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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 10:17 am | Updated: 4:02 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

High school football schedules were released recently by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

To view them, visit http//aiaonline.org/school/schedules_proposed_print.php.

DYSART

Aug. 26 LIBERTY

Sept. 2 AGUA FRIA

Sept. 9 at Sunrise Mountain

Sept. 16 GLENDALE

Sept. 23 at Coconino

Sept. 30 at Wickenburg

Oct. 6 PEORIA

Oct. 14 SHADOW RIDGE

Oct. 21 at Verrado

Oct. 28 at Copper Canyon

OUR ANALYSIS: Dysart’s season may hinge on its first three games starting with its first-ever meeting with Peoria Liberty, followed by a more-experienced Agua Fria and then a road trip to Sunrise Mountain, which could prove a tough test. Dysart has a chance to make hay in the middle of its schedule, and in the final three games. The three Peoria opponents are the Demons’ tallest tasks, with every other game looking competitive on paper. Shadow Ridge is the most intriguing opponent, as their first full varsity squad faces a Dysart program that in essence started over in 2007. It should be a measuring stick for both schools. They conclude with Verrado and Copper Canyon, who between them were 3-17 last season. A playoff berth could be within Dysart’s grasp late in the season.

COACh SPEAK: “I think our schedule is great. It gives us a chance to renew rivalries. I think we’re playing the right schedule for who we are. I like the new section we’re in — it’s still a challenge but we match up better. (Shadow Ridge and Dysart) share some feeder schools. Our kids have grown up competing against each other and it should grow into a good rivalry.” — Andrew Garrett

SHADOW RIDGE

Aug. 26 at Agua Fria

Sept. 2 at Youngker

Sept. 9 APACHE JUNCTION

Sept. 16 VALLEY VISTA

Sept. 23 at Wickenburg

Sept. 30 VERRADO

Oct. 6 DESERT EDGE

Oct. 14 at Dysart

Oct. 21 at Willow Canyon

Oct. 28 PEORIA

OUR ANALYSIS: The computer spit out a tougher slate than most new schools put together under the old system, and the Stallions added to it by including Division I Valley Vista. A season removed from its first varsity run, the Stallions will kick off potential rivalries as it faces fellow Surprise schools Dysart, Valley Vista and Willow Canyon. The back half could pose problems with 4A-II semifinalist Desert Edge and Peoria bookending games against the Demons and the Wildcats.

VALLEY VISTA

Aug. 26 TREVOR BROWNE

Sept. 2 WILLOW CANYON

Sept. 9 SOUTH MOUNTAIN

Sept. 16 at Shadow Ridge

Sept. 23 MOUNTAIN RIDGE

Sept. 30 at Alhambra

Oct. 7 at Tolleson

Oct. 14 KINGMAN

Oct. 21 at Millennium

Oct. 28 WESTVIEW

OUR ANALYSIS: Like the rest of Division 1 Section 1, the Monsoon have a major opportunity to grab one of three automatic playoff spots. The Monsoon open with four out of five games at home, including a Week 2 showdown against rival Willow Canyon. Westview, the overwhelming favorite to top this section, will give Valley Vista its toughest test in the finale. Mountain Ridge is another severe test. A three-game stretch follows against squads with a combined 4-26 record last year. Ultimately, how Valley Vista does against Willow Canyon and Millennium will determine if it earns its first playoff bid.

COACH SPEAK: “When all is said and done, we are pleased with our schedule. I think we have some very competitive games.  We kept our traditional games on the lineup. We face Willow Canyon again, but we’re also looking forward to the new Division 1 possibilities. That’s something that has not happened here before. We’ll play Mountain Ridge, Westview and Millennium, who are all traditionally very tough. In turn, that should make us more competitive, which is the goal. There is a lot of good football on the West Side and I think fans across the Valley are starting to see that.” — Jason Wilke.

WILLOW CANYON

Aug. 26 DEER VALLEY

Sept. 2 at Valley Vista

Sept. 9 at Kellis

Sept. 16 McCLINTOCK

Sept. 23 CENTENNIAL

Sept. 30 IRONWOOD

Oct. 6 at Kingman

Oct. 14 at Desert Mountain

Oct. 21 SHADOW RIDGE

Oct. 28 at Millennium

OUR ANALYSIS: Willow Canyon can move up too, as after Centennial Division II Section I is wide open. Deer Valley, Kellis, Ironwood and Millennium are in the same boat, and the competition between these schools should be interesting. Under the new scheduling system, Willow Canyon is one of the few West Valley squads to play a couple of East Valley foes. The annual battle for Surprise with Valley Vista continues. Centennial stops at Willow Canyon near the end of September to cap a tough five week stretch. The Wildcats catch a break after the Coyotes with a three-week span against teams with a combined 6-24 mark last year, before closing out with new next door rival Shadow Ridge squad and Millinnium.

COACH SPEAK: “Centennial didn’t start that way — they got that good seven our eight years ago. It could be a pretty tight race in the Northwest Valley. A lot of teams could have 7-3 records and be in the playoff hunt. Valley Vista was one we were going to keep under any system. Our kids are fired up to play Shadow Ridge.” — Michael Hudnutt.

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