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Each week Rich Reid of Cox 7 sports will join us to give his insights on the upcoming Thursday night game and the Arizona high school football scene.  Rich brings a wealth of local prep knowledge having covered sports in Arizona for over twenty years.  Rich has helped televise high school football since the early 1990's and became the producer of the Cox game of the week in 1998. Along with his work on prep sports Rich has also produced for television games by the Phoenix Suns, ASU, Arizona Rattlers, Arizona Sting and all AIA championship events.  Rich is a graduate of Arcadia high where he played football and baseball.  He then attended NAU where he played football for two seasons and then transferred to ASU receiving a degree in broadcast management and production from the Walter Cronkite School of Broadcasting.


This is the first story for 24-7 football that I will be writing.  Thanks to Jeff, Mike and Jason for giving me the opportunity to write about the games that will be broadcast on Cox7 this season.


Yes, it's Cox7 after years on Cox9.  That's because we now transmit to Southern Arizona and had to come up with a new channel location because of channel 9 in Tucson.  We are happy to have all the southern Arizona viewers on board.  We hope you like the live Thursday night games and we will be tape delaying 4 games from Tucson this season.


That brings us to the matter at hand:  This season's Cox7 football schedule.  Thanks to all the coaches and athletic directors who change their schedules so that we can bring live high school football every Thursday night in the fall to the living rooms of our subscribers.  Also, a big thanks goes out to our sponsors for helping out with the expenses of the games. Believe me, it's not cheap. We couldn't do the games without either of you.


High school football is bigger and better than ever on Cox7 this fall.  Fourteen regular season games will be broadcast.  Ten live games will be televised at 7 PM on Thursday nights starting September 1st and four taped delayed from Tucson airing the Sunday following the game at 5:30 PM.  Cox will once again televise live coverage of playoff and championship action starting in November.


The opening game on September 1st will be a great one.  The two time defending 5A champion Hamilton Huskies host the Mountain Lions of Red Mountain.  The Huskies will be trying to win their third title in a row, something no school has accomplished since the state formed a 5A conference in 1982.  Hamilton will feature one of the best running backs in the state in tailback Cody Engelbrecht, who rushed for over 1200 yards a year ago. The Mountain Lions counter with, arguably, the state's top defensive lineman in Jon Hargis, a three year varsity starter who recently gave a verbal agreement to ASU.


Other featured games include the powerful aerial attack of the Brophy Broncos, bringing their outstanding junior quarterback Connor Hearn to Chandler for a showdown with Wolves defensive player of the year candidate, linebacker Rickey Moore on September 8th. 


On September 29th, the Centennial Coyotes will test their game against one of the most talented teams in the state, the Maryvale Panthers.  With the Coyotes moving to 5A, this will be a great chance to see how they stack up.  The Panthers bring seven seniors who have started for three seasons, led by the multi-talented Jermaine Williams.  Centennial counters with, perhaps, the most exciting runner in the state, Tim House. 


The Mesa Mountain View Toros will make an appearance on Cox7 when they travel to Tucson to take on Sunnyside.  This game will air, tape delayed on Sunday, October 2nd.   The Toros are looking to bounce back after a sub-par (for them) season a year ago.  The Blue Devils are also moving up to 5A.  Look for them to bring the same aggressive style of play to the big conference that they showed in winning two 4A state titles in the past four years. 


The 4A conference will also be well represented this season.  Three 4A match-ups will air including the October 20th game pitting the Sabercats of Saguaro and their outstanding safety/running back Tyler Porras against Mike Brown's always exciting Greenway Demons.  This will be a classic defensive (Saguaro) vs. offensive (Greenway) match-up. Look for Professor Brown to come up with some new offensive schemes to free up returning quarterback Nathan Hodges and running back Kenton Thomas.    


Finally, the regular season ends with a game that could decide the East Valley Region championship on November 3rd, the Westwood Warriors visiting the Red Mountain Mountain Lions.  The Warriors, looking for revenge after last years defeat at Red Mountain, boast arguably, the most talented skill position players in the state in quarterback Brice Wilkins, running back/linebacker/kicker/punter Jay Leal, tailback Keegan Thompson, and runningback/kick returner Cylend Simmons.


 For a full listing of the games this fall on Cox7, you can go to our website at 


Thanks for the time.  Make sure you tune in to the Cox7 High School Football Preview 2005 show that airs at 7:30 PM on Cox7 starting on Thursday, August 25th and airing every night through August 30th. 

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