3A football takes center stage in Blue Ridge v. Show Low

This game doesn’t have the glitz and glamor of the earlier match-up between 5A-I Hamilton High School and cross-town rival, Chandler High School.  That one was billed as ‘THE Game‘ […]

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    Now that we’ve hit Week 8 of the high school football season, the pretenders have been sorted out from the contenders and those left are beginning their push to the […]
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  • Week 8 in high school football has great 4A, 5A match-ups

    Now that we’ve hit Week 8 of the high school football season, the pretenders have been sorted out from the contenders and those left are beginning their push to the […]

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    A good grudge game is always a fun addition to any high school football schedule.  And this week we’ve got a couple that should be interesting. In 5A, mighty Hamilton […]
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  • Week 7 in HS football: a chance to settle some scores

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    A good grudge game is always a fun addition to any high school football schedule.  And this week we’ve got a couple that should be interesting. In 5A, mighty Hamilton […]

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    Believe it or not, there are other high school football games besides the super-hyped Hamilton vs. Chandler match-up scheduled for Friday night. It’s just that the brightest of the Friday […]
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    Lots of good HS football Friday… but ESPN is in Chandler

    Believe it or not, there are other high school football games besides the super-hyped Hamilton vs. Chandler match-up scheduled for Friday night. It’s just that the brightest of the Friday […]

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    One of the more interesting facets in high school football is observing how teenage players handle adversity.  Tomorrow night, there are numerous opportunities for teams to step up following huge […]
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    After setbacks, which HS football teams will bounce back?

    One of the more interesting facets in high school football is observing how teenage players handle adversity.  Tomorrow night, there are numerous opportunities for teams to step up following huge […]

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    The Arizona high school football season is moving into Week 5 and, at this point, the contenders start to separate themselves from the pretenders. Last week was the first week […]
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    High school football picture coming into focus

    The Arizona high school football season is moving into Week 5 and, at this point, the contenders start to separate themselves from the pretenders. Last week was the first week […]

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    The Arizona high school football season is only three weeks old and already three of the top five teams in 5A-I have fallen. And there were some great story lines […]
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    Shake-up in 5A-I football continues as No. 2 thru No. 4 fall

    The Arizona high school football season is only three weeks old and already three of the top five teams in 5A-I have fallen. And there were some great story lines […]

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    Another fish in the local football talent pool has eluded the Arizona recruiting nets.  This time, it was a really big one that got away. Brett Hundley, a four-star, dual-threat […]
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    Another football recruit slips away as Hundley picks UCLA

    Another fish in the local football talent pool has eluded the Arizona recruiting nets.  This time, it was a really big one that got away. Brett Hundley, a four-star, dual-threat […]

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    Arizona high schools accounted for nearly a third of the Associated Press’ just-released list of the 25 best football players in the West, filling a variety of positions on both […]
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    Arizona HS football players stock AP’s 25 Best in the West

    Arizona high schools accounted for nearly a third of the Associated Press’ just-released list of the 25 best football players in the West, filling a variety of positions on both […]

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    Bishop Gorman High School, Nevada’s big-schools state champion, took another shot at winning a game in the fifth annual Sollenberger Classic in Flagstaff over the weekend.  But Hamilton High School, […]
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    Gaels rule Nevada HS football, but can’t win in Arizona

    Bishop Gorman High School, Nevada’s big-schools state champion, took another shot at winning a game in the fifth annual Sollenberger Classic in Flagstaff over the weekend.  But Hamilton High School, […]

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    The topsy-turvy world of high school sports in the Arizona high country continues. Flagstaff High School just hired a new football coach – the fifth different head coach in six […]
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    High school coaching carousel continues to spin up north

    The topsy-turvy world of high school sports in the Arizona high country continues. Flagstaff High School just hired a new football coach – the fifth different head coach in six […]

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    On the edge of downtown Phoenix, Brophy Prep was hosting a high school 7-on-7 passing tournament last weekend, put together by the AIA in partnership with the folks at the […]
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    Marcos de Niza, Central HS win 7-on-7 passing tourneys

    On the edge of downtown Phoenix, Brophy Prep was hosting a high school 7-on-7 passing tournament last weekend, put together by the AIA in partnership with the folks at the […]

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    Six months is a long time to go between football practices.  That was evident during the weekend’s high school All-Star football games. And the Arizona desert heat in the middle […]
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    HS grads get one last chance at All-Star football games

