Eighth-ranked Gilbert High School began the football season with a two-quarterback battle. That competition has come in handy for the Tigers.
Last week, starter Aaron Webster was the only quarterback available and this week Golden Goodman will be the lone available signal caller with varsity experience.
Gilbert coach Jesse Parker said both players have taken turns serving one-week school suspensions. He would not elaborate on the reasons for the suspensions. Webster played last week at Tucson Salpointe, scoring one touchdown and passing for another.
Goodman, who served his suspension last week, will start tonight against Phoenix Camelback while Webster is out.
Gilbert also is a little banged up one week before starting 5A Fiesta Region play. Defensive backs Marcus Reyes (separated shoulder) and Mark Gonzales (knee) were hurt last week at Salpointe. Linebacker Tyson Bailey missed the Salpointe game and is out tonight with a sprained ankle.
Tonight's Mountain View-Red Mountain game will get some national exposure when highlights of the game are shown during ESPN2's college football broadcast of the Oregon-Utah game.
Mountain View and Red Mountain have combined for the last four 5A football titles. The Toros are ranked No. 1 in 5A and Red Mountain is No. 7. Mountain View is also highly ranked in several national prep football polls.
Red Mountain is beginning to show some wear and tear. Starting linebacker Nathan Sare is out with a broken hand and wide receiver Jake Johnson has a knee injury and won't play. Defensive lineman Adam Helton also has a sore neck and is questionable, coach Jim Jones said.
"Not a good time to be missing three starters," Jones said.
CORONA DEL SOL
In 17 years as the coach at Corona del Sol, Gary Venturo never was involved in a game like last week's four-overtime, 55-54 loss to Phoenix Alhambra.
It was the most overtimes in Arizona since Desert Vista defeated Mountain Pointe, 38-35, in five overtimes in 2000, said Barry Sollenberger, the Arizona Interscholastic Association's sports information director.
The score was tied at 24 heading into overtime. Both teams scored a touchdown and converted a two-point try in each of the first three overtimes. But Corona failed on its two-point try in the fourth overtime, opening the door for Alhambra's victory
"It was a great game for a spectator, but for us it was heart-wrenching," Venturo said.
Already suffering from four straight losses, now Life School is also losing a home game.
Life School was originally scheduled to host North Pointe Prep on Saturday at Apache Junction, but the game was cancelled after North Pointe dropped its football program due to a lack of players.
The Lightning must travel tonight to Mayer to face 1A Orme School, which had an opening on its schedule and agreed to play 2A Life School on short notice.
Having a bye usually gives injured players a chance to heal. Unfortunately for Scottsdale Christian, the opposite happened last week.
During their week off, the Eagles learned they lost the services of Richard Ramsay. The junior receiver/cornerback broke his hand during the summer and played in a cast in Scottsdale Christian's first four games. But Ramsay, who also plays basketball for the Eagles, elected to have surgery on his hand, ending his football season.
"It hurts not having him," coach Jeff Fox said.
Ramsay, who has only one arm, scored three touchdowns in the Eagles' first two contests.
After a warm-up game against Phoenix South Mountain, Horizon played a pair of tough non-region contests against Peoria and Mountain Pointe, losing both by double digits.
No worries, though, it appears for the Huskies. They kicked off Desert Valley Region play with a 30-10 win over Phoenix St. Mary's in what coach Keith Brown said was his team's best all-around game of the season.
Brown said he thought the early non-region losses forced his young team to focus on winning the region to make the playoffs.
"If you stub your toe a couple times (in non-region play), you have to suck it up and get ready to win in region," Brown said.
That focus will be tested tonight when the Huskies play host to No. 9 Phoenix North Canyon, 35-28 victor over defending region champion Paradise Valley last week.
Quarterback Darren Mougey is on pace to throw for more than 2,000 yards in the regular season.
Through five games — all wins — Mougey has completed 51-of-80 passes for 1,020 yards, an average of 204 yards per game. If Mougey continues that pace, he will throw for 2,040 even before the playoffs begin.
Quarterback Jimmy Bevell, a three-year starter, blew out a knee two weeks ago but is throwing passes as hard as ever at practice — in street clothes.
Bevell can't play anymore this season. His injured knee will be surgically repaired Oct. 15. He has recovered enough, though, already that he can move around on his injured leg quite well. Bevell just can't take a hit on it.
Junior Shawn Lyons has taken over for Bevell.
- Les Willsey, Matt Simpson, |Brad Falduto and David Argabright contributed to this report.