4A2 Grand Canyon Region Preview

We made it through all of 5A and this is the last team in 4A. Mingus is 24-7's early favorite to win the title.

4A2 Grand Canyon Region




Mingus and Flagstaff were the only teams with winning records last year and with what Mingus has coming back, they are the clear cut favorite to win the region title. I pick Bradshaw to be a bit of a sleeper. They have some quality players coming back and should go over the .500 mark.




1. Mingus

2. Bradshaw Mountain

3. Flagstaff

4. Coconino

5. Sinagua

6. Page




Mingus- Winning 10 games and making it to the 2nd round of the playoffs is always considered a successful season and I think the Marauders have what it takes to go deep in the playoffs again.


The biggest loss is at QB, where Brian Libby was an all region pick and 1000 yard passer. Junior Tony Vocca will be replacing him.They also lose RB Josh Miskiel and his 1000 yards on the ground. Mingus always has a very good ground attack and I suspect it will remain that way. Layton Dickerson returns after leading the team in rushing and receiving. He will have big Aaron Hauser back up front to block for him.


I like what Mingus returns on defense with Tim Austill back to try and repeat last year's 130 tackle 6 INT performance. DL Cory Ferguson and LB Emmanuel Hernandez will round out a very salty D.


Mingus is not only my early favorite to win the region but also my preseason #1 team in 4A2.


Key Losses: QB Brian Libby, RB Jon Miskiel, OL Casey Pelletier, DL Cory Ferguson, LB Travis Wokash, P Brandon Holmes


Key Returners: RB Layton Dickerson, OL Aaron Hauser, DL Joe Loehr, DB Tim Austill, LB Emmanuel Hernandez


Bradshaw Mountain- Bradshaw had an extremely tough schedule last year with 9 of their opponents being playoff teams, they went 3-7 and four of those losses were by 7 points or less. They return 26 lettermen and 12 starters from that squad including all region selections Matt Buehler (OL), Ben Pigg (DB/P) and Justin Kilduff (WR).


Offensively they return a solid core group of offensive linemen and it looks like Pigg will also be asked to carry the football more this year to replace the departed Levi Moore. Pigg was the team's second leading rusher last year as well as being an all region DB and P.


On D they must replace their five leading tacklers and some tough d-linemen.


The schedule is much more manageable and I think the Bears have the best shot at challenging my favorite Mingus for the region title.


Key Losses: DB Levi Moore, DL Phil Marchant, LB Tyler Do, LB Tim Holiday, DL Brenden Flygare, DB Tyler Padgett, RB Josh Hernandez


Key Returners: OL Matt Buehler, DB/P Ben Pigg, WR Justin Kilduff, LB Kevin Golleher, OL Kyle Arias, QB Marshall Bailey, LB Steve Dutson


Flagstaff- Flagstaff started the year hot winning 5 straight. They ended up going 8-4 and losing to AJ in the playoffs. Without a doubt their biggest loss was WR/DE James Brooks. He takes his game to ASU and was difference maker on both sides of the ball.


They also take loses at QB, RB, their top four receivers and top five tacklers but the biggest loss is head coach Craig Holland. New head coach Erik Affholter lucks about a little with drawing only three playoff teams on this year's schedule. Winning eight games again will be tough with their losses but I think they will be a .500 team.


Key Losses: RB Aaron Corbiere, OL Brad Shedd, WR/DE James Brooks, DB Keith Ryan, QB Luke Hawthorne, HC Craig Holland


Key Returners: OL Jarrett Shugart, K Jordan Brandel, DL Lias Hastings, HC Erik Affholter


Coconino- It was a rough year last season at Coconino. The varsity went 2-8 and the JVs went 0-8. Coach Ragan had to start from the ground up and his main goal this off-season was to get "more participation in the weight room." Some of the kids that Ragan says progressed well were DB Justin Betz and RB Jah Boone and he thinks Brady Nittman, Lucas Hull, Johnny Cordova and Amos Combrink will be pleasant surprises. Combrink spent time up with the varsity squad last season as a freshman and RB Cordova is a transfer from Copper Canyon that Ragan thinks could be a D1 kid next year.


They lose QB Will Atherton, their top four rushers and top five tacklers. Remaining competitive and getting a few wins under their belt will be the goal this year. Coach Ragan says, "For the most part we will be young and inexperienced. There are a lot of sophomores and juniors playing. This year we just want to be competitive."


Key Losses: LB Levi Daulton, QB/DB Will Atherton, RB Sean Marion, LB Matt Ortiz, WR Clay Burris


Key Returners: DB Josh Shirley, RB Johnny Cordova


Sinagua- Sinagua struggled last year. They went 2-8, only managed to score 132 points (50 in one game) and were shut out four times. This year they face a very tough schedule, six of their opponents made the playoffs last year.


Key Losses: OL Tony Diaz, WR Kenny Gundrum, DL Jose Solorzano,


Key Returners:


Page- Page was not very good last year… at all. They went 0-10, only scored 52 points all year and were shut out in seven games. They might have a chance at some wins as they play a couple of 3A schools this year.


Key Losses: LB Stetson Boone


Key Returners: RB Aaron Keisling, WR Cody Ripka


Coach of the Year- Bob Young- Mingus

Offensive Player of the Year- Layton Dickerson- RB- Mingus

Defensive Player of the Year- Timm Austill- DB- Mingus


4A2 Grand Canyon Region Top 10 Players


1. Layton Dickerson- RB- Mingus

2. Justin Kilduff- WR- Bradshaw

3. Aaron Hauser- OL- Mingus

4. Tim Austill- DB- Mingus

5. Ben Pigg- DB/P- Bradshaw

6. Jarrett Shugart- OL- Flagstaff

7. Lias Hastings- DL- Flagstaff

8. Joe Loehr- DL- Mingus

9. Matt Buehler- OL- Bradhsaw

10. Johnny Cordova (JR)- RB- Coconino

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