Paradise Valley Preseason Preview

24-7football.com takes a look at the Paradise Valley Trojans.

Team: Paradise Valley
Mascot: Trojans

City: Phoenix

Head coach: Donnie Yantis

2006 Record: 4-7

Region: 4A1 Desert Sky

 

Schedule

 

8/31- @ O'Connor

9/7- @ Lake Havasu

9/14- Apollo

9/20- Cactus Shadows

9/28- @ Saguaro

10/5- McClintock

10/12- @ Apache Junction

10/19- Peoria

10/26- @ Chaparral

11/2- Shadow Mountain

 

Key Losses: RB Mike Williams, OL Alex Miller, OL/DL Victor Atteh, RB Charles Hubbard, DB Jacob Intorcia, LB Jacob Igono, OL Anthony Walker

 

Key Returners: WR Chris McFaul, DB Dylan Borys, QB Grant O'Brien, OL Nick Sabye, K Danny Compton, WR/DB Ebo Makinde

 

Breakdown

 

PV went 4-7 last year and lost to all seven of the playoff teams they faced. They lost three of those games by a total of 9 points so the season's record looks worse then it actually was.

 

They move down from 5A2 and into a very tough Desert Sky region and it hurts losing 2400 yards in rushing from Mike Williams' and Charles Hubbard's graduation. It looks like sophomores Tyree Parker and Jake Brown will be their replacements. Head coach Donnie Yantis describes Parker as a "very fast, powerful explosive kid."

 

Their pitch and catch combo of Grant O'Brien to Chris McFaul returns and Coach Yantis feels that O'Brien "will be one of the better QBs in 4A. (He is) very intelligent and has really developed and worked hard all summer on his game." Yantis also thinks WR/DB Ebo Makinde is the "real deal" and expects good things from him.

 

The PV offense has always been productive and it hurts when you lose three all region o-linemen. Jason Schartz and Nick Sabye will be asked to step it up. Sabye has gained 35 pounds and is getting interest from a few D1 programs. Yantis says that Nick is "one of the hardest workers in the program."

 

PV has quite often used many of their players on both sides of the ball and many of the above mentioned kids will be asked to do so.

 

Strengths according to Coach Yantis: "Athletes, we have more athletes and depth then in the past. (We have) great team chemistry, the kids are really coming together as a group, could be a special group…very young though. The kicking game should be a strength."

 

Their schedule is tough but you can always count on PV being a solid squad. The move down to 4A will not be as easy as some people may think, especially landing in this region, but with 24 players returning and the addition of the kids from a 6-3 JV squad, don't underestimate them.


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