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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 2:04 pm | Updated: 8:47 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Turnovers were a key reason Mesa Red Mountain failed in 2007 to reach its third 5A football title game this decade. Turnover in personnel is high again, but according to coach Jim Jones, that isn’t weighing as heavily as it did some years ago.

“We’re at the point where we can depend on our junior program,” Jones said. “We’re seeing a lot of turnover again this year, but our junior program has served to alleviate our concerns.”

Red Mountain, coming off a 10-3 season that concluded with a 14-7 semifinal loss to Phoenix Desert Vista, has 52 seniors and 54 juniors on hand for 2008. Jones estimates about eight to 10 of the juniors will make a varsity impact this year. The rest will get seasoning with the junior team and the eight or nine games that squad plays. The cycle figures to repeat itself again after that.

“You have to have numbers for it to work best,” Jones said. “We’ve got numbers. If a starter on varsity gets hurt, we’ll usually go with a backup from varsity first to take over. But if we see the development we’re looking for from someone on the junior team then they may get the call to come up.”

Only five starters from last year’s semifinal squad return for Red Mountain. The quality of the seniors ready for the front line is more than satisfactory this year.

“We will be fast and quick, if not quicker than last year,” Jones said. “And since our numbers are good we’ll continue to two-platoon. It worked well for us last year, and the real benefit is it allows us to play more kids.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
4 Kris Moksvold DB 5-8 170 Sr.
7 Brett Cerqua LB 5-10 190 Sr.
9 Mark Jarrett LB 5-10 170 Sr.
10 JT Petsch WR 6-4 175 Sr.
11 Dillon Parks QB 6-0 190 Sr.
12 Matt Hyslope WR 5-10 165 Sr.
14 Austin Randal DB 5-9 150 Sr.
15 John O'Connor QB 6-3 180 Jr.
16 Derek Mendoza QB 6-2 195 Sr.
20 Zed Roybal WR 5-8 160 Sr.
21 Cody Saul WR 6-4 180 Sr.
22 Grayson Willard RB 5-9 170 Sr.
23 Damian Iriondo LB 5-10 185 Sr.
24 Joe Soria DB 5-10 170 Sr.
25 Kyle Blinkhorn DB 5-10 160 Sr.
26 Derek Molina DB 5-8 165 Jr.
27 Brendan Murphy RB 5-10 170 Jr.
28 Ty Rogers RB 5-9 170 Sr.
30 Colton Sheley K 5-11 175 Sr.
32 Chandler Davenport RB 5-11 180 Sr.
33 Julian Madison DB 6-2 180 Sr.
34 Eric Rogers DB 5-9 175 Sr.
35 Spencer Hubble FB 6-0 200 Sr.
37 Mike Jones DB 5-7 155 Sr.
38 Caleb Curtisi DB 6-1 185 Jr.
42 Lucian Mariano LB 6-2 220 Sr.
44 Francisco Dionisio FB 5-8 195 Sr.
45 Taylor Crandal LB 5-11 200 Sr.
46 Tim Ah-Quin LB 5-11 195 Sr.
47 Ricky Henne LB 5-10 190 Sr.
50 Kirk Mills LB 6-0 195 Sr.
51 Jared Hutzler LB 5-11 180 Jr.
52 Devon Habetler DL 6-0 200 Sr.
53 Justin Sinsabaugh C 5-11 200 Jr.
54 Mitch Williamson LB 5-11 185 Sr.
55 Braden Clarke LB 6-0 180 Sr.
56 Sean Collins DL 6-0 200 Sr.
58 Greg Gunnell DL 6-0 195 Sr.
59 Joe Hoff DL 5-10 200 Jr.
60 Brian Parker C 6-1 200 Jr.
61 Evan Nienas OL 6-2 200 Jr.
62 Robert Edelbrock C 6-1 200 Sr.
63 Paul Dionisio OL 6-0 195 Sr.
64 Matt Strathmann DL 5-10 200 Jr.
65 Taylor Wood OL 6-1 220 Jr.
66 Jamie Pozniak OL 5-10 195 Sr.
70 Cole Ficklin OL 6-5 230 Jr.
71 Chris Halvorsen OL 6-4 240 Sr.
73 Josh Bring OL 6-4 230 Sr.
74 Drew Tellef OL 6-1 295 Sr.
75 Andrew Dax DL 6-1 210 Sr.
76 Bradley Brooks OL 6-0 230 Sr.
77 Jake Phipps DL 6-4 200 Jr.
78 Louie Felice OL 6-0 200 Sr.
82 Corey Wellman WR 5-10 155 Sr.
83 Jack Nikrant WR 5-9 155 Sr.
84 Liam Maher WR 5-9 170 Sr.
85 James Cothrun TE 6-1 195 Sr.
86 Chris Bridges DB 5-10 160 Sr.
87 Joey Lancaster TE 6-1 185 Sr.
88 Jake Tune WR 6-0 175 Sr.
89 Craig Frum LB 6-3 200 Jr.
90 Tyler Grant LB 5-10 180 Sr.
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DL 6-4 220 Sr.
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