Team: Mountain Ridge
Mascot: Mountain Lions
Head coach: Bobby Green
2006 Record: 5-6
8/23- Scrimmage vs.
9/7- @ Chavez
9/14- @ Skyline
9/20- @ Pinnacle
9/28- Tolleson (Homecoming)
10/19- Desert Mountain
10/26- @ St. Mary's
11/2- @ Brophy
Key Losses: DL Austin Duty, LB Jacob Jaycox, WR/CB Jon Ott, WR Ricky Fox, DB Bobby House, FB/LB Austin Wales
The Mountain Lions were up and
down last year. They started the year off in a rough way, going 0-4 to start the
year with three of those losses coming to playoff teams. They ended up
regrouping, winning the next four to get back to .500. A week 10 win over
Coach Green has some tools to work
with; he has a young team that he thinks progressed well over the off-season. "I
am proud of the way the team worked out this summer. They worked extremely
hard. We should be stronger and
quicker in all areas this year", states Green. The team showed well in passing
league, they participated at NAU, UofA,
Mt. Ridge was pretty young last year and they return 22 players off of last year's roster including 11 sophomores. They also will benefit from the players from their 4-2-2 JV team. That team went undefeated as freshmen and still managed to win 4 games with 11 of their top players up on the varsity.
Defensively, all three linebackers are back in the starting lineup and all will only be juniors. All region DE Mike Brown is returns and Niutei also plays along the d-line. The secondary loses ball hawk Jon Ott but he was out quite a bit with injuries last year and Ryan King stepped up and was an all region pick.
Coach Green adds, "I think we have the potential to be a very good team this year. We return 7 starters on the defense and 7 on the offense. Both lines will improve and we are deep at key positions both offensively and defensively. I think that we are better balanced this year, a year older and we should be able to play well against all of our opponents. If we can stay healthy, we have as good a chance as anyone this year."
We will know exactly where Ridge stands in week one as they open up with an always tough Sunnyside team. I am also looking forward to their week 10 game at Brophy. Mt. Ridge returns enough players at key positions that they could push Brophy for the region title and be a force in the 5A ranks.