5A1 Metro Region Preview

The Metro Region has been restructured. Take an in-depth look at the new teams. We include team breakdowns, predictions and an all region team.

5A1 Metro Region




The new 5A1 Metro has a holdovers Chavez and Alhambra from the old Metro and brings in new comers North Canyon and Trevor Browne from the Northwest and Maryvale from the Desert West. North Canyon is the only team that had a winning record last year the best record amongst the rest was 3-7 Chavez, in fact North Canyon had more wins (9) then the other four teams combined (7). Participation has traditionally plagued many of these teams forcing most to play their kids both ways, not always typical in the 5A1 ranks. This region is completely up for grabs. The team that stays healthiest, more then likely will come out on top.




1. North Canyon

2. Chavez

3. Alhambra

4. Trevor Browne

5. Maryvale




North Canyon- In any other year I would pick North Canyon as the hands down favorites. The thing is this year their losses are great. All staters Jordan Scott and Brandon Harris take their game to GCC and QB Blake Schembri has transferred to Chaparral. Coach Cole was using a freshman QB in passing league, I can't remember the last time I saw a frosh QB start on varsity. The good thing is that while the Rattlers are rebuilding, the rest of the region has not traditionally been strong except for Maryvale but they were down last year going 0-10. The reason I pick NC to win is basically because participation has not been their issue, they were the only team in this region to have 40 or more players on their roster last year. This will be huge in the 4th quarter of games and down the home stretch of the season as players will have a little less wear and tear on their bodies and an injury here and there is not as crucial. The Rattlers have a favorable schedule with only three opponents making the playoffs last year. I don't know if they will win 9 games again but I believe they will have a winning record and make the playoffs in their first season in 5A1.


Key Losses: RB/CB Jordan Scott, QB Blake Schmebri, TE Tyler Wagner, OL Alex Chancey, OL Brandon Harris, DL Josh Fowler, LB Brady Shimek, DB Jermaine Ramsey, DL Jake Fuller, OL Cody Crausman, OL Kevin Hampton, RB Tim Boling, RB John Mahr, RB Tyler Peterson


Key Returners: LB Matt Rios, DE Alex Johnson, DB Paul Dodson


Cesar Chavez- Chavez runs the heck out of the ball in Coach Widmaier's double wing-t offense. The linemen play shoe to shoe and they throw the ball less then 10 times per game. Expect much of the same this year as the Champions return the top offense player in the region in RB Jaron Johnson. Johnson has the size to carry the rock 30 times a game and is the only player in the region to account for 1000 yards of offense last year. They return over half off the players from last year's roster but took a pretty significant hit when RB/CB Deveron Carr transferred to Chaparral.


Chavez struggled last year going 3-7. They started the year 0-4 with three of those opponents being playoff teams. This year they play three teams in their first five games that went to the playoffs (Mt. Ridge, Chandler and Red Mountain) but do luck out a little and play each of them at home. Chavez was able to score 28 or more points six times last season and their style of play will keep them in a lot of games. Their week 10 game with North Canyon should be for the region championship.


Key Losses: OL Juan Chavez, OL Derrick Bellamy, DL Fabian Flores, QB/DB Dietric Starks, RB Deveron Carr, WR Darryl Fisher


Key Returners: RB Jaron Johnson, DL Tyree Royston, RB PJ Neal


Alhambra- The Lions ended up with two wins last year beating only Flowing Wells and Carl Hayden who combined for only 1 win. But of their eight losses the only blowouts were to Casa Grande and Mt. Pointe. The other six defeats were by 17 points or less. The good news is they return 22 players from last year's roster including eight sophomores. They also have a favorable schedule as North Canyon and Ironwood are their only opponents to see the playoffs last year. Leading rusher Jeff Rhoane is back as is leading receiver Jacob Serrato but they need to find replacements for QB Roman Wilson and their leading tackler Greg Colter. A few bounces in their favor could get them close to a .500 record.


