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VX Predictions: Week 10

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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:38 pm

Saguaro at Chaparral

Saguaro coach John Sanders still may rest his key guys, in which case any analysis goes out the window. But if both squads are fully equipped, this game is going to be a lot of fun. It will feature the two most dynamic athletes in the state in Saguaro running back D.J. Foster (138 carries, 1,883 yards, 38 TD) and Chaparral's do-everything Davonte Neal (705 yards rushing, 553 receiving, 23 total TD). The team's quarterbacks are also elite, as Chaparral's Connor Brewer (105-of-168 for 1,721 yards, 27 TD, 4 INT) is gunning for a third straight state title this season, while Saguaro sophomore Luke Rubenzer (87-of-119 for 1,977 yards, 24 TD, 3 INT) leads the state in completion rate at 73.1 percent. Chaparral should have running back/linebacker Lucas Petrullo on the field for the first time since Week 1 aganst Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. There should be a ton of points in this one, as the defenses can't match up.

Prediction: Chaparral 45, Saguaro 41.

- Kyle Odegard

Queen Creek at Williams Field

The Bulldogs have had an impressive year, as Joe Germaine and the rest of his coaching staff has taken a new group of players and led them to an 8-1 record. Queen Creek has a good defense, led by linebacker Billy Gregoire, and is disciplined on both sides of the ball. It's the type of team that won't beat itself. Williams Field is also 8-1 and well-coached. The Black Hawks have amassed 3,094 yards on the ground compared to just 977 through the air. If the Bulldogs can slow down Williams Field running back Alex Howard, they can win this game. That, however, is easier said than done. He's the best player in this game and gives the Black Hawks the edge.

Prediction: Williams Field 28, Queen Creek 17.

- Kyle Odegard

Desert Vista at Chandler

This one is juicy, with Desert Vista at No. 3 in the power points and Chandler at No. 5. Both teams have explosive offenses and fast defenses. Who'll stop the other one? Who'll stop themselves with penalties or turnovers? Chandler's offense is a bit more prolific and dangerous than the Thunder, particualarly with Paul Perkins, and wideouts Lloyd Mills and Javon Williams. They'll go against the back seven of D.V. defense which is the Thunder's strength, but there's a lot of size and speed to contend with on the Wolves' roster. D.V.'s best chance is to run at Chandler's middle because the "fly sweep" plays into Chandler's strength with speed. Both teams will score points, but the Thunder's margin for error is a bit thinner.

Prediction: Chandler 35, Desert Vista 27

- Mark Heller

Brophy at Pinnacle

Pinnacle's bubble burst somewhat last week, as it blew a 21-point fourth quarter lead against Desert Mountain for its first loss of the season. The Pioneers are still in the top-4 in the power rankings, and could get as high as No. 2 with an upset win over Brophy. However, that's not happening. The Broncos are 9-0 on the year, with a 24-21 win over Avondale Westview on October 6 their only single-digit victory of the year. Pinnacle won't be able to contain Brophy quarterback Tyler Bruggman (105-of-180 for 1,811 yards, 28 TD, 1 INT) and the weapons - Devon Allen, Frederick Gammage, D'Amani Grayer - at his disposal.

Prediction: Brophy 35, Pinnacle 10.

- Kyle Odegard

Dobson at Gilbert

On a night full of big games and playoffs at stake, why predict this one when both teams are out of the playoff picture? For one, it's going to be close, as these two have hovered next to one another most of the season in power points. Second, the result of this game is, like many others, going to have a risidual affect on what happens inside the top 16, especially the No. 5 through No. 9 seeds. Dobson RB TJ Thomas suffered an ankle injury during last week's loss to Desert Vista, and it was painful. He limped around noticably after the game with his ankled wrapped in ice, but coach Alex Jacobson guesstimated he'd play this week. Toughness is not an issue with Thomas, but his effectiveness could be, and Dobson doesn't have many other offensive weapons.

Prediction: Gilbert 31, Dobson 17

- Mark Heller


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