I alluded to putting together a list of the state's best high school football squads ever, and this is that list. Before we get started, here's some of the criteria I used:
-To make my list a team had to go undefeated during the season in question, against Arizona teams and otherwise. Things get way too subjective when you include teams that didn't run the table.
Some things are relative-a great team from years ago with a slate full of big-time out-of-state wins shouldn't be penalized because they don't match-up with modern squads. A list of who would beat who is a bit boring.
Some things aren't relative-you'll notice the complete lack of Saguaro teams on this list, and that's because they have never shown consistency beating larger schools. Dominance is great, but you have to show some capacity to be more than just an over-powering small school team.
...and with that, here we go:
1) 1970 Tucson Badgers
Finished ranked third in the nation and featured two Parade All-Americans, three 1000-yard rushers, and an offensive line of five future D-1 athletes. On pure athleticism this would be a strong team regardless of era.
2) 1930 Phoenix Union Coyotes
The only squad in state history to be named national champions the Coyotes featured a Notre Dame-bound quarterback that set a single-season state record for touchdowns scored and an end that would become a member of a national title squad at USC.
3) 1995 St. Mary's Knights
Set numerous passing game records while running the wing-t, and held the opposition to 75 points on the year. Quarterback and kicker were All-Americans and top 100 recruits per Athlon Sports.
4 ) 2002 Mountain View Toros
Perhaps the best defensive unit in state history, allowing just 34 points in 14 games. Also set a 5A record for points scored.
5 ) 2010 Hamilton Huskies
One of the state's best offensive lines ever, led by All-American guard Christian Westerman. Notched inter-state win over Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman and had three players rush for over 700-yards on the year.
More to come...