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Desert Ridge assistant coach Angelo Paffumi and his Jaguar players celebrate their victory over Desert Vista in a 5A-I state semifinal playoff game in 2010. Paffumi is expected to be named Skyline's new football coach, pending Mesa school district board approval on Tuesday night.
Angelo Paffumi is fired up.
Desert Ridge assistant Angelo Paffumi is expected to be the new Skyline football coach, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
Bentley Crandell had two touchdowns to lead visiting Skyline to a 40-7 victory over host-Kingman, Friday, making Angelo Paffumi a winner in his first game as a head coach.
Skyline coach Angelo Paffumi watches as his team takes on Phoenix Maryvale on Sept. 27, 2013.
Skyline coach Angelo Paffumi,right, talks to his team during a timeout while taking on Desert Ridge, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Skyline coach Angelo Paffumi yells at his team while on the sidelines while taking on Desert Ridge, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Red Mountain's Alyssa Fernandez is thrown out at second while trying to steal the base as Desert Ridge second baseman Alexis Paffumi catches the ball in the Division I Softball State Tournament , Monday, May 6, 2013 in Phoenix at the Rose Mofford Softball Complex. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Given what happened with Hamilton and Chandler, the latest wonderment is whether Desert Ridge is the best team not named Mountain Pointe. The Jaguars have made a pretty good case for themselves, and with Taren Morrison running rampant and brother, Tarek, slowly evolving as he gains more confidence in his knee from last year’s severe injury. The Jaguars will (and can) run the ball with anyone, though a closing stretch of Red Mountain, Desert Mountain and Mountain View will be a bit more telling. Speaking of telling, Skyline had its excellent start to 2013 punctured a bit last by Mountain View, and the rest of the slate is brutal (Desert Ridge, Desert Mountain, Mesa, Red Mountain). Skyline has clearly made strides in what’s a long journey for Angelo Paffumi’s program, but Desert Ridge is a whole other level offensively and defensively. Someday, perhaps, they’ll be mirror images of one another, but the Coyotes aren’t there yet, and that’s actually nothing to be negative about...
Prediction: Desert Ridge 37, Skyline 17
-- Mark Heller
Outlook: By the standards set at Skyline in past years, 2012 was a successful one for the team’s football program. The Coyotes finished 5-5, including victories over Dobson and Mesa for the first time in school history. The team missed the state tournament, but the baby steps forward were an improvement on previous seasons.
What a great start for Skyline at 5-0, which not only matches last year’s win total, but the most wins at the school since 2008. Wins against Corona del Sol and Gilbert are most impressive for Angelo Paffumi’s bunch. Now, however, comes the big-time underdog role: Mountain View, Desert Ridge, Desert Mountain, Mesa and Red Mountain is the remaining schedule. Here comes the real litmus test. Mountain View has been tested a few times (Anthem Boulder Creek and Highland in wins, Pinnacle in a close loss last week). The depth favors Mountain View, but the Toros would be wise to not waltz in on assumptions this is the same ol’ Skyline team. Toros coach Chad DeGrenier and co. are going to make sure of it, but if the Coyotes can win the turnover battle by at least a plus-2 differential, and effectively run against the Toros for both balance and to keep Mountain View’s offense on the sideline, an upset would be in the works. That’s still asking a lot to go right on Skyline’s end, but it’ll be a better game than last year’s 42-0 blowout.
Prediction: Mountain View 41, Skyline 21
-- Mark Heller
Desert Ridge defeated visiting Skyline, 42-19 on Friday for the Jaguars' sixth consecutive win for the Jaguars.
Skyline football coach Angelo Paffumi is happy with the start to the season, but knows things will get harder.
It wasn’t a pretty win by any stretch of the imagination, but Skyline coach Angelo Paffumi is just happy to have the victory.
After lean years, Combs, Mesquite and Skyline are back in postseason, but see it as only a step in each program's respective climb upward
Skyline started its 2013 campaign with a 42-0 win over St. Mary’s.
It was a classic high school football game Friday night between two teams looking to make it into the Division l playoffs. When the dust cleared Desert Mountain won a 50-49 thriller over Skyline in a game loaded with playoff implications.
Over the years, Desert Ridge has been able to handle Skyline, beating them handily the last several seasons.
This week’s high school football “epicenter” moves to Ahwatukee for the much-anticipated Hamilton vs. Mountain Pointe tilt — and understandably so — but it’s also shaping up to be a top-notch schedule around the East Valley, and a pivotal one for some undefeated teams to have their mettle tested.
Two weeks into this football season — yes it’s a tiny sample size — we know Hamilton, Mountain Pointe, Desert Ridge and Chandler have risen to the Division I elite. We know Chaparral will remain elite despite last week’s thumping by Marcos de Niza (whom we didn’t quite know if the Padres would remain elite, but they’re 2-0). We know Queen Creek, Williams Field, Saguaro and Seton Catholic are all really good.
Sometimes all you need is to simply finish what you’ve started.
Seemingly in control, having shut down the Mesa ground game and taking a 14-0 lead by halftime, Skyline looked to have its second win over a Mesa school this year.
The pressure mounts as each round progresses in the Division I state softball tournament, and pitchers can often feel isolated in the circle when they run into trouble.