1. Joseph City: The 3 time defending champs lose a ton to graduation, but you know they will reload. They are still the king of the hill until somebody knocks them off.
2. Pima: Pima gave Joe City a run for their money in last years semis. They look to be the team with the best shot of challenging them this season as well.
3. Joy Christian: The Eagles came out of nowhere last year and took 8 man football by surprise. The defending state runner up is now on everybody's radar.
4. Mogollon: Last season was the first season in around a decade that Mogollon didnt at least make the state semifinals. It will be interesting to see how one of the most successful 8 man programs in AZ rebounds.
5. Scottsdale Prep: This squad might have argueably the best talent at the skill positions in all of D-6. Wright not only broke the state record last season for TD passes, he shattered it. Although Wright graduates, dont look for this team to miss a beat. Their offense might be even more potent in 2012. But will their line play and defense be solid enough to challenge the top 4?
6. St. David: Losing Davis at QB will be a huge blow, but Coach Davis has built a solid program at SD. There wont be much of a drop off this season. If any.
7. Valley Lutheran: This should be Coach Wolf's most complete team since his first season at VL when the Flames went undefeated in the regular season. Valley is thinking state title game this year.
8. Bagdad: The Sultans had some of the best young talent in the state last year. The 2012 squad is now a bit seasoned and will now look to take things to the next level under new head Coach Mills.
9. Duncan: Look for Merrell to be one of the top players in D6 this season. The Wildkats will be a tough out for anyone.
10. Valley Union: Injuries really took their toll on the Blue Devils in 2011. The 2012 squad might lack some experience, but Coach Luzania's team is always tough.
11. Ft. Thomas: The Apaches quietly had a decent year in 2011. They bring back many key pieces this season.
12. Hayden: With one year of 8 man experience now under their belt, the Lobos now look to make some noise.
Gilbert Christian: Will try to bounce back after the loss of their head coach and best player Nolan Cook.
Mayer: This year's squad will be very inexperienced at some key positions. But the Wildcats should have just enough toughness (coupled with a fairly easy schedule) to once again make the playoffs.
Salt River: The Eagles have many talented upper classmen who have been starting on varsity since their freshman years. They could make some noise if they put it all together on the field.
Superior: Replacing Grap, Granillo, and Flores will be a tall task.