Dangerous Woody's Top Ten!

For those of you coming over from AZCentral, you already know who I am. If not, well, I'm Woody, a follower of high school sports, particularly football. This is a feature I've agreed to do for Coach T, and while I can't promise it will be a weekly thing throughout the summer, I will say I will do my best to keep you (and myself) informed until the games begin. Now let's get with the program...



Well, we're a few weeks in, but there have already been some big games and some surprises this year. Who would think that Saguaro would start the year 0-2? Or that Red Mountain would be destroyed by Desert Vista? Well, here's how things are shaping up in the rankings so far…

  1. DESERT VISTA THUNDER-Lit up Highland for 49 to remain undefeated on the year. Until someone keeps them from scoring at will, they'll keep this spot.HAMILTON HUSKIES-Defense has given up only 3 points all year, making up for an often times absent offense.MOUNTAIN VIEW TOROS-Like Hamilton, a team that has given up three points on the year with a suspect offense.PEORIA PANTHERS-Handily beat Brophy after a one-point victory over an underrated Corona del Sol squad.MOUNTAIN RIDGE LIONS-Finally beat a decent opponent in Mesa on Friday. Showing solid balance on offense.IRONWOOD EAGLES-Made their case for the top five with a win over a talented Chandler squad.SALPOINTE LANCERS-The best team in Tucson doesn't leave the Old Pueblo until the playoffs.MESQUITE WILDCATS-Underrated defense has given up just 10 points a game through five games.MARCOS DE NIZA PADRES-An inconsistent group capable of beating the big boys, evidenced by their win over former #5 Camelback.CAMELBACK SPARTANS-Offense had shown signs of dominance before being destroyed by Marcos.



  1. SUNNYSIDE BLUE DEVILS-One of three outstanding defenses in 4A keeps paving the way for the creation of a Devil Dynasty.CHAPARRAL FIREBIRDS-Held a big, fast Centennial offense to just seven points on Friday.GREENWAY DEMONS-Great defense #3 gave up just five first downs against an overmatched Sunrise Mountain team.SINAGUA MUSTANGS-Got giant upset #2 in a win over Cactus on Friday. Proving their doubters (i.e. me) wrong.MILLENNIUM TIGERS-Star runner Taryll Galloway has prospered in the absence of running mate Chazz Miles.TOLLESON WOLVERINES-Marcus Thomas got back on track against a bad Tempe team. Play Millennium in 2 weeks.CENTENNIAL COYOTES-Defense kept up with Chaparral's for 43 minutes before special team and offensive breakdowns put the Coyotes out of reach.SAGUARO SABERCATS-Offense has caught on after being shut out their first two games. Along with Centennial, their defense is among a choice group of defenses just below the top three.MINGUS MARAUDERS-Struggled to beat a rapidly improving Sunnyslope squad. Hoping to keep pace with Sinagua before the two meet up in GCR play.GLENDALE CARDINALS-Have sprinted off to six straight wins against the weak sisters of the 4A football scene. RB Jerry Vaughn is a workhorse.


  1. SNOWFLAKE LOBOS-The Desert Vista of 3A-a lethal offense with a sometimes questionable defense.PAYSON LONGHORNS-Perhaps the only team in 3A that can challenge Snowflake.

3/4/5. QUEEN CREEK/GLOBE/COOLIDGE-The bad boys of the South have taken turns beating each other up while Coolidge has shown Willcox to be a pretender.

  1. WINSLOW BULLDOGS-Receive huge props for being the first team to beat Blue Ridge in the regular season in 10 years.BLUE RIDGE YELLOWJACKETS-The Program has struggled since they were forced to forfeit two early season wins.WICKENBURG WRANGLERS-Look to dance through the West after a early season slip-up against Payson.

