Football playoffs Round 1: new state record, 2OT thriller

Who says the first round of high school playoffs isn’t that exciting?  That certainly wasn’t the case in football last week.  In fact, the next round will have to go […]

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    When does a high school sports program become more about winning than just playing the game? How about when a football coach keeps his best players out of an important […]
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  • Saguaro’s 65-0 loss sends wrong signal for prep football

    When does a high school sports program become more about winning than just playing the game? How about when a football coach keeps his best players out of an important […]

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    As we wrap up the regular season of high school football, probably the most-anticipated game of the year was saved for last.  Saguaro High will meet Chaparral High on center […]
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  • Saguaro v. Chaparral isn’t the only football game tonight

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    As we wrap up the regular season of high school football, probably the most-anticipated game of the year was saved for last.  Saguaro High will meet Chaparral High on center […]

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    The raw excitement that is generated by high school football was spread across the state last night.   A heart-stopping upset of a ranked team in the final minute of the […]
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    New state rushing record & major upsets in prep football

    The raw excitement that is generated by high school football was spread across the state last night.   A heart-stopping upset of a ranked team in the final minute of the […]

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    Maybe someone should call up Greg Byrne, the Arizona AD, and suggest he might want to drag his feet a little as he searches for a new head football coach.  […]
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    Kish unveils ‘new’ UA football team with 48-12 UCLA win

    Maybe someone should call up Greg Byrne, the Arizona AD, and suggest he might want to drag his feet a little as he searches for a new head football coach.  […]

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    Who has the toughest job in college football this week?  Tim Kish certainly has to be a leading candidate for that dubious distinction. The used-to-be assistant coach at University of […]
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    Can Nick Foles lead ‘new’ Wildcats back from 1-5 start?

    Who has the toughest job in college football this week?  Tim Kish certainly has to be a leading candidate for that dubious distinction. The used-to-be assistant coach at University of […]

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    High school football rivalry games don’t always live up to the hype.   Rivalries have their up years and their down years. Week 8 of the 2011 season had several rivalry […]
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    Prep football rivalries in Week 8 fail to measure up

    High school football rivalry games don’t always live up to the hype.   Rivalries have their up years and their down years. Week 8 of the 2011 season had several rivalry […]

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    When Lee Corso reaches beneath the desk on the ESPN College Gameday set tomorrow morning to pull out the mascot head that represents his pick for the winner of the […]
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    Will GameDay’s Corso pick ASU over Oregon? Not likely

    When Lee Corso reaches beneath the desk on the ESPN College Gameday set tomorrow morning to pull out the mascot head that represents his pick for the winner of the […]

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    The University of Arizona football team is running out of excuses for its poor start this season.  And running out of time to turn things around. This afternoon’s 37-27 loss […]
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    UA football facing tough questions after 37-27 loss to OSU

    The University of Arizona football team is running out of excuses for its poor start this season.  And running out of time to turn things around. This afternoon’s 37-27 loss […]

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    By the time the high school football season gets to Week 7, it’s generally time to shake out the contenders from the pretenders. That scenario was playing out across the […]
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    Prep football Week 7: sorting out contenders & pretenders

    By the time the high school football season gets to Week 7, it’s generally time to shake out the contenders from the pretenders. That scenario was playing out across the […]

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    There’s something unsettling about Arizona State’s upcoming game with Utah.  It’s one of those games that can trip up a whole season. It’s one that is expected to go into […]
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    Utah, playing at home, could spell trouble for ASU football

    There’s something unsettling about Arizona State’s upcoming game with Utah.  It’s one of those games that can trip up a whole season. It’s one that is expected to go into […]

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    Mike Stoops can’t catch a break. His Arizona Wildcats were dealt a front-loaded schedule this season that included three Top 10-ranked teams in the first four games.  The result is […]
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    UA football puts up 41 points, but still loses to USC

    Mike Stoops can’t catch a break. His Arizona Wildcats were dealt a front-loaded schedule this season that included three Top 10-ranked teams in the first four games.  The result is […]

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    As the high school football season turns the corner into the second half, and we get a lot of the lopsided early-season match-ups in the rear view mirror, Week 6 […]
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    Hamilton vs. Chandler tops prep football menu in Week 6

    As the high school football season turns the corner into the second half, and we get a lot of the lopsided early-season match-ups in the rear view mirror, Week 6 […]

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    Maybe Arizona’s Pac-12 coaches need to institute a new policy that says players can’t return home until their full tour with their program is over. That might cut down on […]
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    UA’s Kevin Parrom is second gunshot victim this year

    Maybe Arizona’s Pac-12 coaches need to institute a new policy that says players can’t return home until their full tour with their program is over. That might cut down on […]

