SCA loses a ton. Dont see them anywhere near #3 Joy has re loaded to fill there senior losses. If those kids can play up to the level of what they loat they will have a deep rum in the playoffs. They will shock a few of the old guard in D5.
Start with Northwest and Yuma Catholic and after that who knows? Scottsdale and Tempe Prep both lost bunches of starters, including their skill people. Morenci also had huge loses to graduation. Joy, moving up to 11 man and having to replace key people, will have to wait and see what they can do. Valley Christian was average last year, and their jv team was not very good either. Even Northwest will be rebuilding this year after losing lots of talented seniors. Could be a wide open year this year. can't wait for the fun to begin.
SJ football has been IMO regressing for many years. Since there are rarely if ever any move ins, you can watch the jr High level to kind of get an idea of what direction a program is headed. Add to that, some of your better athletes have just walked away from the sport in the last 5 or 6 years and you have a program that is clearly in decline. SJ has enough kids with ability left to be in the top 2 or 3 teams, but it depends greatly on who chooses to go out, and how you use that personnel. Currently the best athlete in the school plays TE, and touches the ball 2 or 3 times a game. That HAS to change. QB spot is wide open, UNLESS they get a kid to come back out who hasn't played in years. If they can get him out, and they make great personnel decisions, this can be a contender. They could have a huge, destructive backfield---but that means fruitbasket upset and change of thought process. Jr. Class has some really good athletes, with a couple of great ones in the Sr. Class. Line of Scrimmage will be a work in progress.
On the flip side of Programs on the decline or upswing, I think RV is on the upswing, and could be a few years away from being great. Saw both their Jr. High teams play and they were very good, maybe as good as I have ever seen from RV. Also have a great little league program. We will see if RV has the patience to let Mr. Bell reap the rewards of a program being built from the bottom up.
Yuma Catholic Northwest Christian St. John's Tempe Preo Thatcher Round Valley San Tan ALA VC SCA
The new schools coming up from 8 man will have their growing pains this year, including Joy. If they make the playoffs, it will be as a 12-16 seed. The jump from 8 to 11 man is a big jump. It seems clear that the top two should be NWC and YC. 3-6 could be switched around. I think that thatcher, the Johnies and Tempe Prep will be in the hunt as well. But don't be surprised if it is Yuma and NWC in the final.
Well so far we have... 1.YC-Top dog. 2.NWC-Have to be knocked off 3.Tempe Prep- ? 4. Thatcher- Can you say speed. Goes to YC & hosts Joy. 5. Morenci- Have studs replacing studs. Town is getting huge. 6. Round Valley- The Bells are for real no matter where they went to school. 7. ALA-? 8. SCA-? 9. Wilcox-? 10 St. Johns, VC, Joy-?
I think hsfbhero has a good list here. I would add Joy,as 10a and SCA as 11. Both Eagle teams may start a little slow but could finish well. --------------------------------------------- --- hsfbhero wrote:
I agree that ALA should be top ten. Maybe top 5. Here's my picks.
1. Yuma Cath 2. NWC 3. Tempe Prep 4. ALA 5. Morenci 6. Thatcher 7. Wilcox 8. St Johns 9. Round Valley 10.Valley Christian
Some of the new teams to D5 will make the playoffs, just don't think they deserve top ten ranking. Yet.
1. NWC (they reload - the best thing that ever happened to that school was Wahlstrom leaving - Verrado is figuring that out now. Inness would win at any level) 2. Yuma Catholic (also reload, lose stud RB and need to replace some kids up front - only reason they are my #2 - OL/DL replacements) 3. Morenci (good team that is tenacious and well coached - not a huge drop off this year) 4. Tempe Prep (Even though they lose some talent, it's another deep roster for D5 and will have strong senior class coming in) 5. ALA (always tough, put together for this year, but still can't come from behind) 6. Round Valley (they played Show Low, Blue Ridge & Snowflake last year - much easier schedule this time around & should take their section) 7. Valley Christian (motivated returning group) 8. San Tan Foothills (much easier schedule this year & should win section) 9. Thatcher (consistently competitive, but need a QB) 10. Scottsdale Christian (lost a ton up front, but can rebuild quickly in Scottsdale)