Keeping players like quarterback Emanuel Gant, left, in the program is one of the keys for the improvement at Tempe High. Gant, a sophomore, is developing into one of the best QBs in the state.
VX preseason football rankings: Division III
10. Agua Fria — Several impact offensive starters return, including RB Jordan Green (1,196 rushing yards) and WR Marquice Paige (644 rec. yards, 803 rush yards). The defense has some holes to fill but another winning season is likely.
9. Peoria — It was a transition year for Panthers in 2012 as they suffered their first losing season since 2005, but several offensive pieces are in place for a turnaround season.
8. Tempe — Depth is an issue, but QB Emanuel Gant (pictured above) returns, as do top weapons Sebastian Watkins and Massiah Smith. With the addition of RB Kamron Johnson from Marcos de Niza, the Buffaloes should score points, but they must stop people on the other end.
Tyler Bloom, Higley: 374 yards, 2 TD
Emanuel Gant, Tempe (pictured): 307 yards, TD
Kyle Allen, Desert Mountain: 257 yards
Brennen Dobson, Red Mountain: 239 yards
Dalton Sneed, Horizon: 238 yards, 4 TD
Sean Paul Brophy, Chaparral: 230 yards, TD
John Clark, Mountain View: 229 yards
Brian Lewerke, Pinnacle: 217 yards, 2 TD
Bryce Perkins, Chandler: 191 yards, 2 TD
Daniel Bridge-Gadd, Paradise Valley: 185 yards, 4 TD
Josh Eckley, Marcos de Niza: 185 yards, 3 TD