34-20 San Tan Foothills over North Pointe... #2 for San Tan, Manny Armenta, was the difference maker in the game. #20 Colin Statt for North Pointe is a young man with a ton if grit and heart. North Pointe is going to win some ball games this season and San Tan will go as far as Armenta will take them.
Didn't see the BR/SJ game but I saw enough of BR last year to know that the downward spiral of that once great program would continue this year. I believe the 8-6 score against a pretty poor SJ team, who I saw play a scrimmage last week, is an indication of that. On a bright note for SJ, I think there is a better atmosphere around the program as a whole, than I have seen in a very long time. That said, the amount of work necessary to restore this team to a respectable level seems at this point to be a multiyear undertaking.
I did get to see the Show Low/Round Valley matchup last night. My perspective is that Show Low is a Senior dominated team, who I think might have the ability to be there in the end. They have a couple of flat out studs, and the Ricedorf kid at QB has improved immensely. Round Valley was a little better than I expected them to be, but were simply outmatched last night. Losing most of their offensive production last year, I figured scoring points would be an issue. Even though they did not score much, the skill position players are pretty good. Both the offensive and defensive lines need lots of work, maybe a top 4 team by the end of the year dependent on key injuries and the big guys up front. Round Valley is junior/sophomore dominated team, that could be really good beginning next year.
Didn't see the RV Show Low game but assumed it would be ugly for RV. Much like I expect the Joy Christian RV game next week. JC had some impressive speedsters at the State Track last year and if any are returning (receivers or backs) it could be a long night.
I was at the BR SJ game and here is my assessment:
BR started the game on a SJ fumble with great field position and then punched it in. Shortly thereafter SJ was caught in a safety. SJ already down 8-0 in the first 4 minutes of the game, and to SJ's credit their defense cinched up the boot straps and continued to hit BR and cause problems. BR never scored again. SJ offense is struggling mightily and they have a lot of work to do. They got rolling a bit in the second half. Their passing game in nonexistent.
BR line was not great but London seems to pull a lot out of not much size up front. BR LB's were good and caused SJ problems early on.
A bright spot for SJ was their defense. Down early the defense stepped up and forced BR offense to punts on several occasions and stopped BR in the red zone. Both teams shot themselves in the foot with penalties. I would say that BR owned the first half and believe it or not SJ actually dominated BR in the second half. SJ scored at the end of the 3rd and then tied it with a 2 pt conversion, unfortunately for SJ called back for holding.
SJ finally put some pressure on the quarterback after BR discovered they could make the SJ secondary pay. Lucky for SJ a few of those passes were overthrown.
Overall....a good showing for SJ in some regards. A game they could have actually won or tied (minus the call). For BR, not so much. I expect both teams to improve by season end.
My schedule shows a Joy Christian/RV matchup in a couple of weeks instead of next week. I hope that is right. I have not seen Joy Christian play football ever, but they are a favorite in D5 so I expect them to be a formidable opponent for RV. It will be an interesting early game, to see where D5 might eventually shake out. Is Show Low that good, or is RV not a contender?