    Six months is a long time to go between football practices.  That was evident during the weekend’s high school All-Star football games. And the Arizona desert heat in the middle […]

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    Everybody stood back and let the ‘monster’ do his thing.  Michael Bentley proceeded to bench press 185 lbs… 36 times! At 5’11” and 280 lbs., the Estrella Foothills HS junior […]
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    Young-uns sweat it out at underclassmen FB Combine

    Everybody stood back and let the ‘monster’ do his thing.  Michael Bentley proceeded to bench press 185 lbs… 36 times! At 5’11” and 280 lbs., the Estrella Foothills HS junior […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2009/12/one-final-look-at-the-2009-football-season-the-big-25/"></div>After the various first-team and second-team football selections have been made, it's time for the Arizona Football Coaches Association to select its "Big 25" team.  And this year, a couple of schools picked up the lion's share of selections.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2009/12/one-final-look-at-the-2009-football-season-the-big-25/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    One final look at the 2009 football season… the ‘Big 25’

    After the various first-team and second-team football selections have been made, it's time for the Arizona Football Coaches Association to select its "Big 25" team.  And this year, a couple of schools picked up the lion's share of selections.

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2009/12/no-surprise-hamilton-is-5a-i-state-champion/"></div>It's an old axiom that "offense fills the seats, but defense wins championships."  The Hamilton High School Huskies managed to take care of both ends of the equation in winning the 5A-I Arizona football championship.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2009/12/no-surprise-hamilton-is-5a-i-state-champion/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    No surprise – Hamilton is 5A-I state champion

    It's an old axiom that "offense fills the seats, but defense wins championships."  The Hamilton High School Huskies managed to take care of both ends of the equation in winning the 5A-I Arizona football championship.

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        Marcos de Niza HS put up the big stats in the first half, 213 yards of  offense and almost 15 minutes on offense, but it was the Chaparral HS Firebirds that held the state 5A-II football championship trophy at the end of the game.
        We expected the emotional factor would play heavily into the results last night, since the Padres have been stopped at the semi-finals for three of the past four years and finally had their chance at a state title.  Besides, they were coming off a huge win over nationally-ranked Centennial HS.
        But maybe they were too high coming into this game.  Marcos committed 16 penalties for 186 yards and coughed up the ball on two turnovers - one of which was a fumbled snap by QB Zach Schira in his end zone, quickly recovered by Chaparral linebacker Chris Fox for a touchdown. That was just the first score as the Firebirds began to turn the momentum after being down 7-0, as the Firebirds went on to a 34-21 win.
        Senior running back Dwayne Garrett led the Firebird charge with 107 yards, but it was sophomore QB Connor Brewer that controlled the outcome, going 6-for-9 for 147 yards and a score.  But it was his poise and composure under pressure that spelled the difference; he had zero turnovers.  On the other hand, Schira is a senior and we had expected that factor to be the edge for Marcos, but he finished the night completing less than a third of his passes for just 66 yards.
        We were looking for the upset Marcos win and, for the first half of the game, it still seemed likely.  But Chaparral played the kind of game it takes to win a championship... and Marcos de Niza regroups for still another try next year to bring home the trophy. 
        The Firebirds were playing in 4A-I last year, but the move up to 5A-I hasn't caused them to skip a beat, and they certainly proved they belong there.
        But the Padres don't leave the 2009 season empty-handed.  They had a school-record 12-1 mark, ended Centennial's 39-game win streak, and made it to the finals for the first time in 38 years.  Not a bad year.
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    Mistakes doom Marcos; Chaparral claims state 5A-II title

