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Highland’s hopes rest in Fiesta Region play

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 9:40 pm | Updated: 11:28 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Fiesta Region is Gilbert Highland’s home, and if the Hawks are going to flock to the playoffs under second-year coach Pete Wahlheim they must find some success in the region. Not win it mind you, just nab a game or two.

The Hawks won four of their first five games last season, beating teams they and their fans expected to — Phoenix Trevor Browne, Phoenix Central, Tolleson and Yuma Kofa.

The momentum from those games carried over to perhaps one game, a 14-13 loss to Chandler the first week of region play. After that, four more losses ensued and none in the region were close. That must change this year if the postseason is a goal.

“You have to win in your region somehow,” Wahlheim said. “It’s hard to do, but everyone else in our region won at least a game and they all made the playoffs.

“We lost a one-point game and three-point game the second half of the season. We have to learn to win close games.”

Wahlheim likes what he’s seen so far heading into Highland’s season opener tonight at Trevor Browne. This year’s team is stronger although its size is by no means overwhelming.

“We don’t have any stars. It’s going to take everyone’s best effort,” Wahlheim said. “We’re a blue-collar team. That’s the style we’ll have to play to win.

“We forced our system on the kids last year. Things won’t be as new as they were so I think that’s going to help us.”

Highland returns one of its top five rushers and just one of its top three receivers. The offensive line has the most experience of any segment of the offense. They’ll be the guiding force to the success of the skill players, who are not flashy or blessed with blazing speed.

The defensive line and secondary are the strengths of the returning players on defense.



No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
2 Jamison Ellis WR-DB 6-0 160 So.
3 Drew Davis QB-DB 5-11 180 Sr.
4 Elijah Pillsbury WR-DB 6-1 185 Sr.
5 James Pazos QB-LB 6-3 220 Sr.
7 Kyson Lamb TE-DL 6-5 230 Sr.
8 Cole Patterson RB-DB 5-9 160 Jr.
9 Ty Johnson FB-DB 5-10 180 Sr.
10 Kyle Gallo WR-DB 5-11 180 Sr.
11 Drew Emmanuel TE-DB 6-3 205 Jr.
12 Scott Lesueur WR-DB 6-1 180 Jr.
14 Jake DeGracie RB-DB 5-10 175 Sr.
15 Parker Rasmussen QB-RB 5-10 155 Fr.
16 Patrick Shaw WR-DB 5-11 180 Jr.
17 Tanner Johnson WR-DB 6-0 175 Sr.
18 William Shaw WR-DB 6-2 212 Jr.
21 Christian Ives RB-DB 5-6 155 Jr.
22 Taniela Tauveli FB-DL 6-0 210 Sr.
23 Robert Harrison WR-DB 6-0 170 Jr.
24 Eli West FB-LB 5-11 190 Sr.
25 Eric San Diego RB-S 5-9 160 Jr.
33 Cameron Clemente DL-TB 5-10 180 Jr.
34 Jordan Klingensmith RB-DL 5-9 165 Sr.
35 Daniel Dadasiewicz RB-DB 5-7 155 Sr.
42 Blake Edwards RB-LB 5-9 180 Sr.
43 Brett Ignatowski FB-LB 5-8 170 Sr.
44 Colton Randolph FB-LB 5-01 190 So.
50 Nate Adams OL-DL 6-3 230 Sr.
53 Shane Hostenske OL-LB 6-0 180 Sr.
55 Taylor Bluebaugh OL-LB 5-8 185 Sr.
57 Sean O'Connell OL-DL 5-11 225 Jr.
60 Jared Ashton OL-DL 5-10 220 Sr.
61 Michael Riggs OL-LB 5-8 175 Jr.
63 Grant Parker OL-DL 6-3 230 So.
65 Spencer Archondous OL-DL 6-0 200 Sr.
66 Lucas Plzak OL-DL 6-1 195 Sr.
70 Andrew LeBaron OL-DL 6-2 265 Sr.
74 Jake Parker OL-DL 6-0 165 Sr.
75 Michael Volrich OL-DL 5-10 201 Jr.
76 Marcelo Blancett OL-DL 5-6 200 Sr.
77 Tauvaga Ili OL-DL 6-3 225 Sr.
78 Sefita Vaki OL-DL 6-3 275 Sr.
79 Chip Sarafin OL-DL 6-8 305 Jr.
80 Travis Hatch WR-DB 6-0 165 Sr.
81 Austin Randall WR-DB 6-0 165 Sr.
84 Joseph Madaghiele WR-DB 6-0 160 Sr.
87 Josh Zahn K 6-0 180 Sr.
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