Cactus offense versus
Any discussion of the Cobra offense has to start with two words-Mike Brown. One of the state's elite backs regardless of classification, Brown rushed for over 1300-yards as a junior while spearheading Cactus to the West Valley Region title. Early in the season Cactus' offense will likely go as Brown goes, since inexperience dominates most of the other skill positions.
Like the Cactus offense it's hard to mention the Ram defense without first mentioning its star,
In their 2008 debut versus Coconino Johnson was outstanding at wide receiver, averaging over 30-yards a catch and scoring twice. Junior quarterback Daniel Gamiz showed promise in the opener as well, racking up over 200-yards passing with no interceptions. If the Rams find a consistent running game to complement their already dangerous passing attack they will give teams in their division a lot of fits.
Cactus looks promising on defense, with big defensive lineman Apollo Ford returning along with linebacker standouts Philip Pollock and Ben Monarrez. Seniors Ryan Wescott and Kandon Thomas will be counted on to anchor the Cobra secondary.
Cactus has long been one of the state's elite programs and should not have its departures overstated-Coach Larry Fetkenhier has replaced great athletes in the past with little or no ill effect on the program, and there's no reason to expect that trend to end this season. You can almost expect Cactus to have an awesome offense and a great kicking game year after year, regardless of personnel.
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Brophy offense versus
In their August 23rd opener against
In their eye-opening victory over nationally-reknowned Booker T. Washington of
Perhaps one of the most anticipated head-to-head matchups we will see all season-Hamilton rolled up over 400 yards of offense in
If anything can be read from their season opener it's that
With all the fanfare being (deservedly) bestowed upon the Hamilton offense it would be easy to say they have the decided edge against the Bronco D; to do so is a foolish mistake, as Brophy sports an experienced, salty defense that might be the best in all of Arizona. Things start on the defensive line for Brophy, where Stanford-commit Trent Murphy joins fellow top prospects Mike Tree and Seyi Adebayo in creating a frightening front. Versus Gorman the Bronco defense was particularly unforgiving, limiting the much bigger Gaels to a single touchdown and 125 yards of total offense-if there's a defense in the state that can stop
Coach Steve Belles' biggest task might be to keep his squad grounded going into Friday night-most saw the
It will be interesting to see what offensive adjustments Brophy has made in the nearly two week span since the showdown with Gorman (if any at all). As tough as their defense might be, it's hard to imagine the Broncos beating