Prep football week 6: Teams at the top have settled in

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It looks like the early-season shake-out in the high school football rankings has finally settled in after six weeks of play, and the contenders have been sorted out from the pretenders.  Not a single one of the top five teams across all six divisions lost last week.

And in Division I, the perennial powers are planting their flags firmly atop the mountain.

Top-ranked Chandler High put 55 points on the scoreboard in defeating cross-town rival Basha High.  The 55-28 romp was over early as the Wolves jumped out to a two-touchdown lead before the first quarter ended.  They didn’t even need the 99-yard touchdown run from junior running back, T.J. Green, later in the game – but that run had to be the highlight of the game for the fans.

The Wolves are averaging almost 500 total yards per game (255 yds rushing/243 receiving) with a roster that is dripping with talent, making them one of the deepest teams in the state.  Their one loss out of seven games came at the hands of Nevada power, nationally-ranked Bishop Gorman High School.

Not to be outdone, No. 2-ranked Hamilton High hung 58 points on Perry High.  The Huskies, who are still undefeated at 7-0, dominated the Pumas with an offense that ran up 527 total yards.

Perry jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the celebration was short-lived as Hamilton put up the next 37 points en route to a 58-21 victory on the road.  The Huskies made it look easy against a team that came into the game averaging over 400 yards of offense and sporting a 4-2 record.

And No. 4 Centennial High rolled over Boulder Creek High School, 44-0, and No. 5 Desert Ridge High School coasted to a 46-22 rout of Mountain View High (Mesa).

That leaves the game that’s been tagged the “Ahwatukee Bowl” as perhaps the most interesting match-up involving a D-I top-5 team.  In a Thursday night game, No. 3 Mountain Pointe High School and Desert Vista High met in their annual rivalry game.

This one wasn’t decided until late in the fourth quarter when Mountain Pointe quarterback Jack Smith scored on a five-yard run to put the game out of reach with just 2:54 left to play, as the Pride wrapped up the scoring in the 28-14 victory that leaves them undefeated after six games.

The first few possessions of this game provided a glimpse of the way it would go through the first three quarters.  With Mountain Pointe’s first possession of the game, its senior running back, Macarius Blount, capped a five-play, 40-yard drive by scooting around the right side and into the corner of the end zone for the game’s first score.

But Desert Vista answered immediately when junior quarterback Nick Thomas located his target, Raymond Figueroa, who had beaten his defender.  The senior wide receiver pulled in the pass and went to the end zone for a 57-yard TD.  There were still over four minutes left in the first quarter and both teams had put points on the board.

That 7-7 tie turned into a 14-14 tie that carried into the first few minutes of the final quarter.

Smith was 8-for-11 passing and put up balanced numbers in the win, with 90 yards passing and 85 more on the ground.  Blount collected 156 yards rushing – which is actually a bit shy of his season average of 161 yards per game.

This has become a much-anticipated game on the schedule each season, but it’s getting hard to call it a rivalry when Mountain Pointe continues to win on a regular basis.  Desert Vista has lost the last four in a row.