This week our games will have great showdowns between six of the top ten teams in 4A I. Add in a 5A I matchup between Mt.Ridge and Brophy and that makes for some good prep football.
Lets get right to it!! #1 Cactus host #2 Chaparral in what may be the most anticipated game so far in the season. Cactus, in two games has outscored their opponents 90 to 7. Chaparral in two games has outscored opponents 117 to 20. As indicated by the scores, both teams have a ton of offensive talent on the field. Chaparral's Kyle Williams has emerged as one of the states most exciting runners while backfield mate Spencer Rothery may be one of the states most consistent runners. The name of the offensive game for Cactus is diversity. QB Jon Tobin is a threat to run or throw, while big, 230 pound running back Richard Morris is averaging over eleven yards a carry. Both teams are solid on defense and have a strong group of returning starters. Keep an eye out for the linebacking crews of both teams. In a game like this kicking could be crucial. Ezra Ricks of Cactus and Matt Boatman of Chaparral boast two of the best legs in the state and either may be called upon to decide what could be a very close game. Another great 4A I game will see #5 Millennium traveling to take on #4 Greenway. In this one two of the states most versatile and underrated running backs square off. Greenway's Kenton Thomas has eight scores thus far capped by a five touchdown performance last week against Cienega. Not to be out done Millennium's Aaron Gentry has ran in six, caught three and returned a kick for a total of ten TDs already this season. Our last 4A I game sees us in Tucson to cover #9 Ironwood Ridge at #6 Cienega. Ironwood Ridge beat defending champ Moon Valley last week while Cienega lost a heartbreaker to Greenway in overtime.
Looking at the 5A I game Brophy goes to Mt.Ridge to take on the Mountain Lions. These teams met twice last year. In the first game Brophy won 27-21 but Mt.Ridge got their revenge in the semi-finals of the playoffs 42-34. For Brophy, QB Conor Hearn leads a multi-pronged attack that emphasizes strong running from Rahnee Dennard and spreading the ball around to an experienced group of receivers. For Mt. Ridge QB Chris Johnston has the luxury of throwing to Tony Paul and Josh Morrow. Morrow is currently averaging over five catches a game. This one could come down to the defenses each of which have numerous playmakers. Brophy is lead by DB Mike Callaghan and LBs Troy Taylor and Cole Graybill. Mt. Ridge counters with LBs David Fresenius, Spencer Ast and DB Jonathan Ott.
Whatever you do get out watch a game and support high school football across the state!! No matter what the team or the record all of these kids are working hard and having fun. After the game get on the board and in the chat room to talk scores and highlights.