Mountain View amassed 359 yards of offense last week in its 72-8 victory over Phoenix South Mountain. That much yardage usually equates to point totals in the high 20s or 30s. But a number of short fields were the reason for the big points.
Mountain View had 11 players carry the ball and threw just three passes, completing one for 20 yards. Saving wear and tear on the starters was a smart move, given the Toros’ next three opponents (Phoenix Desert Vista tonight, Gilbert and Tucson Sunnyside).
Desert Vista did likewise last week when it humbled Phoenix Maryvale. The Thunder used 10 ball carriers and limited Allante Battle to three carries even though those went for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Huskies receiver Kerry Taylor is one of the three football players in the Valley to be nominated to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 6, 2007.
The game features the nation’s best prep football stars and will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Other Phoenix-area players nominated are William Yancey, a defensive end from Glendale Ironwood, and Everson Griffen, a defensive end from Avondale Agua Fria. They are among 400 athletes being considered for final selection to play in this East vs. West matchup.
Highland’s 20-17 loss to Sierra Vista Buena can be explained in part by its being able to run just 11 plays in the second half and turning the ball over on two of them.
Highland coach Preston Jones will get to see running back Anthony Renteria tonight for the first time. Renteria missed the first two games. Adrian Ramirez, who missed the Hawks’ first game, will likely share rushing duties with Renteria. Quarterbacks will also continue to rotate, with Joe Sanchez and Jeremy Fuhst sharing the duties for the second straight week.
Jackrabbits coach Dennis Parker saw his team commit too many penalties last week, although it didn’t hurt much since Mesa beat Phoenix Trevor Browne, 49-14.
‘‘We played hard but not smart,’’ Parker said. ‘‘We had 11 penalties and weren’t very disciplined. If we’re going to be successful and get to the playoffs we can’t become the Oakland Raiders of high school football.’’