Wick seems to be getting alot of pub... They lost about 90% of there offensive production from last year... They have poor secondary play... I don't understand it... I guess that Wickenburg name takes you places...
As a alum and supporter, it was just stupid to give them much chance with the schedule they faced. Losing to Parker almost certainly sealed their fate. Their upcoming schedule is:
Coolidge at River Valley at Yuma Catholic Shadow Ridge Dysart Tonopah Valley at Peoria Mohave at Estrella Foothills
I think Coolidge beats them handily, River is tough sledding on the road, YC beats them handily, and Shadow Ridge and Dysart just wear them down. I think if they win 1-2 of these games, they will have done well. Tonopah, Mohave, and EF are at least winnable, but Peoria is not. Best hope is 5-5 as of right now. Worst case I think they could lose 7 or more games if Gonzalo loses the confidence of the kids after the Parker loss.
I left very unimpressed by the offense last season and this season in Parker, their QB was 4-13 heading into the 4th QTR. The offense rushed for 60 yards in the game on 23 carries.
and, oh yes, the sweltering 113-degree game-time temperature on parker high school’s football field was extremely uncomfortable, too.
so the miserable part about friday night was watching wickenburg high’s football team give up the firemen’s axe trophy to the host broncs, 29-14, in the 2011 season-opener for both schools.
the wranglers’ loss friday night snapped an eight-year winning streak against parker and gave the broncs a 24-22 victory advantage in the long rivalry that dates back to 1956.
although third-year wrangler coach bob gonzalo didn’t want to point to the long, hot bus trip and then the heavy energy-zapping heat as contributing factors in the loss, he did say, “If would have played Parker here (in Wickenburg), we would have won.“We have a lot of young and inexperienced players on this team, and they will get better,” he added. “My biggest disappointment is that we lost the game.”
And now the Wranglers need to prepare themselves for a more formidable opponent this Friday night (Sept. 2) against a visiting Coolidge team that is expected to demonstrate its usually explosive speed on the ground.
Coolidge is considered one of the faster teams in the new Division, and the Bears demonstrated that speed in their 34-14 victory last Friday against Vista Grande of Casa Grande.
“We’re going to be fast,” Coolidge’s third-year head coach Cayle Ferguson was quoted in the Coolidge Examiner in the pre-season. “We need to be aggressive. This team can be as good as last year’s if they give a complete effort.”
Last year, the Bears reached the 3A state quarterfinals and finished with a 10-2 record.
Seth Ellis, who rushed for more than 1,500 yards last year at the running back position, has been moved to the quarterback spot for this year - and he rushed for 282 yards on 23 carries in last week’s season-opening victory.
“He’s fast, shifty and smart,” Ferguson said of Ellis, who is being looked at by Michigan State and other Division 1 schools, in the Examiner. “He’s got great football instincts. Last year, I believe he had the highest average yards per run in the state for anyone with more than 100 carries.”
Tone Hooker, who had joined Ellis in the offensive backfield last year, also returns this year … and added 132 yards on 25 carries last week out of the Bears’ wing-T offensive formation.
So, obviously, the Wranglers’ defense will have its hands full Friday night attempting to contain those two speedsters.
“We’re going to see some speed this week,” Gonzalo noted, referring to those two Coolidge ball carriers. “We just have to try and contain it.”
Parker 29, Wranglers 14
After scoring the first touchdown of the night late in the first quarter, the Wranglers gave up 29 unanswered points before capping the scoring in the final seconds of the game.
With its second possession in that initial quarter, senior quarterback Hunter Reaume led his team 41 yards in seven plays - capping the drive with a two-yard run with 1:06 minutes remaining in the period. A 29-yard pass to Bo Jager was the highlight of that drive.
Parker responded with a 65-yard drive in 10 plays before scoring early in the second quarter on an eight-yard pass.
Then … the Wranglers committed a pair of turnovers that allowed Parker to score a safety and another touchdown before the end of the first half. In fact, the Wranglers were able to run only six offensive plays in the second quarter.
Then … two more turnovers in the third period led to two more Parker touchdowns.
Finally … in the fourth quarter, the Wranglers were finally able to generate some momentum with its new pistol formation. Reaume completed seven of eight passes in that final session - including a 20-yard touchdown strike to Jake Vandever - but the outcome of the game had already been determined.
Reaume finished the night completing 11 of his 21 passes for 143 yards, but the ground game in the new formation was able to generate only 58 total yards on 23 carries.
The defensive highlight of the night for the Wranglers came at the end of the first half when the Broncs threatened to score after grabbing a pass interception. They marched from the Wranglers’ 42 to the 9 in nine plays but the defense kept the Broncs out of the end zone (after three plays inside the 10 yard line) when time expired.