        Marcos de Niza HS put up the big stats in the first half, 213 yards of  offense and almost 15 minutes on offense, but it was the Chaparral HS Firebirds that held the state 5A-II football championship trophy at the end of the game.
        We expected the emotional factor would play heavily into the results last night, since the Padres have been stopped at the semi-finals for three of the past four years and finally had their chance at a state title.  Besides, they were coming off a huge win over nationally-ranked Centennial HS.
        But maybe they were too high coming into this game.  Marcos committed 16 penalties for 186 yards and coughed up the ball on two turnovers - one of which was a fumbled snap by QB Zach Schira in his end zone, quickly recovered by Chaparral linebacker Chris Fox for a touchdown. That was just the first score as the Firebirds began to turn the momentum after being down 7-0, as the Firebirds went on to a 34-21 win.
        Senior running back Dwayne Garrett led the Firebird charge with 107 yards, but it was sophomore QB Connor Brewer that controlled the outcome, going 6-for-9 for 147 yards and a score.  But it was his poise and composure under pressure that spelled the difference; he had zero turnovers.  On the other hand, Schira is a senior and we had expected that factor to be the edge for Marcos, but he finished the night completing less than a third of his passes for just 66 yards.
        We were looking for the upset Marcos win and, for the first half of the game, it still seemed likely.  But Chaparral played the kind of game it takes to win a championship... and Marcos de Niza regroups for still another try next year to bring home the trophy. 
        The Firebirds were playing in 4A-I last year, but the move up to 5A-I hasn't caused them to skip a beat, and they certainly proved they belong there.
        But the Padres don't leave the 2009 season empty-handed.  They had a school-record 12-1 mark, ended Centennial's 39-game win streak, and made it to the finals for the first time in 38 years.  Not a bad year.
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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2009/12/earlier-loss-to-hamilton-may-be-key-to-mesa-upset/"></div><img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/ftball2.jpg" width="131" align="left" border="0" height="122"/>    Hamilton High School is heavily favored to win tonight's 5A-I championship football game, by as many as three touchdowns according to some, and one of the obvious reasons has to do with the fact that the Huskies have already beaten Mesa HS, 43-22, in early November.<br/>    However, that may actually be one of the reasons the Jackrabbits have a shot at upsetting Hamilton's plans for a second consecutive state title.<br/>    Mesa was beaten earlier in the season by region powerhouse, Brophy Prep - and then came back to turn the tables on the Broncos in the state quarterfinals, holding the Broncos to just 3 points. The question is, can the Jackrabbits build a game plan, based on what they learned in the first loss, to contain Hamilton's two 1,000-yard running backs, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Zach Bauman</span> and <span style="font-weight: bold;">Michael Allen</span>?<br/>    But Hamilton will make its own adjustments, something the Huskies have had to do already this season.  They beat Chandler HS earlier in the season, 24-20, and then came back in the semi-finals to make it 2-for-2 with a 49-21 win over the Wolves, to earn the title shot again.<br/>    Tonight's game will be like a chess match, as each team tries to make the right moves.  Hamilton brings in the offensive firepower that has piled up 615 points this season, while Mesa tries to counter with a stiff defense that has held opponents to a touchdown or less in seven games.<br/>    Hamilton will likely get to check mate first, but Mesa is a team playing against the odds, with nothing to lose and everything to gain.  And those are always the most dangerous kinds of opponents.<br/><a href="http://www.phxfan.com/articles/252/1/Earlier-loss-to-Hamilton-may-be-key-to-Mesa-upset/Page1.html"><span style="font-style: italic;">(click here to comment on this article)</span>    </a><br/><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2009/12/earlier-loss-to-hamilton-may-be-key-to-mesa-upset/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Earlier loss to Hamilton may be key to Mesa upset

        Hamilton High School is heavily favored to win tonight's 5A-I championship football game, by as many as three touchdowns according to some, and one of the obvious reasons has to do with the fact that the Huskies have already beaten Mesa HS, 43-22, in early November.
        However, that may actually be one of the reasons the Jackrabbits have a shot at upsetting Hamilton's plans for a second consecutive state title.
        Mesa was beaten earlier in the season by region powerhouse, Brophy Prep - and then came back to turn the tables on the Broncos in the state quarterfinals, holding the Broncos to just 3 points. The question is, can the Jackrabbits build a game plan, based on what they learned in the first loss, to contain Hamilton's two 1,000-yard running backs, Zach Bauman and Michael Allen?
        But Hamilton will make its own adjustments, something the Huskies have had to do already this season.  They beat Chandler HS earlier in the season, 24-20, and then came back in the semi-finals to make it 2-for-2 with a 49-21 win over the Wolves, to earn the title shot again.
        Tonight's game will be like a chess match, as each team tries to make the right moves.  Hamilton brings in the offensive firepower that has piled up 615 points this season, while Mesa tries to counter with a stiff defense that has held opponents to a touchdown or less in seven games.
        Hamilton will likely get to check mate first, but Mesa is a team playing against the odds, with nothing to lose and everything to gain.  And those are always the most dangerous kinds of opponents.
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