VX Division I football rankings: 10/26
Updated VX Division I football rankings, as of Oct. 26: [compiled
by Mark Heller and Kyle Odegard]
10. Desert Mountain (4-5)
The Wolves hung around for awhile on Friday night against Desert Ridge but eventually fell, 55-41. Desert Mountain's defense couldn't stop Jaguars running back Taren Morrison, who finished with 315 yards rushing, a 99-yard kickoff return and three touchdowns. The Wolves have dipped under .500, but they did present a challenge to Desert Ridge and moves back into the top-10.
9. Highland (6-3)
The Hawks' five-game winning streak was snapped by Hamilton, 14-7. Highland led for much of the first half and the contest was tied late into the fourth quarter. The defense continues to play well, and even though Highland lost this one, hanging with Hamilton is a positive sign. Highland remains at No. 9 in the rankings.
8. Red Mountain (4-5)
The Lions cruised past Mountain View, 44-20, as they continue to prove they are a dangerous team despite a record under .500. Red Mountain moves up a pair of spots to No. 8 in the rankings and now is closing in on a first-round home game because its strength of schedule is so strong.
7. Horizon (7-2)
The Huskies dropped their second game of the year on Friday night to No. 6 Pinnacle. Horizon's offense showed it can put up points against a quality opponent, but the defense couldn't stop Pioneers standout Brian Lewerke. Despite the loss, the game was close throughout and Horizon remains at No. 7.
6. Pinnacle (7-2)
The Pioneers came up with a signature victory against Horizon. Everyone above Pinnacle won so it remains at No. 6 in the rankings, but defeating the explosive Huskies is a momentum-builder as the playoffs approach. Pinnacle has the same gaudy record as the past couple seasons, but there is little doubt this year's team is better-equipped to make a deeper tournament run.
5. Hamilton (7-2)
The Huskies had to work hard for it again but knocked off Highland on a late Tyrell Smith touchdown on Friday night. Hamilton has been good in close games, but it's a bit disconcerting it can't put away some of these opponents. The Huskies still have a lot of work to do to be considered one of the elite Division I teams and remain at No. 5 in the rankings.
4. Westview (9-0)
It wasn't a very good showing for Westview on Friday night, either, as the Knights had to hold off Goodyear Millennium, 21-14. Perhaps the Knights were a bit lackadaisical as they await the playoffs. The team is still undefeated with quality wins, so they get a pass and remain at No. 4.
3. Chandler (7-2)
Chandler had arguably the most impressive win Friday night, dismantling Basha, 49-7. The offense is in high gear and the defense dominated as well, which is a great sign moving forward. There was talk of moving up the Wolves to No. 2 behind Mountain Pointe, but they will stay at No. 3 for at least one more week.
2. Desert Ridge (8-1)
The Jaguars were in a close game with Desert Mountain for awhile before finally pulling away in the third quarter. Running back Taren Morrison bolstered his Player of the Year candidacy with 315 yards rushing and two touchdowns and a 99-yard kickoff return for a score. Desert Ridge remains at No. 2, but it would be nice to see it begin games a little better, because a slow start could be costly against better competition.
1. Mountain Pointe (9-0)
Mountain Pointe was idle on Friday night and remains the clear-cut No. 1 in the rankings.