Front Runner- Saguaro
I don’t think anyone will second guess this pick. The Sabercats are loaded.
The Scorpions lose a ton of talent but the cupboard isn’t bare. They have a massive OL, a very talented young RB in Roshaun Johnson and one of the top coaching staffs in the state.
Coming off an 11-3 year and a state title game appearance, QC has the pieces in place to make another run, led by 2,300 yard rusher Weston Barlow.
WF quietly has been one of the best teams in the state. A close loss to Queen Creek kept them out of the title game last year. Coach Campbell has a talented roster, poised to make a title run.
In The Mix
The Cobras have too much talent to go 6-5 again. They have a giant offensive line, talent at both RB and QB, and always play tough defense. I think Cactus is a team that people are overlooking headed into 2014.
Canyon del Oro
The Dorados surprised everyone last year. After going 4-6 in 2012, they went 10-2 last year, losing a close game to Williams Field in the quarters. They lost a lot of firepower but are strong in the trenches.
Head coach Jay Campos has some great talent at the skill positions.
Sleepers- Tempe, Higley, Sunrise Mountain, Catalina Foothills, Peoria
Questions: Is Saguaro the best team overall in the state at any level? First it was Sawyer Lung, then Anthony Hernandez, can Tehran Thomas put up the same crazy numbers at Desert Edge? Can Weston Barlow top 2,000 yards for a second straight season? Peoria had a crazy run last year, can they do it again?
2. Queen Creek
3. Williams Field
4. Desert Edge
7. Canyon del Oro
9. Sunrise Mountain
10. Catalina Foothills
D3 Preseason All-State
QB- Emanuel Gant - Tempe
RB- Weston Barlow – Queen Creek, Antwain Marlowe - Washington
TE- Josh Marquez - Greenway
DB- Byron Murphy – Saguaro, Colten Audsley – Bradshaw Mountain, Shannon Burton – Moon Valley, Marquis Chamblee - Sabino
AP- Kamron Johnson - Saguaro
Ret- Fayvon Irelan – Independence
K- Blake Ruiz – Williams Field
P- Trent Gilbert - Higley
Player of the Year: Christian Kirk – WR/DB SaguaroCoach of the Year: Larry Fetkenhier - Cactus