Chandler High receiver-tight end Dion Jordan has left the Maricopa County Burn Unit for a stint at Scottsdale Health Center Rehab Hospital, Chandler coach Jim Ewan said.
Jordan, who suffered burns over 30 percent of his body a month ago in a gas-siphoning accident, is undergoing rehab at the new location.
“He’s got a lot of work ahead,” Ewan said. “He has therapy for 1 1/2 hours to three hours a day, six days a week. And he’s going to start doing school work again. He hasn’t been able to do any for the last month.”
Much of the East Valley, as well as schools outside the area, have devoted time for fundraising to help Jordan and his family offset medical costs. Chandler Hamilton will make a presentation to Chandler and Jordan’s family as a result of a fundraising effort conducted over the past three to four weeks. Schools in Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert and Glendale also have gone the extra mile for the cause.
“We have a pretty intense rivalry with Hamilton,” Ewan said. “But it’s things like this that put things in perspective, and I think are more representative of relationships with opponents in the long run. Sometimes perspectives can get out of whack.”
Chandler quarterback Payton Lacivita is questionable for Friday’s showdown with top-ranked Hamilton.
Lacivita suffered a bruised hip in the third period of the Wolves’ 28-21 victory over Gilbert. Sophomore Kyle Yount replaced Lacivita and completed 6 of 8 passes for 44 yards in his varsity debut. Yount played most of the season on the Wolves’ junior varsity.
MCCLINTOCK LB COMMITS
Tempe McClintock linebacker David Blair has committed to UNLV.
Blair took his official visit to see the Rebels two weekends ago and had also visited San Diego State.
“I think UNLV got themselves an excellent linebacker who has a chance to be even better at the next level,” McClintock coach Mike Gibbons said. “He’s got a lot of potential for growth.”
Blair leads the team with 121 tackles this season.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Notre Dame Prep quarterback Sean Renfree has won his third consecutive offensive Scottsdale Quarterback Club Player of the Week award. He was 12-for-20 for 331 yards and six touchdowns in just one half of play on Friday against Phoenix Cortez.
Horizon’s Shem Casey earned defensive player of the week honors with a team-high eight tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in a loss to Mesa Desert Ridge.
Mesa Red Mountain running back Jarison Johnson’s 209 rushing yards last Friday against Mesa Mountain View allowed the senior to become the school’s career rushing leader. Johnson has 2,473 yards to date. That betters the mark of 2,334 set in 2002-2003 by Montrell Boysten.
Staff writers Matt Paulson and Kyle Odegard contributed to this report