Hamilton coach John Wrenn, pleased his team didn’t allow itself to be blown out by Mountain View after a rocky first eight minutes, looked at the game film the next day and didn’t like the performance overall.
"We didn’t get the job done against them," Wrenn said. "We have to play better than that. It’s frustrating because we have a good team. We have to play better in a game like that.
"In last year’s playoff game (31-7 loss) and the season opener last week (15-0 loss), Hamilton has not scored an offensive touchdown against the Toros.
Hamilton starting defensive lineman Jeremiah Nelson broke a bone in his foot in last week’s game and will miss a couple weeks.
CORONA DEL SOL
In his first attempt on varsity, Corona del Sol sophomore kicker Kevin Hager did the one thing he didn’t want to do. He flubbed it.
"I missed pretty bad actually," Hager said of his 32-yard field goal attempt that landed short and to the right of its target. "It was a good hold, I just wasn’t aggressive enough and I didn’t follow through."
No worries though.
Hager came through on his next attempt, pounding through a 37-yarder to give his team a 17-7 lead as time expired in the first half. The field goal matched his career high (he kicked a 37-yarder for the freshman team last year) and provided the Aztecs with the winning margin in their 31-28 season-opening win over Dobson.
He was also 4-for-4 on extra points.
One would think the pressure of handling field goal and extra point duties for the varsity would be a bit much for the only sophomore on the team. But Hager is optimistic about his role in future close games.
"I’m not worried about it. I think I can pull through and do it," he said.
Gilbert played three quarterbacks last week in its rout of Peoria Sunrise Mountain and each located the end zone one way or another. Aaron Webster ran for two scores while Golden Goodman and Eric Hibbard threw for one TD apiece.
Running back Kenneth Wesley has a broken bone in his foot and will be sidelined a couple of weeks. Dusty Williams is expected to see more time in the backfield tonight against Mountain View.
Many 3A contenders probably weren’t crying over the news that No. 1 Coolidge’s allstate running back, Elijah White, is expected to miss six weeks with a broken arm.
Queen Creek’s Curt LeBlanc, however, said he hopes the Bears’ star is back in the lineup when the teams meet on Oct. 17.
"I want to be able to compete against those guys with all their weapons," LeBlanc said.
White led the state runnerup Bears in total offense with almost 2,000 yards a year ago and scored 162 points.
Due to a scheduling switch, the Eagles must travel to Tombstone today instead of enjoying their third straight home game. The contest was originally slated to be played at Scottsdale Christian, but the Eagles decided to hit the road this season and instead play Tombstone at home in 2004.
Without the change, Scottsdale Christian would have had only three games at home next season.
"I wasn’t too excited about having just three homes games, especially not having one until October," Eagles coach Jeff Fox said of next year’s schedule. "We made the decision to bite the bullet this week and have four home games next year."
Desert Vista went through the wringer of a doubleovertime win against unranked Westwood last week, but the final moments of the game weren’t the only nerve-wracking ones.
There was plenty of anxiety when Thunder two-way end Zach Miller landed on his left shoulder after catching a pass in the third quarter. After a visit from team trainers, Miller left the field under his own power and was back in the game on Desert Vista’s next possession.
Miller will be back in the Thunder’s lineup tonight against third-ranked Glendale Mountain Ridge.
"He bruised his shoulder a little bit, but he’ll be fine," Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds said.
- Les Willsey, Matt Simpson, Brad Falduto, David Argabright and Mark Ryan contributed to this report.