Throughout the season I read many posts about "2A being down this year". I'm not exactly sure what folks were comparing to, and I have to admit I initially thought the same thing. Valley C. and Scottsdale C were supposed to be top teams this year, and both disappointed - one just lacked talent and the other just underachieved due to coaching. One huge loss of talent were the two Morgan's. Love'm or not, Jordan elevated the play of all 2A.
But to be a bit more scientific - or unscientific -, I took the power rankings for the last two years and lined them up across from each other (these are NOT SEEDS - but final power rankings) and took a guess as to who would win if they could play each other. I confess this is purely hypothetical, but it does make you think about the question: "is 2A down this year". I also confess to not knowing all the teams (espeicailly last year), but in my opinion the 2010 teams come out the winners in most matchups - by a wide margin.
It's interesting that I actually think the 2009 Northwest team had more talent (Hines twins), but I think the 2010 team would win out due to coaching and sheer determination (heart).
Conclusion, 2A is not down - in fact overall talent and level of play may be up! SCA and Valley C. are down and since they were pre-season top picks it feels like 2A is down. TPA, Thatcher, Williams, YC, ALA, Bourgade are up. SJ, NWC, Willcox, even.
I will be very interested in others thoughts on this topic
Ranking 2009 vs. 2010 Winner in bold
1 2009 Northwest vs. 2010 Northwest Christian
2 2009 Benson vs. 2010 Tempe Prep
3 2009 St. Johns vs. 2010 Yuma Catholic
4 2009 Pusch Ridge vs. 2010 Scottsdale Christian
5 2009 Yuma Catholic vs. 2010 Arizona Lutheran
6 2009 Scottsdale Chrs vs. 2010 Willcox
7 2009 Valley Christian vs. 2010 Pusch Ridge
8 2009 Red Mesa vs. 2010 Canyon State
9 2009 Willcox vs. 2010 Valley Christian
10 2009 Williams vs. 2010 Williams
11 2009 Camp Verde vs. 2010 St. Johns
12 2009 San Manuel vs. 2010 Bisbee
13 2009 Morenci vs. 2010 Camp Verde
14 2009 Thatcher vs. 2010 Thatcher
15 2009 Canyon State vs. 2010 Bourgade
16 2009 Arizona Lutheran vs. 2010 Miami