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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 9:45 pm | Updated: 10:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The difference between Chandler Hamilton coach Steve Belles’ first year and second year guiding the Huskies was one fewer win. A 13-1 campaign followed by a 12-1. That single discrepancy in record was not playing in the title game and hence not winning the championship.

Belles can’t guarantee a title, but he and his staff will do their best to make sure one thing happens this time around that seemed to be missing last year.

“The name of the game is to get better as we go,” Belles said. “Last year, I’m not sure that happened. We felt good going into the playoffs after Chandler (a 46-0 win), but we didn’t play that well when the playoffs started.”

The Huskies pretty much buried every foe in the regular season, save Gilbert. They were stunned by a quick 18-0 deficit at home to eventual 5A-II champ Peoria Centennial, but rebounded for a 35-18 win. They hammered Phoenix Brophy. Those games were in late August and early September.

Then came two close calls in the opening rounds of the playoffs in November with Gilbert Mesquite and Mesa Westwood, and a season-ending loss to Brophy in the semifinals.

“(In 2006), we peaked at the right time,” Belles said. “We didn’t have a close game in the playoffs. After last year, this group is very focused. A lot like the 2006 team. We have a bit of a chip on our shoulder. Winning anything less than a state championship by these guys won’t be looked on very well.”

Hamilton’s offense, with just three returning starters, needs the most work. Two-thirds of last year’s defense is back, so that unit will be counted on to pick up the slack if the offense is slow off the mark.

Hamilton heads to Miami, Fla., to open its season Friday against that state’s 4A champion, Booker T. Washington. After that, it’s a rematch with Brophy.

“That’s where that chip is on our shoulder,” Belles said. “Brophy has beaten us twice (2005 title game and 2007 semis) when it mattered most. We want to get to the point where we play them again and it matters.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 Ryan Milius DB 5-10 165 Sr.
2 Drew Terrell WR 6-0 180 Sr.
3 Dante Alexander RB 5-10 200 Sr.
4 Eduardo Cervantes DB 5-7 140 Sr.
5 Devon Carrington DB 6-1 187 Jr.
6 Steven Hansen WR 5-9 172 Jr.
7 Anthony Jones LB 6-2 210 Sr.
8 Travis Dean QB 6-0 187 Jr.
9 Kienan Turner DB 5-9 166 Sr.
10 Malcolm Holland-Drury DB 5-10 170 So.
11 Justin Brush DB 6-0 170 Sr.
12 Zakary Hambsch QB 6-2 184 Sr.
13 Rueben Robinson LB 6-3 225 Sr.
14 Yannick Metz K 5-9 160 Jr.
15 Jamar Beauvais DB 5-6 139 Sr.
16 Taylor Grove TE 6-5 200 Sr.
17 Alante Wright WR 6-3 185 Sr.
18 Ethan Kipili'i WR 6-0 180 Jr.
20 Zackary Parrish TE 6-2 185 Jr.
21 Tyler Rutt LB 5-10 177 So.
22 Dylan Williams DB 5-5 151 Jr.
23 Andrew Stemple DB 6-2 150 Jr.
24 Cedric Parker DB 5-8 140 So.
25 Michael Crittenden DB 5-8 140 Sr.
26 Damian Mayberry WR 6-1 170 Sr.
27 Jordan Hill DB 5-8 165 Jr.
28 Justin Rosales LB 5-9 177 Sr.
29 Dexter Jackson RB 5-10 170 Jr.
31 Michael Allen RB 5-10 175 Jr.
32 Benjamin Peters LB 6-0 221 Jr.
33 Robinson Sansume WR 5-7 150 Sr.
34 Zacherty Bauman RB 5-10 205 Sr.
35 Peter Gill TE 6-1 205 Sr.
36 Nikolas Gaines DL 5-9 180 Jr.
36 Austin Peer RB 5-8 167 Jr.
38 Ty Thompson DB 6-0 158 Jr.
40 Greg Moore Young LB 5-9 184 Sr.
41 Patrick Pina CB 5-9 150 Jr.
42 Michael McDonald LB 5-8 172 Sr.
43 Kevin Boxberger LB 5-9 180 Jr.
44 Davion Johnson WR 5-9 190 Jr.
45 Sean House LB 6-0 195 Sr.
49 Travis Poirkowski DB 5-9 150 Jr.
50 Opinderjit Gill OL 6-3 230 Sr.
51 Kieven Bryant DL 5-10 217 Sr.
52 Gage Pruitt DL 5-10 240 Sr.
53 Marcus Neuman DL 6-0 235 Jr.
54 Ruben Rubio DL 6-0 225 Sr.
55 Daniel Blackwell OL 6-0 250 Sr.
56 Mark Tucker DL 5-11 183 Sr.
57 Kyle Glew DL 6-0 190 Jr.
58 Gerard Ingallina OL 6-0 225 Jr.
60 Josh Canfield K 5-11 162 Sr.
61 Spencer Lee OL 6-0 230 Jr.
62 Marcus-Alex Esparza K 6-3 200 Sr.
64 Alex Cosenza OL 6-3 265 Sr.
65 Andrew Boca OL 5-8 200 Jr.
66 Tyrell Argusta DL 6-0 230 Sr.
67 Justin LaLonde OL 6-0 240 Jr.
69 Jeremiah Morris DL 6-0 260 Jr.
70 Joel Whittier DL 6-0 260 Sr.
71 Saul Espinoza OL 5-11 230 Jr.
72 Shelby Luke DL 5-10 226 Sr.
73 Dylan Beikman OL 6-0 260 Jr.
75 Christian Westerman OL 6-5 277 So.
77 Tanner Moore DL 5-9 260 Sr.
79 Mike Hitchock OL 6-3 275 Sr.
80 Arthur Pullam RB 5-7 160 Jr.
81 Paul Granillo DB 5-11 157 Sr.
82 Nate McDonald K 5-10 145 Jr.
83 Alexander Conrad K 5-8 150 Jr.
84 KC Mueller TE 5-8 176 Jr.
85 Trey Wilson WR 5-10 165 Jr.
87 Sam McAlear K 6-1 185 Jr.
88 Nicolas Del Valle DL 5-11 165 Jr.
89 Keenan Merrigan TE 6-3 240 Jr.
90 Michael Sylvestre DL 6-3 270 Sr.
95 Sage Aiono DL 6-0 240 Jr.
97 Tevin Hood DL 6-0 270 Jr.
98 Lonnie Moore DL 5-9 205 Sr.
99 Tim Fowler TE 6-0 185 Sr.
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