSART (0-1)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 11425 N. Dysart Road, El Mirage
Dysart tries to regroup against a team that ran all over district rival Shadow Ridge in a 48-30 win.
The Owls trailed the debuting Stallions 30-28 entering the fourth quarter, but scored the game's final 20 points on two touchdown runs by senior tailback Leandre Vaughn and another score by senior fullback Elijah Goodman.
Vaughn rushed for four touchdowns.
No. 1 (DV) NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (1-0) at SEDONA RED ROCK (0-1)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop, Sedona.
Northwest Christian continues its road show Friday with a trip to the red rock to face a team coming off a 34-20 loss to Winslow
The Crusaders survived an unexpected trip south for a 2010 title-game rematch with Yuma Catholic. Originally scheduled for the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, this game was moved when repairs closed that facility.
Tied at six in the fourth quarter, Northwest Christian senior Casey Jahn broke loose for an 87-yard touchdown run. The Crusaders defense preserved a 13-6 win in the showdown between the top two teams in the new Division V.
SHADOW RIDGE(0-1) at BUCKEYE YOUNGKER (1-0)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 3000 S. Apache, Buckeye
Shadow Ridge nearly picked up a win in its first varsity game as a full AIA member. The Stallions have another opportunity against a school in its second full varsity season.
Youngker beat Division IV foe Estrella Foothills 15-12 last week. The Roughriders are coming off a 3-6 season and have a new coach in Matt York.
To stop Shadown Ridge, they'll have to stop sophomore tailback Chris Salsberry, who gashed Agua Fria for 223 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries.
JOY CHRISTIAN (1-0) at MAYER (1-0)
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. Friday at 17300 E Mule Deer Drive, Mayer
Coach Brian Cole's debut in eight-man football was bittersweet in a sense. Joy Christian rolled to victory, but the margin was troubling.
San Pasqual Valley fielded a 13-player squad in its 96-0 loss to the Eagles. Cole quickly emptied his bench, but by the end of the game was calling off the dogs even with third- and fourth-stringers. Sophomore quarterback Nick Henderson threw five touchdowns on only seven completions.
That won't be a problem this week. Mayer is always competitive. The Wildcats are coming off a playoff quarterfinal appearance in 2010.