The theme for the games this week is 5A I vs. 5A II. We will have three matchups that showcase some of the top teams in the two 5A divisions. Throw in a great 4A I game as Greenway travels to Cienega and it should be a great Friday night of football.
In a battle of the #1 teams in their respective divisions 5A II Paradise Valley takes on 5A I Hamilton. Proving that good programs reload not rebuild Hamilton defeated Red Mountain last Thursday 41-14 behind the offensive exploits of QB Colby Harris and WR Kerry Taylor. Paradise Valley counters with a strong run game highlighted by RBs Tomarcus Jordan and Michael Williams the duo combined for 216 yards on the ground as the Trojans blanked Peoria 27-0.
In another battle between 5A I and 5A II teams Basha travels to take on North Canyon. In beating Dobson last week, Basha combined the ability to run the ball with staunch run defense. Basha had 328 yards on the ground led by Danny Keenan who had 238 yards. The Basha D held Washington State bound Dobson RB Marcus Richmond to 48 yards. This week the run defense will be challenged by North Canyon's Sherrod Austin who posted 202 rush yards in a 33-12 win over Marana Mountain View.
Our next D1/D2 5A matchup takes place between two teams trying to rebound from tough losses. Last week Salpointe was upended by 4A Cienega 25-20 and Sunrise Mountain lost 24-20 to Gilbert. Both of these teams are solid but one is going to walk away 0-2.
Last comes a great 4A Division I matchup as #6 Greenway travels to Tucson to take on #4 Cienega. In their wins last week both teams showed numerous offensive weapons. Cienega will be led by QB Michael Robertson, WR Bryce Burnett and RB Jesus Short Not to be outdone, the Greenway trio of QB Nathan Hodges, RB Kenton Thomas and WR Dan Oakley combined to score 40 on Sunnyslope. This one should be fun as coach Hassey and Coach Brown find ways to get their players the ball.
As always get on the message board and in the chat room Friday night to let us know the scores and highlights of your team's game.