WOODY REPORT #5
In recent years the East Sky Region has been the strongest region in all of 4A, with three of the region's six teams having won at least one state title since 1995. Last year, two East Sky teams, Saguaro and Tempe, were among the final four teams to make it to the semifinals:
- SAGUARO SABERCATS- First off, let's talk about that big guy. You all know the one I'm talking about, preseason All-American defensive end Kyle Caldwell. Caldwell was a third-team all-state pick by the Republic and will be counted on for big stops all year. On offense, Caldwell starts at fullback, sharing the backfield with talented Chaz Bennett, who gained over 600 yards in a passing offense. Tight end Hunter Sims is another key part to the ‘Cat offense.
- CHAPARRAL FIREBIRDS- Chap is back as Coach Ron Estabrook looks to get the Firebirds back in the title game for the third time in four years. Big Darren Mougey takes over at quarterback, and he'll have a dandy pass catcher in junior standout John Peel. Peel averaged over twenty yards a reception as a soph.
- CORONADO DONS- They'd be a region favorite in most other regions; as is, they'll be a real pain in the backside for their Scottsdale rivals. The Don offense will rely heavily on little Grady Smith (5-7, 160) at running back; he gained over 1,400 yards as a junior. Adam McMahan leads a talented group of big offensive linemen.
- TEMPE BUFFALOES- Year in and year out they have one of the best collections of talent in the state, and this year will be no different. The lines could both be strengths, with titanic Nick Uiha (6-4, 330) anchoring the o-line and tough Charles Cobbs working the d-line.
- APACHE JUNCTION PROSPECTORS -The word that comes to mind when I think of AJ is "dark horse." There might not be a better quarterback in the region than Pat McNamara, who only needs to trim down his interception numbers to become among the elite of Arizona prep throwers. Running back D.J. Boe was ironically one of the state's leading pass catchers as a junior.
- ARCADIA TITANS- Ah man, where to begin…well, quarterback Jimmy Bevell has some solid genes, and he doesn't throw the ball too bad either. Outside of that, it's not a pretty picture in Titanland.