Last season's representative in
the playoffs from this region was Casa Grande and they move out of the region
and new comer Gila Ridge joins. The region will now be made up entirely of
4. San Luis
5. Gila Ridge- Will not field varsity team
Cibola- Cibola started the year off with a tough schedule. They played Tolleson (win), Westwood (loss), Goldwater (win) and Basha (loss) in first four games and managed to pull of two wins. Very respectable. They won the next five straight and lost Casa Grande in week 10 by two points to just miss out on the playoffs. That team was a senior dominated team with nearly 30 players moving on due to graduation. They lose their quarterback and top wideout but running back Brandon Hall is back after rushing for over 1200 yards and 8 TDs. Wide receiver Jacob Snyder pitched in 300 yards receiving and Hall had another 200.
On defense, Josh Tamayo and Ryan Price accounted for nearly 200 tackles and should be two of the top defenders in
the region again. The cupboard is not bare for
Key Losses: QB Jared Lackey, RB/LB Danny Hayworth, TE Mike Schlageck
Key Returners: RB Brandon Hall, LB Josh Tamayo, LB Ryan Price
Yuma- 3-7 is how
Kofa- Kofa struggled to a 1-9 record last year behind a tough schedule of seven playoff teams. They were held to 20 points or less in eight of those games and their lone win came against winless San Luis. They have a much more manageable schedule this year with games against Carl Hayden, Yuma Catholic and San Luis. Beating last year's win total is possible but I don't expect them to be above .500.
San Luis- San Luis was a 4A school a few
years ago but petitioned to move up to 5A to stay in a region with other
Gila Ridge- Will be coached by former