Queen Creek Bulldogs
Division III, Section I
Coach: Joe Germaine
Last year’s record: 10-3, lost in the 4A-I state semifinals to Saguaro
Returning offensive starters: 1, TE Travis Cavanuagh, who had 12 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns last season. Queen Creek must replace its QB, WRs, RB and OL.
Returning defensive starters: 2, including DL Billy Gregorie, who had 111 tackles and six sacks last season. He was the co-Desert Sky Region Defensive Player of the Year.
Schedule: Aug. 26 vs. Combs, Sept. 2 at Casa Grande, Sept. 9 vs. Perry, Sept. 16 vs. Cactus Shadows, Sept. 23 vs. Apache Junction, Sept. 30 at Catalina Foothills, Oct. 6 at Higley, Oct. 14 vs. Poston Butte, Oct. 21 at Campo Verde, Oct. 28 at Williams Field
Sept. 9 vs. Perry: Queen Creek’s biggest test early on will be Perry. The Bulldogs are looking to stay among the upper echelon teams in Division III, and a win over Perry would be a big statement. This is the team’s third game of the season and the first big test, so Queen Creek will need to be firing on all cylinders by this point.
Sept. 16 vs. Cactus Shadows: Queen Creek escaped with a 33-32 win over Cactus Shadows last season, and this could be another even matchup. The Falcons have a new coach after Chad DeGrenier left for Mountain View, but quarterback Bryce Kinsler returns after throwing for 3,247 yards last season.
Oct. 28 at Williams Field: Williams Field has established itself as one of the best lower-division programs in the Southeast Valley in just a few short years. Queen Creek could do so with another solid season this year. This could be the start of a big-time rivalry.
Joe Germaine’s first season as coach of Queen Creek couldn’t have gone much better.
The Bulldogs lost only twice in the regular season last year, and made it to the state semifinals before losing to eventual 4A-I champion Saguaro.
Despite overtures from Mountain View, Germaine decided to stay at Queen Creek, where he will try to replicate the success, albeit with a new cast. Quarterback Adam Brzeczek and running back Chim Nga were the catalysts of last year’s run, and both are gone.
The Bulldogs return only tight end Travis Cavanaugh on offense, but Germaine said the program’s lower level teams had success last season. There is a three-way quarterback competition between Zach Stimatze, Carson Jones and Chad Leonard, who started under center for Skyline last season.
The running back position could also be by committee unless someone emerges during fall practices.
“Chim was such a focal point last year,” Germaine said. “He carried the ball 20-plus times a game, and that’s a lot. We’ve got a good group, bu we’re still evaluating things.”
On defense, co-Desert Sky Region Defensive Player of the Year Billy Gregorie returns, but there isn’t much experience around him.
This should be an interesting year for Germaine and the Bulldogs. Will Queen Creek make the jump to an elite program, or will they drop down to that muddled second tier?