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    Vontaze Burfict got a little personal payback last night, while his Arizona State football team took out 11 years of frustration by finally beating an old rival. It was an […]
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    Defense shines, offense scores often…ASU beats USC

    Vontaze Burfict got a little personal payback last night, while his Arizona State football team took out 11 years of frustration by finally beating an old rival. It was an […]

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    Tomorrow’s game against Oregon is just the fourth game on the 2011 football schedule for the University of Arizona, but it could be the tipping point of the season. The […]
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    It’s not October yet, but UA football already in crunch time

    Tomorrow’s game against Oregon is just the fourth game on the 2011 football schedule for the University of Arizona, but it could be the tipping point of the season. The […]

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    We’ve only finished Week 4 of the high school football season, but there was no doubt that at least two of the top-ranked teams in the big-school divisions were about […]
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    Prep football Week 4: rearranging top big-school rankings

    We’ve only finished Week 4 of the high school football season, but there was no doubt that at least two of the top-ranked teams in the big-school divisions were about […]

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    All three of Arizona’s Division I football teams played yesterday, and the result was the same across the board.  Not a win in the bunch. Arizona State can’t keep from […]
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    A tough weekend for Arizona’s D-I football teams

    All three of Arizona’s Division I football teams played yesterday, and the result was the same across the board.  Not a win in the bunch. Arizona State can’t keep from […]

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    The Fighting Illini may be just the next step for Arizona State football as the Sun Devils work their way through a schedule they hope will lead to a bowl […]
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    USC is coming up, but ASU can’t look past 2-0 Illinois

    The Fighting Illini may be just the next step for Arizona State football as the Sun Devils work their way through a schedule they hope will lead to a bowl […]

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    The memory of that huge upset of a Top-10 opponent about this time last year has begun to fade for Arizona football fans, replaced by more recent memories of failed […]
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    Second loss to OK State renews doubts about UA football

    The memory of that huge upset of a Top-10 opponent about this time last year has begun to fade for Arizona football fans, replaced by more recent memories of failed […]

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    Say what you want about last week’s walk-over football openers against inferior opponents, but this week Arizona and Arizona State are sticking their chins out against ranked opponents. Which is […]
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    ASU football goes all-black, UA goes to Okla for must-win

    Say what you want about last week’s walk-over football openers against inferior opponents, but this week Arizona and Arizona State are sticking their chins out against ranked opponents. Which is […]

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    Size does matter.  But it doesn’t always determine the outcome in athletic competition. And that includes high school football. Thanks to the re-alignment implemented by the Arizona Interscholastic Association last […]
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    Mismatches begin under new AIA football re-alignment

    Size does matter.  But it doesn’t always determine the outcome in athletic competition. And that includes high school football. Thanks to the re-alignment implemented by the Arizona Interscholastic Association last […]

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    How meaningless were this year’s football season openers for Arizona and Arizona State?  As usual, that’s not a difficult question to answer. Arizona State padded its season record with an […]
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    Blow-outs in ASU, UA football openers don’t mean a lot

    How meaningless were this year’s football season openers for Arizona and Arizona State?  As usual, that’s not a difficult question to answer. Arizona State padded its season record with an […]

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    The lights on Scottsdale’s high school football fields have been flickering somewhat as this season gets rolling, as some of the community’s normally top-ranked teams deal with unexpected adversity. Or […]
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    Scottsdale high schools trying to find their football mojo

    The lights on Scottsdale’s high school football fields have been flickering somewhat as this season gets rolling, as some of the community’s normally top-ranked teams deal with unexpected adversity. Or […]

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    High school football in Arizona is getting college-like exposure, as Fox Sports Arizona will cover 15 games this season, between live telecasts and webcasts. And that doesn’t include the Division […]
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    Webcast fails, but fans miss little in Basha rout of Corona

    High school football in Arizona is getting college-like exposure, as Fox Sports Arizona will cover 15 games this season, between live telecasts and webcasts. And that doesn’t include the Division […]

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    In Tempe, the crowd of fans on hand last weekend for Arizona State‘s final football scrimmage and meet-the-players opportunity was estimated at between 2,000 and 3,000 of the faithful. But […]
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    Scrimmages give fans final look at ASU, UA football hopes

    In Tempe, the crowd of fans on hand last weekend for Arizona State‘s final football scrimmage and meet-the-players opportunity was estimated at between 2,000 and 3,000 of the faithful. But […]

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    Tomorrow, two of Arizona’s best high school football teams will try to preserve the state’s perfect record in the 6th annual Sollenberger Kickoff Classic. For the past four years, the […]
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    AZ bragging rights at stake at Sollenberger Kickoff Classic

    Tomorrow, two of Arizona’s best high school football teams will try to preserve the state’s perfect record in the 6th annual Sollenberger Kickoff Classic. For the past four years, the […]

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