The Hamilton football team is rolling, now up to six consecutive victories after an 0-2 start. The defense has allowed the second-fewest points in Division I and the Huskies are once again ranked No. 1 after recent wins over Desert Ridge, Chandler and Desert Vista.
The Hamilton offense isn’t overwhelming but should be able to control the line of scrimmage against the Bears defense, which should in turn lead to a decent point output. Basha has been up and down, and still has yet to put together a perfect game.
The Bears are lethal on offense at times, but have been prone to turnovers. It will be interesting to see how well Basha can compete if it curtails mistakes, because it still has one of the most balanced offenses in Division I.
But time is running out to be considered a contender. Can the Bears show something in this matchup?
Here are some other interesting storylines to follow in Week 9 of the high school football season.
Toros look to pull another upset
The Toros used a workmanlike effort to defeat Highland, 28-14, on Friday for their sixth consecutive victory, Mountain View captured an unlikely victory over Red Mountain two weeks ago, and an upset of No. 3 Mountain Pointe this week would be even more surprising. The Toros have shown the ability to throw the ball, and the return of leading receiver Clark Brown (ankle) will give quarterbacks John Clark and Chase Funk their big-play weapon. However, the Pride defense is one of the top units in the state and likely won’t bend much in this matchup. The flip side will be interesting, as Mountain View’s defense has been quite effective lately. Mountain Pointe has shown its ability to overpower teams on the line, and if it does so, this one won’t be competitive. But the Toros continue to get better, and if they can come up with some big plays, the Pride could be in for a scare.
Scottsdale playoff positioning
Chaparral is in an odd position. If the Firebirds lose to Horizon this week — a real possibility — they will be on the playoff bubble heading into the season finale against Saguaro. Chaparral clearly does not want to be in that position. Notre Dame is currently No. 17 in the power rankings and also on the bubble. It has a must-win game this week against McClintock. Desert Mountain and Pinnacle are safely in, but face off on Friday in a matchup of one-loss squads. Wolves quarterback Kyle Allen (back) should play, and the winner of this one has a very good chance of securing at least one home game in the postseason.
Bryce Kinsler aims for Class 4A passing record
It’s been a down year for Cactus Shadows, which heads into Friday’s matchup against Paradise Valley with a 2-6 record. Leading receiver Kyle Gladstone (concussion) is out for the rest of the season and the offense scored just six points last week in a loss to Notre Dame. However, the bright spot has been quarterback Bryce Kinsler, whose 8,229 career passing yards leave him just 84 away from breaking the 4A mark and 289 away from setting an all-time Arizona record. He could very well surpass both on Friday.