9/10. SEDONA SCORPIONS/CAMP VERDE COWBOYS-Perhaps the only teams that could unseat Wickenburg in the West.CLASS 2A

  1. ST. JOHNS REDSKINS-Only loss came to 3A #2 Payson in their season opener.NWCC CRUSADERS-They've knocked off two of the Metro's big boys, now Phoenix Christian may be all that prevents them from going untouched in regular season play.PHOENIX CHRISTIAN COUGARS-Only two losses came against 3A #1 Snowflake and Cali squad Horizon Christian.BOURGADE EAGLES-Are a seven point loss to NWCC from being undefeated.VALLEY CHRISTIAN TROJANS-The loss to NWCC has left questions regarding their viability come playoff time; they'll need a running game for any sustained success.TOMBSTONE YELLOWJACKETS-Survived a scare last week against Pusch Ridge Christian to keep their perfect record.TOMBSTONE YELLOWJACKETS-Ran record to 3-0 with shutout victory over Benson.MIAMI VANDALS-Only loss on the year came to neighboring 3A power Globe in their annual rivalry game.MORENCI WILDCATS-Have played stellar defense all year en route to a 4-1 record against Arizona competition.MOGOLLON MUSTANGS-Have found a way to win, with the exception of a mercy rule loss to Phoenix Christian.





WOODY REPORT-TOP TEN RANKSWell, we're a few weeks in, but there have already been some big games and some surprises this year. Who would think that Saguaro would start the year 0-2? Or that Red Mountain would be destroyed by Desert Vista? Well, here's how things are shaping up in the rankings so far…

  1. DESERT VISTA THUNDER-Wow. Made a serious statement against Red Mountain, my former #1, on Friday. Thoroughly dominant and proving that they aren't hurting for an experienced coach.
  2. HAMILTON HUSKIES-Two games, zero points-the Huskies are looking to let their defense carry them through the playoffs. Trammel McGill is starting to make his name known.
  3. MOUNTAIN VIEW TOROS-Also hasn't given up a point through two games. Showing their typical balance on offense, with three different rushers scoring against Kingman.
  4. RED MOUNTAIN LIONS-Got trounced by Desert Vista on Friday. You have to have some doubts following that one, but I can't help but think they'll get it turned around. Need Steve Smith to make a quick comeback from a third quarter leg injury.
  5. CAMELBACK SPARTANS-Haven't looked great against bad Carl Hayden and Goldwater teams. Eric Anderson breaking 100-yards versus Goldwater is a sign of promise.
  6. PEORIA PANTHERS-They're 2-0 going into next week's showdown with Red Mountain. Defense recovered to shut out Highland after giving up 250 yards rushing to Paradise Valley, and James McCollum is doing a pretty good Kelly Mitchell impersonation.
  7. GILBERT TIGERS-Exacted some revenge for two Horizon losses last season with on Friday's 10-7 win. Need to find some offense if they expect to compete with Hamilton in the Fiesta Region.
  8. MOUNTAIN RIDGE LIONS-After getting into a shootout with Sahuaro last week, gave up a single score South Mountain at home on Friday. Brad Western is establishing himself as a multidimensional threat under the center.
  9. MESA JACKRABBITS-Have given up just 13 points in two blowout wins over Highland and Brophy. Jarrett Stapley is becoming a standout in the backfield.
  10. WESTWOOD WARRIORS-One of four Mesa teams in the top 10, the Warriors bounced back from a shutout loss to Hamilton to defeat Marcos de Niza 18-16.


