In 1A, the same cast of characters will be the favorites. Bagdad, Superior, and Mogollon probably preseason #1/#2/#3. St David will receive some pre-season love. I would expect Joe City to be improved. Williams will probably be a top 5-10 team.
In 2A, Santa Cruz will be loaded as they return almost their whole team. Joy will re-load. SCA graduated a lot, but they should be able to reload and be a factor. I hear Arizona Lutheran is probably 2 years away. Next year we might see an even further drop off from them. Round Valley should be a factor for sure. You would figure that TPA will not be what they have been. Not sure what teams like Benson, Bisbee, and Miami have coming back..
Sedona will be trending down now that they aren't playing a bunch of reservation schools all season. They graduate their BEST lineman by far and the ONLY 3 true skill players that they had, including their jump-ball receiver who had 19 TD's. They will struggle to score points or stop anyone else, as they did versus Paradise Honors, Chino Valley, and Monument Valley this past year. I mean Chino Valley was TURRIBLE (to quote Sir Charles), and they whipped Sedona.
I predict that Sedona is headed back to their 2006 thru 2010 years...good news for Camp Verde!
Joy Christian and SCA will be tough to beat next year. Joy loses their best players, but there's talent waiting. SCA graduates 17? seniors but are well coached. ALA has some young talent and might be better than expected. PC may be about the same.
For D-6/1A, or whatever it will be called this year...
I agree with Metro. Bagdad, Superior, Mogollon, Williams, and St. David should be the top dogs. We'll see some good battles very early in the season with SD traveling to Mogollon and Superior within the first three weeks.
But Dodger, I don't think Tyler Davis will be playing football this season. He just got married.
For D-5/2A, we might see a public school winner! Santa Cruz and RV should be preseason favs. Benson will need a QB, but they'll have two very strong RB's and should have a solid defense. Thatcher returns and should be strong competitors. Can't discount the usual privates/charters, though. JC should be able to reload, right? SCA should be solid. Is Am Leadership moving up?