5A2 Metro Region Preview

We include predictions, an all region team and a top 10 players for the 5A2 Metro Region.

5A2 Metro Region




This is the same region minus Chavez and Alhambra who stay in the 5A1 Metro. I truly think this region is up for grabs. I like North's chances to recapture the crown with the high number of players returning from last year.




1. North

2. Camelback

3. Central

4. South Mountain

5. Carl Hayden

6. Fairfax- No Varsity Team This Year




North- The Mustangs went 4-6 last year but lost four of those games by 14 points or less. 26 players return from last year's underclassmen dominated team and I think they will push for the region title. Treven Masse and Dylan Peralta are very good on both sides of the ball and will be the leaders of this team


Key Losses: OL Mark Anthony-Flores, QB/DB Steven Vallejo, OL/DL Gabe Aguilar, LB Brian Hedegard


Key Returners: WR/DB Dylan Peralta, TE Treven Masse, OL Nico Estrada-Stephen, DL Justin Strong, K Jorge Virelas


Camelback- Camelback went 3-7 last year behind a team comprised of 15 sophomores, 16 juniors and only 11 seniors. Good news for Coach Phillips. Their only major loss is at QB and it looks as though junior Channing Williams is going to take over. The Spartans rushed for 2000 yards between Mike Liggins and Kaylin Ashley and expect to see a lot of them again. Their defense returns its top two players in LB Marco Ayon and DL Benino Gurrolla. Camelback has some winnable games on their schedule and I predict the will push the .500 mark.


Key Losses: DL Brady Hale, LB Morgan Munz, DB Wynton Ashley, DB Robert Mason


Key Returners: RB Mike Liggins, OL Cody Watts, DL Benino Gurrolla, LB Marco Ayon, RB Kaylin Ashley, P Javier Esquivel, WR Nathaniel McCoy


Central- The Bobcats went 9-2 last year including winning their first seven games. Their two loses came to two of the three only playoff teams they faced (North Canyon and Tolleson). The biggest change will be that head coach Kevin Belcher, who had done a great job of turning the program around, has left. They also lose their top passer, top three rushers including stud Dan Duran who also was their kicker, top two receivers and four of their top five tacklers including region defensive player of the year Diamond Banks. Central also has what looks like the toughest schedule in the region with six of their opponents making the playoffs last year.


Central has been the top team in the Metro over the past two years. They get back two way all region player Cody Van Horne but lose a lot from last year including their head coach. Things could be difficult for Central this year and it will be tough to win 9 games again this year.


Key Losses: HC Kevin Belcher, OL Mike Rodriguez, RB/K Daniel Duran, WR Aaron Edwards, DL Sergio Gutierrez, LB Diamond Banks, LB Nathan McQueen, DB Nate Delafield, DB Thermaine Johnson


Key Returners: TE/DL Cody Van Horne, OL Brian Tolle


South Mountain- The Jaguars started the year 0-4 and split their next two before winning four straight and sneaking into the playoffs. Gone are their 11 seniors including QB Robert Benjamin and Region Player of the Year Tariq Smith. They lose their leading passer, rusher and receiver. Young guys Clint Wheaton and Anthony Sanders will be turned to if they want to get back into the playoffs. They only face one team that made the playoffs last year (Central) so that is working in their favor.


Key Losses: QB Robert Benjamin, WR/DB Tariq Smith, RB Joshman Brown


Key Returners: OL Alex Nodora, RB Anthony Sanders, WR Clint Wheaton


Carl Hayden- Everyone knows the struggles that Carl Hayden has faced over the past few years. I want to commend the few kids that have managed to stick it out despite their shortcomings. It shows a lot of heart and character. That being said, not much is expected from the Falcons this year. They will be short on numbers again as only 13 players return. Their closest loss last year was by 28 to Kingman, so being competitive and winning a few games is the objective right now.


Key Losses: WR Joey Manquero, OL Jeremy Smith, K/P Miguel Magallas


Key Returners:



24-7Football.com Preseason All 5A2 Metro Region Team


QB- Channing Williams- Camelback

RB- Mike Liggins- Camelback

RB- Anthony Sanders (JR)- South

WR- Dylan Peralta (JR)- North

WR- Nathaniel McCoy- Camelback

TE- Cody Van Horne- Central

OL- Cody Watts- Camelback

OL- Alex Nodora (JR)- South

OL- Brian Tolle- Central

OL- Nico Estrada-Stephen- North

OL- Greg Gutierrez- South

K- Jorge Virelas (JR)- North

Return- Mike Liggins- Camleback


DL- Cody Van Horne- Central

DL- Benino Gurrolla- Camelback

DL- Justin Strong- North

DL- Tony Aguilera- Central

LB- Marco Ayon- Camelback

LB- Treven Masse (JR)- North

LB- Noah Blackburn- Camelback

DB- Dylan Peralta (JR)- North

DB- Ryan Knight (JR)- Central

DB- Kaylin Ashley (JR)- Camelback

DB- Clint Wheaton (JR)- South

P- Javier Esquivel- Camelback


Coach of the Year- Dylan Winemiller- North

Offensive Player of the Year- Mike Liggins- RB- Camelback

Defensive Player of the Year- Cody Van Horne- DE- Central


5A2 Metro Region Top 10 Players


1. Cody Van Horne- TE/DE- Central

2. Mike Liggins- RB- Camelback

3. Treven Masse- TE/LB- North

4. Dylan Peralta (JR)- WR/DB- North

5. Benino Gurrolla- DL- Camelback

6. Justin Strong- DL- North

7. Brian Tolle- OL- Central

8. Cody Watts- OL- Camelback

9. Anthony Sanders (JR)- RB- South

10. Kaylin Ashley (JR)- RB/DB- Camelback

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