Team Previews: VI

Thoughts from coaches at Hamilton, Mesa High and Mingus

Hamilton – Asst. Coach Mike Johnstone and head coach Steve Belles


2008 Record



New Region

Fiesta - Brophy, Chandler, Desert Vista, Mesa, Red Mountain


Returning Starters



Spring Ball Recap

Spring practice went very well.  We had a few players that were recovering from off season surgery so it gave several other players the opportunity to show what they could do against varsity competition.  We were pleasantly surprised to see just how well our sophomores played and picked up our systems.  Our veterans did not disappoint either.  Several players were able to capitalize on what they learned from our seniors from last season and take their game to a new level.  It was great to see that we did not have to go back and "re-teach" any of our players from last season.  They took their off season conditioning program seriously and it allowed our coaching staff to open the play book a little more than we normally would during spring ball.


7-on-7 Recap

The tournaments that we played in this season were extremely competitive.  We faced several programs that we are going to meet later in the season and it gave our players an idea of where we need to be heading into the first practice of the season.  It also gave us a chance to see how well our new players played within the system.  I think it helped them realize their responsibilities and the rules they need to follow to make every play as successful as it can be.


Surprise Player This Spring

WR Steve Hanson.  I am not sure if this is much of a surprise for our players and coaching staff, but for those outside of our program really noticed Steve and his ability to keep our offense moving throughout the Spring and Summer.  He has a unique ability find ways to get open and to catch every ball thrown in his direction.  He is a special player and one that we need to continue our success here at Hamilton.


JV Player that will make an impact

WR/QB Kyren Poe.  Kyren opened our coaching staffs eyes to his incredible athletic ability on one of his first plays from scrimmage this past Spring.  At 6' 3", 185lbs, Kyren showed that he can pick up an offense quickly and adapt to several positions on the field.  He rotated in at QB during Spring practice, but hurt his shoulder and limited his ability to throw.  He was then moved to WR where he made an immediate impact.  He shoulder injury recovered enough to lead our 7-on-7 team to a championship at the Surprise Tournament in June.  Kyren has a tremendous worth ethic and a total "team before me" attitude.  He has finally hit the recruiting radar for a few teams and his future looks to be very bright at the QB and/or WR position.


Goals for 2009

Win the 5A-1 State Championship


Players that stood out this Summer:

QB:  Travis Dean, Kyren Poe

WR: Steve Hansen, Tanner Clay

TE:  Zach Parrish

DL:  Tevin Hood

LB:  Ben Peters, Tyler Rutt

DB: Devon Carrington, Cedric Parker


Mesa High – head coach Kelly Moore


2008 Record



Thoughts on New Region

The new region is definitely going to cause a positive reaction for our work ethic.  If it doesn't improve it will get ugly.


# of Returning Starters

6 returning starters


How did Spring ball and 7 on 7 go?

Spring ball was well received by the players.  Very focused. 7 on 7 went well for the most part.  We usually do poorly initially.  However, we definitely played with every one.


Surprise player coming out of Spring ball

Fernando Mungia & Kolter Anderson


JV Player Expected to Make an Impact

There are a number of 08 JV players that we expect ot contribute.  Geoff Turnbull, Chase Allen, Fernando Mungia, Anthony Garcia, Asure McMillan.


Goal for 2009

Our goal for the year is to play like the Mesa of yore every day and every play.


Stand out players for the summer

Devontae Kellybrew, Ely Lozano, Marquis Parhmms, Jaymen Green


Mingus – head coach Bon Young


2008 Record

9-3/ Lost to Notre Dame in 2nd Round of State


# of Returning Starters

6 Returning Starters on Defense/ 3 Returning Starters on Offense


Goal for 2009

Win State ( Beat Notre Dame !!! )


Top Players

Logan Islas Sr LB 6'0 210

Tanner Drake Sr LB 5'10 190

Joel Bissen Sr OL 6'0 220

Devin Martinez Sr TE/ DE 6'3 240 (Transfer from Bradshaw)

Nick Alred Jr QB 6'1 180

Carson Sandoval Jr RB/DB 5'10 170

Juan Gonzalez Jr RB/DB 5'10 190

Beau Godwin Sr OL/DE 6'3 220


Our Offensive Line is much improved and I like our depth at the skill positions. Nick Alred takes over for Tony Vocca, a tough set of shoes to fill but Nick is a great athlete and we feel he will do fine. This could be our best defense in years. We are excited for a better 4A II with Cactus & PV coming in; it will be tough to win it all.

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