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Prep notebook: Valley Christian in hunt for region title

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Posted: Monday, October 27, 2008 9:28 pm | Updated: 11:16 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

This is the last week of regular-season action for the state's smaller conferences, and with a region title (or at least a share of one) at stake in the 2A Central, what was once a complete unknown has become Chandler Valley Christian's strength.

In a tussle of two teams who will run the ball right at one another, the Trojans (6-2, 4-0) host Scottsdale Christian (7-1, 3-1) on Friday night with a chance to win the region outright, and if they do, it'll be because the Trojans put together another night like they did against Phoenix Northwest Christian, when they ran for 457 yards against the Crusaders.

Holes for Jimmy Oum (133 yards), Blake Argo (182 yards) and Brock Longanecker (64 yards) were opened by a senior offensive line, but don't let the players' class standing fool you.

Center David Voss has played every position on the line in his high school career.

Guards Kyle Higgins and Erik Gerlach had never played football until this fall.

"We've come a long way," Trojans coach Bill Morgan said.


With just two weeks left in the 5A regular season, only two 5A Division I schools remain unbeaten - Tempe Corona del Sol and Mesa Mountain View.

Mountain View (8-0) is no stranger to unbeaten regular seasons. The Toros last posted a perfect regular season in 2003. A few years prior to that it was a habit, as the Toros were perfect through the regular season in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002. Mountain View hosts Mesa Red Mountain on Friday and visits Mesa Dobson on Nov. 7.

Corona del Sol has never turned in an unbeaten regular season.

The Aztecs (8-0) must knock off Phoenix Desert Vista on Friday and Chandler Basha Nov. 7 to turn the trick.


Coach Charlie Ragle may begin using dynamic running back Dwayne Garrett more at wide receiver.

Garrett has 971 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns this year, but the team has a void at wideout because leading receiver Tyler Williams went down with a torn ACL three weeks ago.

"In terms of a dominant player, we don't have that guy," Ragle said.

Garrett has blazing speed and would be a matchup problem for most defenses.

Cole Tyree would become the primary running back.


Hamilton defensive back Ryan Milus, a two-year starter, gave a verbal commitment this weekend to Arizona.

The 5-10, 165-pound Milus is one of the top cover corners in the state. He has two interceptions and 42 tackles this season for the 7-1 Huskies.


Coronado running back Kaylin Ashley was named Scottsdale Quarterback Club offensive player of the week after carrying the ball 13 times for 265 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Chandler Seton Catholic on Friday.

Saguaro linebacker Ben Bisgard earned defensive honors by recording 17 tackles, a half-sack and 2 1/2 tackles for loss in a 21-0 win over Scottsdale Chaparral.

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