Senior linebacker Logan Prigge led the Wranglers’ defensive effort with 15 tackles and a fumble recovery, with senior defensive back Reyes Macedo adding eight tackles.
My Response: Does that mean that the Wick Sun has built a domed stadium with A/C so they wouldn't be so hot if it was a home game? Now I know why you have to pay for their online articles. I guess Gonzo thought the temp on the Parker sideline was 60 while his sideline was 113! Hot bus ride? It is 2011, they do have A/C on the buses now. Maybe the Wick Sun should have paid for a bus with A/C instead of the dome. I will be interested in how Wick does this season, they do have Tonopah and hopefully they can win that game or else Kevin Cloe can be the next head coach.
Oh, hey guys...haven't seen you all in almost a decade! For a while there, it was pretty lonely being the class of the West region, filling up walls with region banners and plaques. Each season it was the same 'ol, same 'ol....There was Wick as a contender, and then a collection of weak sisters and also rans. Now that it looks like a competitive region, you all finally feel you can and should be heard. That's cool. Realize, however, it wasn't so much all of you got better...perhaps it's just that Wick has dropped from what it was just a few years back.
brabb7232 wrote: calm down kid and will see how the season goes. And I dont think complaining gets you anywhere, last I checked...
"and 'will' see"....hey hillbilly, did you mean 'we will see'? Just a thought there, kiddo, I wasn't complaining, only pointing out you have been the afterthought, the homecoming opponent, the also ran for all too long considering the talent you have had come through there over the last 6 or 7 years. I will calm down, but you all should be having a fit with all the wasted seasons over there in north Tucson.
Love Cloe making excuses for Gonzalo and the Wranglers. Bobby Gonzalo is in his second year, not third year. Just that Gonzalo has lost as many games two games into his second season as Vaughan did his entire stay in Wickenburg. The season is still young.
Wick is 0-2. Cloe is writing excuses like "it is a long hot bus ride". Cloe is writing in his weekly article that Wickenburg should install field turf. They need new uniforms.
A load of crap is what it is. Either raise the money or don't but last I checked, the Head Coach is fundraiser in chief. If you lose because the bus broke down or it was hot, that is the coach's fault for not raising the money. Like it or leave it, the buck stops at the Head Coach.
Whatever it is, Cloe thinks his job is to be liked and be friends with the football coach. Do your job Kevin and tell it like it is. Gonzalo is 8-5 and could easily have lost to Chino last season. His teams look awful offensively for the last two years and are not producing. The program is decaying. And alums and parents are not pleased. Wick hired a dirtbag who got run and it killed the momentum for the program. Gonzalo needs to right this ship and finished at or above .500 or it is time to cut bait.
Money for buses just fell out of the sky for Vaughan. Donations just landed in his lap. Vaughan never pressed the flesh or worked to get the funds. Maybe it is the recession that is keeping the team from raising money. Or maybe Gonzalo underestimated the challenges of being the head man and worrying about all the little things it takes to be successful.
Advice to all you Wickenburg people. Whatever you must do to correct the direction of your program, it must be done soon with the involvement of your whole community. All it takes is one dismal season and it begins to unravel quickly. Finger pointing must stop and corrective actions must be taken. The quick easy reaction of getting rid of a coach is not always the solution. Everyone must band together. The hometown press is also very important in supporting the players and team. Do not let your program experience what has happened to us in Kingman.
"The reason I didn't like to throw on first and ten, was because I hated second and ten." - The Legendary Ray Smith.
It all starts with the district having teaching positions and being able to hire a coaching staff that consists of people other than parents of current athletes. The entire coaching staff has turned over in the last two years and now, many of the staff members that don't have kids or grandkids playing coached under McGoldrick in 2003.
Vaughan put together a great staff and Vaughan knew how to manage his assistants all the way down to the JV level. He made sure his coaches were on the same page and for the most part, he kept it from being a nepotistic group of me first parents who also coached. A few parents always end up on staff, but by and large, I think due to budget cuts, you cannot get people to coach anymore.
The issue is money and I don;t think Gonzalo is pressing the flesh enough or properly to fund things. The Wickenburg Sun said the team needs new uniforms. $15000. How does that math work out. Let's say 60 Varsity and JV athletes. what is $15000 / 60? $250 per kid for uniforms? That is obscene. And normally, you only buy uniforms for the Varsity, and the JV inherits the old ones. So let's say 40 Varsity Uniforms for $15000. $350 per...
