VX Division I football rankings
Updated Div. I football rankings, as of 8/31:
10. Mountain View (1-0)
It was a grind, but the Toros held on to defeat Anthem Boulder Creek, 24-19, in their season opener. Quarterback John Clark threw for 229 yards but the performance wasn't as clean as coach Chad Degrenier would have liked. Mountain View sticks in the top-10 but drops down one spot overall.
9. Desert Mountain (0-1)
It was a slow start to the season for the Wolves as they fell to Brophy, 13-6. Usually there is no shame in that, but the Broncos were replacing nearly all of their impact players from a year ago and Desert Mountain came in as the favorite. Quarterback Kyle Allen (pictured) threw for 257 yards but the offense didn't score until 10 seconds remaining in the game. Desert Mountain drops two spots in the rankings after the loss.
8. Brophy (1-0)
While Desert Mountain may have underwhelmed in the opener, Brophy opened some eyes. Even though standouts like Tyler Bruggman, Devon Allen, Clarence Clark, Marche Dennard, Robert Relf and Andrew Curtis had to be replaced from last year, the Broncos fared just fine to jump into the rankings at No. 8. The defense did a great job and the special teams blocked two field goal attempts and a punt and scored a touchdown in the 13-6 victory.
7. Pinnacle (1-0)
The Pioneers made a statement in its opener, defeating a tough Red Mountain team. Brian Lewerke threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start while running back Josh Hoekstra (pictured) had 149 yards and a score. It was a great start and the Pioneers move up a spot in the rankings.
6. Basha (1-0)
Basha quarterback Zach Werlinger (pictured) was on his game in the season opener, throwing four touchdown passes in a 41-17 victory over Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley. A good all-around effort from the Bears as they proved some key losses from a season ago shouldn't be a huge hindrance in 2013. The Bears stick at No. 6 with the win.
5. Westview (1-0)
The Knights faced off with a team with the same name in San Diego Westview in the Brothers in Arms Classic. The offense was in midseason form as it led the team to a 55-41 victory. Westview remains No. 5 in the rankings with the victory.
4. Chandler (1-0)
The offense and defense both looked good as Chandler dispatched Peoria Centennial rather easily, 41-21, on Thursday night. Quarterback Bryce Perkins looked comfortable in his first career varsity start at the position. Running back Chase Lucas (pictured above) had a breakout game and is a potential star in the making. The Wolves remain at No. 4.
3. Desert Ridge (0-1)
Desert Ridge fell behind national power Gardena (Calif.) Serra by 21 points early in the second quarter on Saturday and it looked like the rout was on. However, the Jaguars battled back and trailed 28-22 with the ball late in the fourth quarter. Desert Ridge couldn't complete the comeback, but sticking close without quarterback Tarek Morrison was impressive. Despite the loss, the Jaguars stay at No. 3 in the rankings.
2. Mountain Pointe (2-0)
It was an easy matchup for the Pride as it rolled to a 69-0 victory over Phoenix North. Star wide receiver Jalen Brown only played a quarter but still finished with three receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Mountain Pointe is firmly entrenched at No. 2 in the Division I rankings.
1. Hamilton (1-0)
Hamilton was one of the final teams in Arizona to begin the season as it faced off against Eastlake (Calif.) on Saturday afternoon in the Brothers In Arms Classic. The Huskies jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead, and while Eastlake rallied in the second half, the 28-17 win was never really in doubt. All in all, an impressive way to start the year as Hamilton remains atop the Division I rankings.