5A2 Northwest Region
Willow Canyon moves up from the 4A
West Valley, Valley Vista is a new program and four members from the old
Northwest (Goldwater, Deer Valley, Kingman and Boulder Creek) make up the 5A2
Northwest Region. With three relatively new programs being in this region I look
4. Boulder Creek
Goldwater- The Bulldogs made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs last year and finished 6-6. Not a bad season. Head coach Dan Friedman resigned and took the job at Boulder Creek. New head coach Ed Cook inherits a team with enough components to win this region. Their main loss is QB/LB Miles Kizer but they return three players who accounted for over 2500 yards rushing. RBs Aaron Thomas, Bobby Tomas and CJ Morgan form one of the most potent backfields in the state. Top wideout Garrett Lee returns as does all region TE Billy Jenson. OL John May joins Jenson upfront.
No denying that Kizer was the heart and sole of this defense and he will be missed but Cook returns three of his top five tacklers and all region DT Luis Salmon
Their schedule may also be in their favor as the Bulldogs only drew three playoff opponents from last year. I like Goldwater's chances in this region.
Key Losses: LB Miles Kizer, HC Dan Friedman, DL Dan Cavanaugh, DL Alex Lindley
Key Returners: RB Bobby Thomas, OL John May, TE Billy Jenson, DB Aaron Thomas, WR/DB Garrett Lee, DT Luis Salmon, HC Ed Cook
26 seniors leave including their top offensive weapons QB Tyler Hosler (2600 + passing yards), WR Spencer Albertson (965 yards) and RB Zach Hernandez (731 yards). Jimmy Goad returns at wideout and he should definitely improve on his 666 receiving yards from last year as he will be the go to guy. Bryce Cooper rushed for nearly 500 yards and will probably see a lot more action on O. LB Dante Sellers is the likely QB.
The defense is in much better shape then the offense despite losing LB Hernandez (99 tackles 13.5 sacks). Cooper and CB Alfred Bowden both were all region picks last year and are poised for a great senior year. Sellers returns at OLB/DE and he was impressive yet under-recognized last year after recording 80 tackles and 8 sacks. DE Ron Mallory (6-7 260) has made great strides this off-season and looks to be a force on the offensive and defensive lines.
They play Valley Vista, Kingman,
Key Losses: QB Tyler Hosler, WR Spencer Albertson, RB/LB Zach Hernandez, DL Caleb Livingston, DB Justin Hosler, OL Royce Sumayo, LB Kevin Derosett, OL Scott Kidd, DL Marshall Swerdfeger
Key Returners: WR Jimmy Goad, LB Dante Sellers, DB Alfred Bowden, DB Bryce Cooper, OL/DL Ron Mallory
Their go to guy will be junior RB BJ Scott who should push for all region honors. Cody Taylor returns after rushing for over 300 yards and Justin Weber is solid at both DB and WR.
The move up from 4A will not be
easy but over half of their roster returns and with the growth out in Surprise;
Key Losses: DL Alex Nickell, DL Joel Sienkiewicz, WR John Carter, OL Austin Nichols, QB Troy Valdez, LB Oscar Herrara, WR James Pritchett OL Mike Ligouri
Key Returners: DL Justin Jones, LB Daniel Torres, RB BJ Scott
Boulder Creek- Not a lot was expected from BC last year and honestly not much will be expected from them this year. New head coach Dan Friedman did a good job at Goldwater and gets to pretty much mold the program from scratch as former head coach Steve Heideman was not here long.
BC went 2-8 playing some out of
state opponents from Vegas and
Their schedule will not be quite
as easy as half of their opponents made the playoffs last year. They play
Obviously with the school being so new, Coach Friedman will have plenty of young talent returning to work with.
Key Losses: RB Devin Contreras, RB Cody Witherrite, WR Tanner Walker, DL Chad Menneke, DB/K Mike Williams, DL Matt Kroll, HC Scott Heideman
Key Returners: QB Colin Hulse, LB Kris Sexton, DB Chris Russell, DL Steve Kallen, HC Dan Friedman
Kingman- Kingman's lone win came in week one versus Carl Hayden. They lost 9 straight and were shutout in 7 of those games. Numbers are thin again and most of their players go both ways. They host Valley Vista and Boulder Creek and those will be their best shots at wins.
Key Losses: DL Joseph Kephart, RB Jesse Ochoa, QB/DB Shaun Farrington
Key Returners: OL/DL Mike Riger, OL/DL Trey Gilleo
Valley Vista- Former Glendale head man Jason Wilke takes over this first year program.
24-7Football.com Preseason All 5A2 Northwest Region Team
RB- Bobby Thomas- Goldwater
RB- Aaron Thomas- Goldwater
TE- Billy Jenson- Goldwater
OL- Mike Riger- Kingman
OL- John May- Goldwater
OL- Trey Gilleo- Kingman
Return- Aaron Thomas- Goldwater
DL- Luis Salmon- Goldwater
DL- Steve Kallen- Boulder Creek
LB- Kris Sexton- Boulder Creek
DB- Aaron Thomas- Goldwater
DB- Garrett Lee- Goldwater
Coach of the Year- Ed Cook- Goldwater
Offensive Player of the
Defensive Player of the
5A2 Northwest Region Top 10 Players
3. Dante Sellers- OLB/QB- Deer Valley
4. Aaron Thomas- RB/DB- Goldwater
6. John May- OL- Goldwater
7. Bobby Tomas- RB- Goldwater
8. Ron Mallory- OL/DL- Deer Valley
9. BJ Scott (JR)- RB
10. Billy Jenson- TE- Goldwater