It it is never too early......
I think that next season will be one of the most competitive seasons in a long time. It seems that a lot of teams have a lot coming back, and with another off-season of training, a lot of teams will be very solid.
YC: ABSOLUTELY LOADED from a skill position stand point. They have their QB back who was outstanding, a stud RB in Carter Rodriguez, and all of their wideouts back with exception to one. I think this team's dominance will depend on the new faces on the lineof scrimmage. Their offense will be prolific!
NWC: Starting QB and RB were just sophomores leading a team that beat the eventual champs in week 10. They will be more experienced with most of the offensive line coming back, and with that Coaching Staff, they will be in the thick of it in Division V.
ALA: Was very young at its skill positions this year and still made a run to the semis. With tons of guys coming back, including the duo of Haag and Cook, do not be surprised to see them in the finals.
Thatcher: All everything QB Heath Motes is coming back. With a good coaching staff and a team that could smell the State Championship game, this team be hungry and ready to make another run.
Tempe Prep: Have like upper twenties in returning Juniors and seemed to not have lost much in terms of graduation. Young backfield is all back, including #34 and #36. If they can find a way to make their offense half as good as their defense that shut out NWC for the first time in a decade, they could make a run with all these returners.
Round Valley: Returns QB and RB Ethan Workman (this kid is a beast). If they can expand their offense a little more, they can make another decent run.
My Preseason Rankings:
1. YUMA CATHOLIC
3. ROUND VALLEY
4. TEMPE PREP
5. NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN
7. JOY CHRISTIAN
8. PUSCH RIDGE CHRISTIAN
9. ST. JOHNS
10. SCOTTSDALE CHRISTIAN