Key Losses: LB Greg Colter, QB Roman Wilson, DL Curtis Davis, LB Sergio Solis


Key Returners: RB Jeff Rhoane, WR Jacob Serrato, K Ricardo Campos, RB Joey Gamez


Trevor Browne- A pessimist could look at the Trevor Browne program and see a team that struggled to a 2-8 record, their closest loss was by five points to O'Connor. They lose their first division-one player in years, have heavy losses, literally, along the offensive line and their leading rusher transferred. There are some positives to look at for new head coach Randy Gross. One, Gross brings new energy and is used to winning as an assistant at Westview. Two, the Bruins only lose nine players and return 25. Three, they were not shut out in a single game. They continued to play hard and scored double-digits in all but one game. Four, they return some players at key positions including QB Jorge Acuna and their leading tackler LB Anthony Carassco. Sure Gross will take some lumps trying to get this program off the ground and it is easy to get discouraged but an optimist can see that there are some things to work with at TB.


Key Losses: OL/DL Marcel Jones, OL Tanner Johnson, RB Reggie Nicholson, OL Cliff Collins


Key Returners: LB Anthony Carrasco, QB Jorge Acuna, WR Tim Lizarraga, DB Harold Gholson, HC Randy Gross


Maryvale- The Panthers have called themselves "The Pride of the Westside" for years. Last year they really struggled in the first year without coach Bruney. They went 0-10, averaged less then six points per game, gave up over 45 per game and were shut out four times. Head coach Brian Galbreath resigned allegedly over some disputes with administration.


Maryvale only loses seven seniors from last year's roster and new head coach Pat Roe inherits two of the region's top players in DE Tyrell Shivers and WR Michael McCord. I guess if it is possible to go from a playoff team to a winless team, then it is possible to go the other way around but getting players to feed into a new system and get used to winning is always tough. Anything is possible but don't expect a 180 degree turnaround. Patience will be the key here.


Key Losses: RB Sam Marks, HC Brian Galbreath


Key Returners: DE Tyrell Shivers, WR Mike McCord, RB Ray Jones, K Victor Riveria, HC Pat Roe


24-7Football.com Preseason All Metro Region Team


QB- Jorge Acuna- Trevor Browne

RB- Jaron Johnson- Chavez

RB- Jeff Rhone- Alhambra

WR- Michael McCord- Maryvale

WR- Tim Lizarraga- Trevor Browne

TE- Gianni Delacruz- North Canyon

OL- Sam Wilson- North Canyon

OL- Sheldon Deffenbaugh- Alhambra

OL- Randy Sykes- Maryvale

OL- Diego Gonzalez- Trevor Browne

OL- Luciano Corrales- Trevor Browne

K- Victor Riveria- Maryvale

Return- Jaron Johnson- Chavez


DL- Tyree Royston- Chavez

DL- Tyrell Shivers- Maryvale

DL- Javier Garcia- Alhambra

DL- Alex Johnson (JR)- North Canyon

LB- Matt Rios- North Canyon

LB- Anthony Carrasco- Trevor Browne

LB- Ray Jones- Maryvale

DB- Harold Gholson- Trevor Browne

DB- Charles Lopez- Alhambra

DB- Paul Dodson (JR)- North Canyon

DB- Antwan Jackson- Chavez

P- Gerardo Bustamante- Trevor Browne


Coach of the Year- Randy Gross- Trevor Browne

Offensive Player of the Year- Jaron Johnson- RB- Chavez

Defensive Player of the Year- Matt Rios- LB- North Canyon


Metro Region Top 10 Players


1. Matt Rios- LB- North Canyon

2. Jaron Johnson- RB- Chavez

3. Tyrell Shivers- DE- Maryvale

4. Michael McCord- WR Maryvale

5. Anthony Carrasco- LB- Trevor Browne

6. Diego Gonzalez- OT- Trevor Browne

7. Jeff Rhone- RB- Alhambra

8. Paul Dodson (JR)- CB- North Canyon

9. Alex Johnson (JR)- North Canyon

10. Gianni Delacruz- TE/DE- North Canyon

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