SportZine's 2009 High School Football Preview

    Stuewe also points to others who will be integral to this year’s success:  Marquis Levy, running back/linebacker; Misael Felix, 235 lb. tackle; Andrew Wilkins, quarterback/free safety; and Jordan Schulze, 6’2″ wide receiver.
    He’s also high on a couple of new players to the program, transfers Koal Grandy, who will play tackle and defensive end, and Dylan Laing, a tight end and linebacker.
                                     Maryvale High School
    Another team unable to boast any wins from last year is the Maryvale Panthers, who went 0-10 in the 2008 campaign.  But head coach, Patrick Rowe, sees better things in store for 2009.
    “We think we can be pretty good,” says Rowe.  “We had good spring and summer workouts; we averaged 50-55 a day.  Our offensive line is big, athletic, and physical.”
    On the down side… “Our skills guys are young and inexperienced… and depth, or lack thereof, is always a concern for us.
    “We think if our offensive and defensive lines stay healthy, we’ll be fine.  (They) have taken ownership of this team and they won’t accept anything but the best.  It’s nice to see.”
    Returning starters for the Panthers include: Hector Medina, a 300-lb. lineman who goes both ways; Edwin Garcia, another lineman who is almost as big at 240 lb; and linemen Alfredo Soto, Ruben Reynoso, and Adrian Lopez.  All are seniors except for Lopez, a junior.  Rounding out the returning starters is junior quarterback, Devante Stokes.
    Rowe adds a trio of players he says are worth keeping an eye n this year: LaDale Horton, a senior wide receiver and defensive back; Ricky Aldrete, a junior running back and corner back; and Saul DeLeon, a 200 lb. sophomore linebacker.
                                   Deer Valley High School
    The Skyhawks head coach, Sven Christianson, says he expects his team to be “very competitive” in region play and in the 5A-II state play-offs as well.  He’s planning on improving on last year’s 5-5 record and third-place finish in region.
    “We have a great returning core of players and some good additions from the lower levels,” he points out.  “We should have a solid running game with a competitive passing attach to match.  Defensively, we have some young players, but have high expectations of their performances.”
    Returning starters that will play key roles for the Skyhawks this season include a cadre of 13 players.  On offense: seniors Branden Witkowski, QB; Jon Green, receiver; running back Hayden McClellan; linemen Kyle Jervis and Kyle Muse; Jacob Doyle, QB/Receiver.  Also, junior lineman,  Travis SeefeldtOn defense: Witkowski at strong safety, as well as seniors Derek Stevens and Scott Brueckner at the ends; Jared McNiel at tackle; DeAndre Daniels at linebacker; and defensive backs David Winkfield and Erik Sanchez.
                              Sunrise Mountain High School
    The Mustangs are another one of those teams that struggled last year, finishing 1-9 and 5th in their region.  But that was when they were in 5A competition.  This year, they’ve moved down to 4A-I, where they will compete in the West Valley Region.
    And head coach, Will Babb, feels that has created some new excitement about this coming season.  They also will benefit from having senior leadership in some of the skill positions.
    Returning starters for the Mustangs include: seniors Preston Brooksby (OL/DL); Tyler Brown (LB); Taylor Haines (WR/KR); Scott Nichols (RB/DB); Jordan Michael (LB/TE); and Ricky Gray (OL/DL).  Add to that a pair of juniors: Josh Castro (RB/DB) and Shane Johnson (LB/OL).