Well, the first round of the division V playoffs is in the books and we know a few more things then we did last week: 1. Tempe Prep is the hottest team in the state right now. But can they go on the long journey to the Dome and topple the Elks? 2. Pusch Ride Christian is better than advertised. Can they keep up with the ALA double wing and passing game? 3. Joy Christian is a scoring machine. 4. Thatcher has righted the ship.
So, now with the defending champs sitting on the couch, who is the team to beat. Is it the untested Elks from Round Valley? Is it the Knights from Tempe Prep who have won 8 in a row and shut out a NWC program who hadn't been shut out in over 5 years? Is it Yuma Catholic?
This next round is going to have some great matchups. Here are my picks.
Yuma Catholic Vs. St. John's- YC by 21 PRCA Vs. ALA- ALA by 14 Tempe Prep Vs. Round Valley- Round Valley by 7 Joy Christian Vs. Thatcher- Joy by 14
I think your picks are correct however I would put the spread of the ALA win by 20+ and Round Valley is gonna beat Tempe Prep by more than 7. Tempe Prep has been better than expected but I gotta be realistic.
I am still on the RV bandwagon. Thinking they are the favorite this year. JMO My team is out of it so I can pick freely.
What do you mean when you say "you have to be realistic"? Round Valley is good but untested. Tempe Prep has played the toughest small school team in the state in Showlow and since a 28-0 loss to NWC, raddled off 8 in a row, including a shut out win over NWC. All signs point to an all out war, great game, and definitely no obvious favorite.
You may be correct, it might be a war, and Tempe Prep might just shock some people. The other side of the coin says that 7000 ft elevation and a great home field advantage in the dome might have some effect on the game as well.
While RV has had a weaker schedule than years past, I believe they have played SJ, Winslow, and Morenci, Williams. That's 4 playoff teams, 2 of them still alive, and Winslow might be a little better than given credit, considering they are in the top 8 in D4. So they had 6 weak sisters, the results against the other 4 teams seem legit. So throw out the other games and judge them by those 4 and what they did to Benson--I believe that game was 48-0 with 10.52 left in the 3rd qtr.
Good point Sprinkler. I think Round Valley is the favorite in this one but not by much. Knocking off the defending champs, who had just beat YC by 12 has to do something to a teams confidence, and young men with confidence can do great things. I am sure both teams are extremely confident. I think it will be a relatively low scoring affair with the team with fewer turnovers winning the game. I think the winner of this game will go to the State Championship in two weeks and face Yuma Catholic.
Joy Christian needs some love on this board!!! Everyone seems real high on tempe prep, but 2 weeks ago they barely hung on and beat Scottsdale prep by 1 point... Joy just hung 76 pts On scottsdale last week .... Joy Christian is for real. They are a scoring machine... Very fast, very athletic! Thatcher versus joy will be a slugfest!!!!!!!
I spoke to Joy's offensive firepower in a previous post. It is very impressive. Their offense is top notch, but I don't think their defense is championship caliber. Scottsdale Prep's defense is very unorthodox. They are a poor defensive team. I think Joy putting up 35 on thatcher is a more realistic point total to expect from here on out. I think Joy will get by Thatcher this week, but their weak defense will catch upon with them against Yuma Catholic in the semis. YC can score a lot, and the have a solid defense. I say it will be Yuma Catholic and the winner of Roud Valley vs Tempe Prep in the final.
Regardless, it has been a great run for Joy. They are a solid team, especially considering it is their first year in 11 man.
Joys defense gives up 16 pts a game this year!!!! I was at the thatcher game earlier in the year, and Honestly the score could have been worse!! Joy defense only gave up 115 yards rushing to thatcher and 60 of it was on 1 play..this is the Same thatcher team that beat Yuma catholic!! Thatcher is legit, and it will be a great game! Heath motes is a beast and is incredible with the Ball in his hands!! Always hard to beat a team twice in a season! That late season loss by Yuma to an average NWC team is very interesting!!!! My guess is Joy versus round valley in the final!!!! Will be an Absolute slugfest and anyone could take it!! One things for sure, we are in for some exciting Games this week!!!
RV- nephew playing and old hometown SJ- probably crazy but gotta with a mnt team over private JC- because everyone said they would be nothing coming from 8man ALA- because PR beat Bagdad in the baseball playoffs last year
On another note: every time an 8 man team moves up to 11 man it's the same thing: " they were 8 man they can't compete with the big dogs". It was only 4 years ago possible 3 that Bagdad was putting a whupping on both Tempe prep and Joy. The last two years Joy was just too good. My point is we shouldn't say or believe that 8man isn't good or real football. They just typically don't have the numbers to field an 11 man team. Now I know I am obviously biased because my boys play 8 man.
I think round valley hangs 40 + on tempe prep and might give up 1 touchdown!!! RV is super athletic and much to fast for tempe.. Tempe has had a nice run, but it was against horrible teams ( northwest excluded) !!! Northwest was way down this year and there offense was completely Anemic... No playmakers
Another team that is totally underrated is pusch ridge.... I think they could beat ALA this week in a squeaker!!! Only loss was joy, and they had five turnovers in the game!!! They are big and athletic... RB is a stud!! Very fast
That average NW team had beaten Yuma Catholic by 12 8 days earlier, believe me, on any night, NWC could have won state. Also, Joy Christian lost by 25 to ALA. It was close for a half, but Joy's lack of depth caught up with them then and it will catch up with them again.
I think Joy is underrated. They are a top team, that is for sure.
You think Round Valley will put 40+ on Tempe Prep? That number must have been pulled out of a hat. Round Valley does not have the offensive scheme to score fast, especially on a defense like Tempe Prep. Like TP, Round Valley works the ground and pound until kingdom come. They just where teams down. Both teams are hot, both teams are physical, both teams have a defensive calling card. I think the winner of this game has the best defense in Division V.
Oh...and just FYI.....Tempe Prep played Show Low in week 2. They lost 38-0. If the Cougers from Show Low, a team that went toe to toe with WILLIAMSFIELD, can not put up 40+ on Tempe Prep, it is a pipe dream to think that Round Valley will. It will be a physical, relatively low scoring defensive battle.
Joy lost to ALA because they had multiple Injuries and 6 turnovers... Impossible to win a Game with a turnover margin like that ... Have you seen round valley play? I have!! They are monsters with incredible speed.. They gave up 6 pts per game this year !!!! Destroyed morenci 40-0 , most teams that scored On them were just garbage time touchdowns.. I am a fan of tempe prep, but they will get destroyed By round valley after there 5 hour drive.. I stick by my 40 -7 score... To be honest, Tempe could get shut out...there is a reason That tempe was a 12 seed... I saw there game against Scottsdale prep... Wasn't impressed !! Slow !! No team speed .. Northwest Christian was not Good this year... Anemic offense ... No speed.. Northwest almost lost to scottsdale prep, as Scottsdale had 2 you hdowns called back.. They had no chance of winning it this year
The only thing tempe has going for them is their run game .... The best thing about rv is there Linebackers and run stopping ability!! Morenci is a power running team also .. They couldn't scratch one point..