They need full time coaches that teach at the school. They need a weight training program. They need a lot of things to make the program go. Cloe writing about buses breaking down as an excuse is not winning points with me. There are major issues with the program. I think there are enough country strong Wickenburg kids to win with the right coaching staff, but I don't see Gonzalo sticking around past next season considering he commutes an hour each way.
Not giving excuses but With 40+ football players on a bus in 116 degree weather how nice is the bus really going to get. Think about it. Wickenburg players aren't used to the 115degree high humidity weather that the parker players play in everyday. Also, "Gonzalo is 8-5 and could easily have lost to Chino last season." What difference does it make that they COULD have lost to Chino last year. They didn't so that is what matters right?
Did Cloe buy a new bus for the team? $15,000 for those uniforms? Somebody got ripped off.
Wranglers looks for first victory on road Friday
By Kevin Cloe, Sun Sports
Logan Prigge hauls in a six-yard touchdown pass at the end of the first half against Coolidge during the Wranglers’ 40-23 loss Friday night, while Jake Vandever (27) was ready as a back-up receiver in the end zone.
Ahh, that was better.
No, it wasn’t good enough to impede the speed of Coolidge last Friday night (Sept. 2), but there was some improvement second-year head coach Bob Gonzalo hoped to see after the season-opening loss at Parker a week earlier.
Yet untimely penalties, dropped passes, occasionally still lining up in the wrong offensive formation and other miscellaneous miscues kept Wickenburg High School’s football team from seriously challenging No. 3-ranked Coolidge in a 40-23 loss to the Bears.
“We beat ourselves tonight,” Coach Gonzalo told his Wranglers after the loss to Coolidge. “We have to play smarter with more discipline and repetition.”
So now the Wranglers hope to reach another level of improvement as they seek their first victory of the season this Friday night (Sept. 9) at also-winless River Valley. The host Dust Devils have lost to Dixie, Utah, 59-7, and Yuma Catholic, 27-6.
And the Wranglers will be making the long return trip to the Colorado River area in a chartered bus after two uncomfortable road trips in regular school buses earlier in the season to Cottonwood and Parker. So that’s a good start.
The improvements in the Coolidge game compared to the Parker loss?
First of all, the offense - behind senior quarterback Hunter Reaume - scrambled for a total of 361 yards compared to 201 the previous week. Reaume’s 154 yards rushing (mostly on long runs of 52 and 58 yards) accounted for most of the Wranglers’ 237 yards on the ground compared to the measly 58 yards against Parker.
Then junior Gage Wenzel showed that his foot could come in handy later this season after he booted a 28-yard field goal that cleared the cross bar with plenty of room to spare.
The Wrangler defense kept the elusive Coolidge ball carriers out of the end zone after the Bears’ two possessions in the third period - allowing the defense to an early 26-point deficit down to only nine points, 26-17.
Coolidge 40, Wranglers 23
Senior quarterback Seth Ellis accounted for all six of Coolidge’s touchdowns.
Ellis, who rushed for 180 yards on 19 carries and passed for 183 yards while completing 9 of his 12 attempts, scored three touchdowns on the ground with runs of 46, 55 and 1 yards. The other three came on completed passes for 30, 23 and 6 yards.
Altogether, Coolidge accumulated 478 yards in total offense.
The Bears (now 2-0) opened the game with a 26-0 lead before the Wranglers (0-2) put their first points on the board with 11 seconds remaining in the first half - capping a 51-yard drive in eight plays with a six-yard pass from Reaume to Logan Prigge.
After the Wranglers’ defense kept the Bears at bay through the third period, Ellis went back to work in the fourth period and scored on a one-yard run early in the fourth period and a six-yard TD pass during the Bears’ second possession of the quarter.
The Wranglers capped the scoring with 35 seconds remaining in the game with a 34-yard TD pass from Reaume to sophomore Jake Vandever.
Senior quarterback Hunter Reaume was the offensive star for the Wranglers, rushing for 154 yards on 13 carries and passing for another 124 yards while completing 9 of his 22 attempts. And a handful of his incompletions were dropped by his receivers.
Wickenburg had a comfortable bus ride in a charter bus to and from their 20-0 loss this week. Next up are Yuma Catholic, Dysart, and Shadow Ridge. I predict 0-3 over that span. YC is on the road and the other two are better teams.
That puts Wick at 0-6. Easily could happen. Yikes.
Is it the players, the assistants, the head coach, the administration, money problems, fan support, a bad schedule? I don't know where to begin. But I do know that Gonzalo needs to fix the issues in Wickenburg pronto. I had Parker and River as winable games. Wick got beat by 2 TD in both. Bad things.