4A1 Kino Region
This region is a mixture of last season's Kino and Sonoran. Tradition would tell me that Sabino and Cienega are the favorites and I pick it that way but they both take some heavy losses and things may be up for grabs.
5. Desert View
6. Flowing Wells
Sabino- Sabino has been one of the top
teams in all of
There will be some hard times and a need to regroup. Gone is QB Justin Randall, gone is RB Chris Lundgren's 1300 yards rushing, gone are the top five rushers, gone are the top four receivers, gone are their top five tacklers and top three sack leaders. Sabino does return two of the top two way linemen in the region in Lucas Volk and Jason Nottingham and they return a very solid kicking.
No one said getting back to the title game would be easy but I like the Sabercats chances at winning this region.
Key Losses: RB Chris Lundgren, OL Mike Dillon, OL Clint Napier, DL Joe Labrie, LB Ben Hannah, DB Travis Graham
Key Returners: OL/DL Lucas Volk, DT Jason
Cienega- Let's not get it twisted,
Cienega has many holes to fill. They lose their QB, RB, WR, K and top OL/DL. The
reason I have Cienega picked to finish this high is simply because they have
been one of the class teams of
Sixteen sophomores played on varsity last year and will be sorely needed to fill some of these gaps left by graduation. This is a team that averaged over 30 points per game and I cannot see them falling off too much.
Key Losses: QB Joe Arreguin, RB Jesus Short, WR Bryce Burnett, OL/DL Kurt Vanderkolk, K Dean Stock, OL Manny Carrillo, DL Chris Atkins, LB Nick White, DB Anthony Abeyta, DB Javier Toscano
Key Returners: LB Greg Taylor, OL/DL Zach Davila
Sahuaro- Going 6-4 in the regular season and making a trip to the playoffs is a successful season no matter who you ask. Last year they faced some tough teams and more then held their own.
Sahauro losses RB Casey McGrew and
his 1700 yards rushing but two way all region pick Ricky Soloman has the
capability to pick up where McGrew left off. Soloman and LB Danny Alvarez will
Sahuaro plays their fair share of tough games but I can see them going .500 again.
Key Losses: RB Casey McGrew, OL Justin Eikenberry, OL Carlos Reyes, OL Mark Palenzuela, DB Kiefer Thornton, DL Max Genung, DL Josh Marrufo
Key Returners: OL Brett Jividen, LB Danny Alvarez, RB/DB Ricky Soloman,
Nogales- Many people were surprised when
The bad thing is that over 20 seniors depart from that team including most of their offensive line. QB Miguel Maldanado returns as does his top receiver, junior Andy Garcia. LB Abel Sanchez is back to lead the defense along with DB Edgar Villegas.
Repeating last year's 7 win season
may be tough for
Key Losses: OL Ben Bachelier, RB Daniel Navarro, TE Kyle Marquez, LB Fernando Martinez, DL Lucas Macias, DL Nick Valenzuela
Key Returners: QB Miguel Maldanado, WR Andy Garcia, LB Abel Sanchez, K Juan Espedequeta
Desert View- New head coach Jim Monaco inherits a team that went 3-7 last year. Three of their losses were by seven points or less so things would have looked much better had a few balls bounced their way. Twenty players are back including all region LB AJ Willis. Willis will also start in the backfield and is a threat to take it to the house at any time.
The defense looks salty with Willis, DB Lee Abraham and DL Rene Robles back. The offense takes a huge hit with the departure of dual threat QB Nico Hosthenhausler.
DV has some winnable games on their schedule and I would not be surprised to see them surpass last year's three win total.
Key Losses: OL David Vargas, QB Nico Hosthenhausler, DL Joesph Martinez, WR Michale Spencer, K Dan Williams, HC David Rodriguez
Key Returners: LB AJ Willis, DB Lee Abraham, DL
Rene Robles, HC Jim
Flowing Wells- Bottom line is Flowing Wells
struggled last season to a 1-9 record. Their lone win came over a winless
Key Losses: RB Carlos Valenzuela, WR Craig Hogan
Key Returners: QB Mike Knitkowski
24-7Football.com Preseason All Kino Region Team
QB- Miguel Maldanado-
RB- Ricky Soloman- Sahuaro
RB- AJ Willis- Desert View
WR- Andy Garcia (JR)-
TE- Jared Nielson- Flowing Wells
OL- Zach Davila- Cienega
OL- Brett Jividen- Sahuaro
OL- Lucas Volk- Sabino
OL- Will Walker- Cienega
OL- Jason Nottingham- Sabino
K- Bobby Bird- Sabino
Return- Ricky Soloman- Sahuaro
DL- Lucas Volk- Sabino
DL- Jason Nottingham- Sabino
DL- Zach Davila- Cienega
LB- Danny Alvarez- Sahuaro
LB- Greg Taylor- Cienega
LB- AJ Willis- Desert View
DB- Edgar Villegas-
DB- Ricky Soloman- Sahuaro
DB- Mark Dragosolovich- Sabino
P- Ruben Aguilar (JR)- Sahuaro
Coach of the Year- Jay Campos- Sabino
Offensive Player of the Year- Ricky Soloman- RB- Sahuaro
Defensive Player of the Year- Lucas Volk- DL- Sabino
4A1 Kino Region Top 10 Players
1. Ricky Soloman- RB/DB- Sahuaro
2. Lucas Volk- OL/DL- Sabino
3. AJ Willis- RB/LB- Desert View
4. Zach Davila- OL/DL- Cienega
5. Lee Abraham- WR/DB- Desert View
6. Andy Garcia (JR)- WR- Nogales
7. Brett Jividen- OL- Sahuaro
8. Greg Taylor- LB- Cienega
9. Edgar Villegas- DB- Nogales
10. Jason Nottingham- OL/DL- Sabino