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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2008 12:44 am | Updated: 12:06 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

He used to try to stop them, but now Ernie Zavallos has joined them.

The new Chandler Valley Christian defensive coordinator has taken flak. Such is life after he spent most of the previous decade at rival Phoenix Christian.

Zavallos applied to be the Cougars head coach this spring, but the job went to Bob Denson.

Disappointed he didn't get a head coaching position, Zavallos wanted to stay near Chandler, and he caught a big break when Denson lured Greg Patrick away from Valley Christian to be his defensive coordinator at Phoenix Christian.

"I'm very fortunate," Trojans coach Bill Morgan said. "That was a big find for us."

Zavallos has already made changes with two of his best defenders. Captain Stephen Sasso started for two years at defensive end, but will now be a linebacker/safety hybrid, or "rover." David Voss also moves from defensive line to middle linebacker. Both are undersized for the line, but aren't short on speed.

"I think they're loving it," Morgan said.


For the first time in three years, the defending champion Broncos will have a new quarterback, but the one team that gets a head start to the season doesn't know who it's going to be yet.

Brophy kicks off the season Saturday against Bishop Gorman (Nev.) in the Sollenberger Classic at University of Phoenix Stadium, a game which won't count in the power points standings.

Coach Scooter Molander said seniors Beau Maggi and Sam Quinif will split time behind center Saturday.

Maggi opted not to play football last year but played baseball, while Quinif was switched to quarterback last season but never saw action with Bryan Berens around.

"We're still evaluating," Molander said. "They both bring good things to the table."


The Corona del Sol football team returned from a scrimmage against Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain on Wednesday night feeling good.

The first reason was nobody was injured. The second reason was the progress of quarterback Chase Cartwright.

In his second full season at the helm, the Aztecs want the junior to take fewer risks with his body, meaning run out of bounds and slide to avoid big hits, which nearly got his head taken off a couple of times last season.

Aztecs coach Gary Venturo also noted an improvement in his ability to "pick people apart," and use his mobility to bootleg, rather than relying on throwing deep balls on every play.

So far, so good.

"Nothing takes the place of experience and he has a whole year," Venturo said. "He's better at everything he does."


That coin flip Red Mountain lost last season favors the Mountain Lions this season.

Red Mountain won't play as much on the road this year. In fact it will seem like it never plays away from home. Last season Red Mountain played just four home games. A game scheduled with Mesa Desert Ridge came up as a home game for both schools. Red Mountain athletic director Mike Anderson and Desert Ridge athletic director Darrell Stangle decided a coin flip would decide who would get the home date.

"There was nothing scientific about it," Anderson said. "We decided a flip would do."

Desert Ridge won and opted for a home game last year. The Jaguars as a result got the even deal of five home games last year and this year. Red Mountain played six road games last year. The pendulum swings their way now.

"We're home for six of our first seven games," Red Mountain coach Jim Jones said. "We finish with two away, but if we take care of business, we might get two home games in November."


Hamilton's opening night opponent next Friday, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington, won't have its coach, Earl Tillman, on the sidelines much of the coming season.

The reason? Tillman suffered a broken tibia in his left leg while trying to break up a brawl between his players and Pahokee High players during a 7-on-7 tournament July 12 in Miramar, Fla.

Tillman, who is in his first season as coach at the school, was told by doctors he can't put weight on the leg for four months. Once the season begins, he plans to coach from the press box.

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