VX Division I football rankings: 9/7
Updated Division I football rankings as of 9/7: [compiled by Mark
Heller and Kyle Odegard/Tribune]
10. Mountain View (2-0)
The Toros still haven't put it all together, but were able to eventually pull away in a 46-23 win over Surprise Valley Vista on Friday night. Clark Brown had 105 receiving yards and two touchdowns, an 85-yard punt return for a score and a rushing TD. John Clark threw for 187 yards and four scores. Mountain View sticks at No. 10 for now but will get a tough test against Highland on Thursday.
9. Desert Mountain (1-1)
The Wolves got back on track in Week 2 with an easy win over Notre Dame. The passing game behind Kyle Allen and Mark Andrews worked well, but perhaps more importantly, the running game was productive. The defense has been very good in the season's first two weeks, which should be a good sign moving forward. Desert Mountain remains at No. 9 in the rankings.
8. Basha (1-1)
The Bears fell into an 18-0 halftime hole against Centennial, and while they did rally in the second half, it was too much to overcome in a 32-17 loss. Coyotes running back Dedrick Young amassed 233 yards and four touchdowns on only 19 carries as Basha drops two places in the top-10 rankings to No. 8.
7. Brophy (1-1)
The Broncos fell to top-ranked Hamilton, 26-9, but it was a noble effort. Brophy was within 14-9 late in the third quarter before the Huskies put together two long scoring drives to ice the game. The Broncos' offense isn't nearly as explosive as last year, but quarterback Brian Woodward is impressive and the defense is tough. Brophy moves up one spot in the rankings for hanging tough against Arizona's best team.
6. Pinnacle (2-0)
The Pioneers had an easy time of it on Friday, defeating Goodyear Millennium 49-10. Pinnacle is now 2-0, and the season-opening win over Red Mountain now looks more impressive after the Mountain Lions went to California and hung tough against Westlake. Pinnacle moves up one spot to No. 6.
5. Westview (2-0)
The Knights won last Saturday in California and then returned home for an easy victory against Anthem Boulder Creek. The offense is averaging 57 points per game through the first two contests, but Westview will face a tough for on Thursday in Red Mountain. The Knights stick at No. 5 for now, but next week's matchup will tell us a lot more about both teams.
4. Chandler (2-0)
The Wolves have been one of the most impressive teams in the earlygoing. They easily beat Peoria Centennial in Week 1 and boatraced Sierra Vista Buena from the outset on Friday night. Star wide receiver Dionte Sykes is back from a broken hand, giving the offense yet another weapon. Chandler stays at No. 4 heading into Saturday's showdown against Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, one of the best teams in the country.
3. Desert Ridge (1-1)
Desert Ridge played well in a 28-22 season-opening loss to California power Gardena Serra, and didn't let down one bit against Gilbert on Friday night. Running back Taren Morrison was spectacular, carrying the ball six times for 257 yards and five touchdowns. The schedule is not very tough for the next few weeks, so Desert Ridge can coast a bit as it awaits the return of quarterback Tarek Morrison. The Jaguars remain at No. 3 in the rankings.
2. Mountain Pointe (3-0)
The Pride dominated Cesar Chavez from the get-go on Friday night, scoring 44 first-half points in an easy win. Mountain Pointe has another easy opponent this week against Maryvale, but then comes the gauntlet: Chandler, Hamilton, Desert Vista and Brophy. The Pride remain ranked No. 2.
1. Hamilton (2-0)
Brophy hung around on Friday night, but in the end Hamilton's defense and depth wore down the Broncos. Quarterback Sammy Sasso had a nice game, and the running game really turned it on in the fourth quarter to clinch the 26-9 win. Hamilton's offense isn't as explosive as some of the other top teams, but its defense is dominant and the team doesn't make many mistakes because it doesn't need to take a lot of risks. Hamilton stays at No. 1 heading into next week's matchup against Pinnacle.