2014 D1 Preseason Preview

Top 10 teams, preseason all-state team and more inside...


The Front Runner- Mountain Pointe – The defending state champs are loaded again.

The Contenders

Chandler– I am not sure there is a team in the state with this much talent. They also have one of their best offensive lines in years.

Desert Ridge– Big keys to winning football; play great defense and run the ball well. The Jags return a great group of players on defense and one of the state’s leading rushers.

Hamilton- People think the Huskies are down…wrong. They are well coached and bring up some very good players from the lower levels.

Horizon– Few expected the Huskies to win 8 games last year. Their offense is explosive and their kids play with swagger.

Pinnacle- The Pioneers have one of the best pitch-catch combos in the state. Expect to hear, “Touchdown pass. Brian Lewerke to Adam Turner” a lot this year.

In The Mix

Red Mountain- Three straight losses to start last year, by a total of 14 points, put RM in a hole. They finished 6-6 and have a good crop of kids in the trenches returning.

Sleepers- Basha, Westview, Brophy, Highland

Questions? Will the Morrison brothers play? Can Mt. Pointe repeat? They are loaded, holes on defense are biggest concern. Is this Chander’s year? They have skill and their best line in years. Is Hamilton down? Sure, they have losses but don’t expect a drop off. They always have talent and have one of the best coaching staffs in the state. Who is the best QB in D1, Perkins, Lewerke or Sneed? That will be debated all year long. All are studs that will put up crazy numbers.

Top 10

1. Mountain Pointe

2. Chandler

3. Hamilton

4. Desert Ridge

5. Horizon

6. Pinnacle

7. Red Mountain

8. Basha

9. Brophy

10. Westview

Preseason D1 All-State Team

QB- Dalton Sneed - Horizon

RB- Paul Lucas – Mt. Pointe, Jalen Johnson - Westview

WR- Adam Turner - Pinnacle, Doc O’Connor - Basha

TE- Streator Bates - Brophy

OL- Jake Grant - Horizon, Steve Miller - Gilbert, Nick Carman – Mt. Pointe, Nathan Eldridge – Boulder Creek, Jamison Pruitt – O’Connor

DL- Caleb Peart - Hamilton, Garrett Rand - Hamilton, Cassius Peat – Corona del Sol, Tevita Taufa – Desert Ridge

LB- Cole Finochairro - Horizon, Austin Cronen – Mt. Pointe, Billy McEowen – Mt. Ridge

DB- Elmando McCoy – Valley Vista, Ryan Parenteau – Boulder Creek, Sean Eremia – Desert Ridge, Isaiah Oliver - Brophy

K- Landon Whitlow – Desert Ridge

P- Kevin Macias - Dobson

AP- Chase Lucas - Chandler

Ret- Morris Kroma - Hamilton

Player of the Year- Dalton Sneed - Horizon

Coach of the Year- Scooter Molander - Brophy

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