Team Previews

24-7 talks with several about their program, their team's off season and a look into '09. We start with Basha, Pinnacle and PV.

Right now is a slow time, recruiting is down and we are just starting summer camps. To help pass the time, I sent a mass email out to all of the 4A and 5A coaches, asking them a simple series of questions about their program. I got some great responses and feedback. I will release them a couple at a time. Here are the first three schools that responded. Enjoy.

 

Pinnacle – HC Dana Zupke

 

2008 Record

5-6

 

New Region

Desert Valley

 

Thoughts on New Region

Very Tough!  Every team can win it.

 

# of Returning Starters

12:  5 on offense, 7 on defense

 

Focus on Spring Ball

Installation of Offense and Defense

 

How you thought Spring ball/7 on 7 went

Very Well

 

Surprise player coming out of Spring

Conner Wessel and Conner Jeffries (Returning WR and RB respectively)

 

JV player that will make impact

Neal Walters and Eddie Ellis

 

Goals for 2009

To win region/state

 

Players that have stood out to you this summer

Neal Walters, Zach Tirman - both TEs had great summers

 

Basha – HC Tim McBurney

 

2008 Record 

6-5  Lost to Brophy in 1st round of Playoffs

 

New Region 

Central – Corona del Sol / Dobson / Gilbert / Highland / Mesquite / Mountain View

 

Thoughts on New Region

4 Playoffs teams from last year

 

# of Returning Starters

3 on defense  / 6 on Offense

 

Focus on Spring Ball

Speed

 

How you thought Spring ball/7 on 7 went

Lineman won A.S.U.'s Friday nigh Lineman competition / 7 on 7 won Championship Bracket of the San Diego State University 7 on 7 tournament 27-13 over Hamilton

 

Surprise player coming out of Spring

Transfer from Texas - Dejon Walker WR  6' 3"  210 lbs. Transfer from Goldwater  -Bobby Calvin RB 6' 1"  205lbs  / 4.6- 40

 

JV player that will make impact

Clay Karger WR/Dhane Cumberledge DT/Zach Williams LB

 

Goals for 2009

Win 5A1 State Championship

 

Players that have stood out to you this summer

Richard Parker 4.43 –40 WR 

Mike Benjamin QB Returning Starter

Jared Jones -LB starter since Soph year

Justin Gardner –OT starter since Soph year-Ranked #1 in his class

John Dillon TE/DE returning 2 way starter

Jacob Smith DT - state place in Wrestling

Terry Perkins – DB

Brandon Williams – Returning Starter OL

Cody Roberts – Returning Starter OL

 

Paradise Valley – HC Donnie Yantis

 

2008 Record

9-3

 

New Region

Region with Cactus, Greenway, Tbird, Cortez, and Washington

 

Thoughts on New Region

Tough top half of region. You can't underestimate Washington either, they always field a dangerous team.

 

# of Returning Starters

6 returning off starters, 6 on defense

 

Focus on Spring Ball

Spring ball focus was on fundamentals, kicking game, installing new offense and defense

 

Surprise Player that Emerged out of Spring/ 7 on 7

Surprising players in Spring - Jake Brown as a kicker, his sophomore brother Zack as a punter

 

JV player from last year expected to make an impact

JV players making an impact from last year, Joe Sabye, SS 6'2 180

 

Goals of 2009

Goals - Take one at a time, get more experienced each week, as always, get in the playoffs and host a home game or two.

 

Top Players for 09

Kevin Spain QB 6'2 190

Jake Brown - LB/RB/K  5'11  220

Tyree Parker - RB/LB 5'11  218

Cyrus Way - OL/LB   6 '   230

Travis Ramirez - TE/RB/LB   5'10  225

Joe Wylezik - OL/DL   6'2 250

Austen Salazar - OL/DL  6'1  250

Shawn Gleason  - 5' 11  170  FS/WR


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