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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 5:41 pm

Week 4 football predictions:

Basha at Chandler

How many points can these two schools score? Uh, a lot. Given last year’s 58-41 outcome in favor of Basha, a repeat might make the scoreboard operator at Chandler High collapse, but it’s conceivable. Neither team has played a real difficult opponent (Mountain Rige played Basha close mostly because the Bears committed six turnovers) so win or lose it’s a great litmus test for both teams. Both teams’ running games have the ability to dictate a game, both teams have receivers who can cause defenses nightmares, both have quarterbacks who make all throw and both teams’ defenses are going to be gassed. The team better able to control time of possession (edge=Basha), fewer turnovers (edge=Chandler) and make a few plays on defense (edge=even) will win. This is really nothing more than a gut feeling because who would have blinked had it been Chandler with the 58-41 win last year?

Prediction: Basha 34, Chandler 31

— Mark Heller

Desert Ridge at Hamilton

These two teams are certainly familiar with each other, meeting three times in the past two years, including once in the semifinals and once in the championship game. Hamilton has won all three, but the Huskies are 1-2 this season and have been more vulnerable than they’ve been in years. Desert Ridge is 3-0 but the competition has been nothing like the Jaguars will see in this one. Hamilton will almost assuredly force Desert Ridge sophomore quarterback Tarek Morrison to throw the ball to win this one. It’s the first big game for many of Desert Ridge’s key offensive players, so nerves could be a factor early on.

Prediction: Hamilton 24, Desert Ridge 14

— Kyle Odegard

Corona del Sol at Highland

This is going to be an interesting test for both sides, as their first three weeks have been mirror images. The Aztecs won easily against Westwood and Dobson but got routed by Basha. Highland has beaten Mesquite and Gilbert but was blown out by Desert Ridge. The team that wins this game improves to 3-1 and sets itself up for a run at the playoffs, while the loser will have some work to do moving forward. Neither offense is overly explosive, so it should be a close, low-scoring affair.

Prediction: Highland 14, Corona del Sol 13

— Kyle Odegard

 

Chaparral at Desert Mountain

The metaphorical winds have whipped differently along Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale to start the 2012 season. For three of the past four meetings dating back to 2009, Chaparral was the championship team and dynasty, and Desert Mountain another of the Firebirds’ patsies. But 2012 has been a different story for Chaparral both expected (experienced talent lost to graduation from the past two years and difficult early schedule) and unexpected (injuries). Desert Mountain has found enough defense and running game so far to compliment big-play WR Mark Andrews. The 3-0 start is grand for the Wolves, but Chaparral is likely to be the toughest test defensively. Still, this is the Wolves best chance in a few years and injuries/youthful replacements of those injuries will take Chaparral a bit more time to grow.

Prediction: Desert Mountain 21, Chaparral 17

— Mark Heller

 

Dobson at Skyline

The struggles to rebuild continue at Dobson, where new coach George De La Torre is trying to set new standards. It may not be all about results with the Mustangs these days (or in the coming days) but the Mustangs have their best chance to date of getting in the win column. While Skyline — also in reconstruction mode under new coach Angelo Paffumi has some athletes, and a couple wins under the Coyotes’ umbrella against Carl Hayden and Kingman before last week’s blowout loss to Mountain View. Last year’s matchup was, quietly, a remarkable game in a 37-36 victory for Dobson, and there’s reason to believe something similar will unfold again.

Prediction: Dobson 20, Skyline 19

— Mark Heller

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