The first year I remember following high school football throughout an entire season was 1992; my folks had decided to have the Phoenix Gazette (yup...) delivered on the weekends, and remember following the comings and goings in the state's prep football scene through that and the early predecessor to Friday Night Fever (which was essentially an extended sports segment). This was an interesting year for a kid to decide to follow the sport in Arizona as there were several utterly insane happenings that took place-Mesa coach Jim Rattay started the year with two eyes and ended it with one (the inverse happened to his state championship ring count), the 5A ranks best squad fell to a team that they had waxed earlier in the year during the first round of the playoffs, and the year ended with an all-out brawl at the end of a 5A title game that featured now-prominent names like Joe Germaine and Robert Holcombe. This was also the first year of varsity play for now-powerhouse programs Centennial and Mountain Pointe.
With that said, this got me researching (via azfootballarchives.com) some of what I remembered about that year and my focus fell on the Greenway Demons of that year. In 1992 I had a passing interest in the green and gold-while my family lived in Peoria there was a desire to get onto horse property, and one of the strong candidates to accomplish that goal was Sunburst Farms (thus I understood that there was a chance that I could become a demon). As it turned out 1992 was a benchmark year for Greenway, as they ran-through 12 straight opponents (closest game was decided by 14 points) and their 35-3 dismantling of district rival Washington in week nine (a battle of 8-0) squads had Greenway firmly entrenched as the Phoenix area's top contender for 4A state honors. A semifinal rematch versus that Washington squad was all that stood in Greenway's way of setting up a state title showdown between the pride of Tucson at Sabino or defending state champion Agua Fria. Shockingly enough Washington dispatched of Greenway just as easily as they had been swept aside a few weeks earlier (Rams won 29-0), and Sabino would go on to win their second state title in three years.
As for Greenway, things got really weird from there, as the semifinal game against Washington would become the first loss of what would be a stretch of 17 straight losses for the Demons that would not end until week eight of the 1994 season. That being out there, I ask the question-what happened that transformed a likely state title favorite into a program that would go nearly two years before winning another game? I'm hoping some guys who might have a few years on me can shed some light on this, and am curious if anyone else has any similar musings they've always wondered about.