The season doesn't go in to full tilt until next Friday but Brophy and Salpointe face off tonight to kick off the season for Arizona high school football. A handful of other games will be played on Friday and their is the big event up at NAU featuring eight games.
I wanted to start my rankings next week but it just didn't feel right with the season about to open, so I started with a top 5 in 5A1-4A2. I will more than likely do a top 10 during the season but here is just a glimpse on my early take on the season ahead.
4. Red Mountain
5. Desert Vista
Others I considered: Basha, Buena, Corona, Mt. Ridge, Mt. View, Salpointe, St. Mary's
5. Marcos de Niza
Others: Cibola, Deer Valley, Horizon, Ironwood, Ironwood Ridge, Marana Mt. View, North, Pinnacle
Others: Canyon del Oro, Cienega, Independence, Millennium, Paradise Valley
3. Notre Dame
5. Bradshaw Mountain
Others: Arcadia, Glendale, Higley, Moon Valley, Palo Verde, Queen Creek, Seton Catholic
I will continue with region previews and preseason all state teams this week. I will try and bag out a couple per day.