5A2 Gila Valley Region Preview

24-7Football.com finsihes up the 5A2 region previews with a look at the 5A2 Gila Valley Region.

5A2 Gila Valley Region

 

Bottomline

 

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 schools from Yuma. Cibola was the top team in the city last year and it was not even close. They went 7-3 while the other three teams combined for four wins.

 

Prediction

 

1. Cibola

2. Yuma

3. Kofa

4. San Luis

5. Gila Ridge- Will not field varsity team

 

Breakdown

 

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 Cibola and this is why I pick them as my preseason favorite to win the region. Plus they have only one team on their schedule that made the playoffs last year (Corona) so another season above .500 is attainable.

 

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 Yuma finished up last year. They played tough in most games but in the end depth probably hurt their chances the most. They have probably the toughest schedule of the Yuma team's with their first seven opponents all being playoff participants last year.

 

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 Yuma schools to cut down on travel costs. The team has struggled against the bigger schools. Last year they did not score more then 14 points in a game and gave up 40 points per game on average. The good news is that over half of their roster returns and they have some winnable games on their roster. They have no where to go but up.

 

Gila Ridge- Will be coached by former New Mexico State linebacker and a former teammate of mine Simon O'Campo. Father Al used to be the head coach at Flowing Wells and is the head coach at Eloy Santa Cruz Valley, two older brothers are head coaches in New Mexico and that is where Simon coached last year at Pojoaque High School.


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