  1. SUNNYSIDE BLUE DEVILS-Have established themselves as the #1 defense in 4A. Sam Sotelo, Joey Warren, and Chris Peralta are showing why they were defensive all-staters in 2001.
  2. CHAPARRAL FIREBIRDS-Made their case for #1 with a 21-14 win over Greenway on Friday. Darren Mougey is establishing himself as a threat at quarterback, and the defense continues to be strong.
  3. MILLENNIUM TIGERS-After struggling in the second half last week against Apache Junction, the Tigers rebounded for a 52-0 win over Pinnacle. A big confidence booster for a young defense.
  4. TOLLESON WOLVERINES-Made a huge statement with a 55-28 win over a Moon Valley team ranked in the top 10 by most of the media. Marcus Thomas is on pace to run for over 3,200 yards this season.
  5. CORONADO DONS-Grady Smith is up to his old tricks, gaining 281 yards against Cactus Shadows. Louis Marson is establishing himself as a talented signal caller.
  6. CACTUS COBRAS-After shutting out Saguaro in week one, the Cobras gave up 26 in a one-point win over McClintock. Have the ability to be a playoff contender if the defense plays as it did against Saguaro.
  7. SAGUARO SABERCATS-Finally put some points on the board in a 26-6 blowout of Agua Fria. Chaz Bennett averaged over eight yards a carry versus the Owls.
  8. MINGUS MARAUDERS-I wasn't overly impressed with their 23-12 win over Sunrise Mountain on Friday, but they found a way to get the job done. Wombacher and Rice give Mingus a solid, if unspectacular, backfield.
  9. CENTENNIAL COYOTES-The fastest team in 4A also has one of the five best offensive lines in the state, and it's shown in two victories over McClintock and Pueblo. Underclass running backs Marcus House (Jr.) and Terry Longbons (So.) both had 100-yard games versus McClintock; they'll be even better next year.
  10. APOLLO HAWKS-Ripped up Coconino with a strong defensive effort, and their three-headed monster at running back guided them to victory in overtime in week 1 against Buckeye.


  1. BLUE RIDGE YELLOJACKETS-Same old story for the ‘Jackets-have outscored their first 3 opponents 125-6.
  2. PAYSON LONGHORNS-Normally I don't jump teams over teams that won, but the ‘Horns big win over Wickenburg was much more impressive than the last second win Snowflake got over 2A Phoenix Christian.
  3. SNOWFLAKE LOBOS-The Lobos got very lucky in their 32-29 win over PC, but bounced back nicely with the 30+ point blowout of Winslow.
  4. (tie) WILLCOX, GLOBE-Willcox shuts people down (just 12 points surrendered in first 4 games) while Globe blows them out (averaging nearly 42 points a game).
  5. WICKENBURG WRANGLERS-20-6 victory over Camp Verde seems to indicate that they were a little sluggish after losing to Payson, but they're still the West's best.
  6. COOLIDGE BEARS-Lost to Globe last week, but bounced back nicely in 54-7 win over a defensive-minded Sahuarita squad.
  7. QUEEN CREEK BULLDOGS-After losing a close one to Coolidge, the ‘Dogs are now on a two-game win streak.
  8. PARKER BRONCS-Needed this week's 30-14 win over Fountain Hills after going 0-2 against Blue Ridge and Cali 5A team Brawley.
  9. HIGLEY KNIGHTS-Not as talented as many expected, but they are 2-1 with the only loss being a blowout to 2A power NWCC.
  10. HOPI BRUINS-Get the position by default-they're the only team in the ultra-weak North that are still undefeated.


  1. ST. JOHNS REDSKINS-Call me stubborn if you want, but I'm standing by my preseason pick. After what Payson's done in 3A so far, that opening loss doesn't seem so ridiculous.
  2. NWCC CRUSADERS-Made a huge statement with their shutout victory of Valley Christian. Star QB Hoffner is gimpy, but soph RB Kyle Young looked impressive in carrying the load against VC.
  3. BOURGADE EAGLES-Quinton Bellamy and Co. roll on, starting the season 3-0 with two wins over 3A foes.
  4. THATCHER EAGLES-After getting shut out versus 3A Safford, the two-time champs have gone 2-0 against cupcake competition.
  5. VALLEY CHRISTIAN TROJANS-The vertical offense was picked apart by NWCC, leaving questions as to how far they'll go come playoff time.
  6. PHOENIX CHRISTIAN COUGARS-After losing to a talented San Diego Horizon Christian and 3A Snowflake, PC needed the two mercy rule games against Mogollon and Valley Lutheran.
  7. TOMBSTONE YELLOWJACKETS-Ran record to 3-0 with shutout victory over Benson.
  8. SAN MANUEL MINERS-Like Tombstone, off to a 3-0 start, led by a defense that has given up just seven points all season.
  9. ORME WARRIORS-Off to a 2-1 start, with the lone loss being a turnover decimated effort against 3A Sedona.
  10. YUMA CATHOLIC SHAMROCK-Have won two straight after losing to Higley in their opener.

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