looks like 5A-I is the division with the most interest this week, as
the top five football teams face challenges – with the possible
exception of a mismatch that will pit undefeated No. 4-ranked Mountain
Pointe HS against unranked Casa Grande HS that is coming off a 23-7
loss to Salpointe Catholic (Tucson) in a game that they weren’t able to
put points on the board until the fourth quarter. Mountain Pointe will
unleash Davon Jones, who ran for 216 yards and four TDs last week, and should win going away.
No. 1-ranked Hamilton HS should notch another win, but it will have to
work for it since Desert Vista made a good showing last week as they
held a lead on No. 4 Mountain Pointe at halftime, until Jones went to
work in the second half.
No. 2 Red Mountain HS (4-0) takes on
Mesa HS (3-1) in what should be a good game. Last week, Mesa came up
just a touchdown shy of beating No. 5 Chandler HS, coming from behind
thanks to a 63-yard TD run by Jaymen Green and losing on a late fourth quarter Chandler score by Devontae Kellybrew.
But the game to watch will be No. 2 Brophy Prep vs. No. 5 Chandler, both 3-1.
Brophy will be looking to right itself after losing last week to nationally-ranked
Centennial HS, the No. 1 team in 5A-II. The fact that the Broncos kept
the score to 24-12 against a team that has wn 30 straight and been blowing past its
competition is a testament to Brophy’s strength. But they will have to
find a way to contain Chandler’s dual-threat QB, Brett Hundley, who not only piles up the passing yards, but has run for more than 100 yards in each of the last two games he has started.
The 5A-II rankings remained unchanged from last week to this week, and that’s likely to be the pattern this week again – with the possible exception of the Westview HS vs. LaJoya HS game. Westview is coming off a bye week, while LaJoya was fine tuning its offense, scoring 41 pts and piling up 437 yards against Valley Vista HS. D.J. Hubbard carried 16 times enroute to a 240-yard night. But their defense will have to do a much better job against Westview, as it gave up 62 pts to lose that contest against Valley Vista.