Basha Preseason Preview takes an early look at the Basha Bears.

Team: Basha
Mascot: Bears

City: Chandler

Head coach: Tim McBurney

2006 Record: 11-3

Region: 5A1 Central




8/16- Scrimmage @ Highland

8/24- San Luis

8/31- @ Salpointe

9/7- Deer Valley (Homecoming)

9/14- Bye

9/20- @ Westwood

9/28- @ Mesquite

10/5- Brophy

10/12- Mesa Mt. View

10/19- @ Desert Vista

10/26- Mt. Pointe

11/2- @ Corona


Key Losses: LB Kyle Flannery, DE Joe Frias, OL Adam Benjamin, WR JD Blake, RB Matt Baldenegro, OL Chris Gardner, RB Will Ewing, TE/LB Steve Yena, TE Braiden Seiver, WR Greg Freeman, DL Rudy Perez, DL Nick Hartung, DB/K Logan Myers, DB Mike Malone, DE Kodi Otero, DL Nate Ervin, LB Will Craghead, DB Erroll Tucker


Key Returners: OL John Fontes, OL Steve Sabin, QB Troy Graham, DB Ra'Shad Mason, CB Quinn Evans, P Colby Denton, OL Trevor Bingham




Basha was a very good football team last year and will be good again this year. Going 11-3 and reaching the semi-finals this early is very commendable. Coach McBurney and his staff have done a great job.


The Bears had a lot of close calls go their way last year and it will be tough to repeat their performance again. Examples: Of their 11 wins, 7 were decided by 14 points or less, 9 of their 14 games were decided by 14 points or less, they scored 14 points or less 8 times. Their defense kept them in a lot of games last year and that defense took heavy losses. Coach Mac says, "We lost everyone on defense and only four starters are back on offense. We will see if we are good enough to surprise anyone." One guy that will help is D1 corner Quinn Evans who has transferred from Hamilton.


I doubt if they will sneak up on anyone as everyone is aware of the success that this young program has had in their only two years of varsity action. With success comes expectations and the team has been working hard to fulfill those expectations. The linemen placed high at big man competitions at NAU and ASU and that should be no surprise with players like Steve Sabin, John Fontes and Trevor Bingham coming back on a huge offensive line. They will be asked to protect NAU commit QB Troy Graham and help break in new RBs.


Matching 11 wins will be a tough task but they will be solid with a good core of players returning and calling up players from a 5-4 JV team. I expect them to be very competitive once again.

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