VX Div. I football rankings: 9/21
Division I football rankings: [compiled by Kyle Odegard/Tribune]
10. Horizon (3-1)
The Huskies join the rankings for the first time after an impressive showing against Paradise Valley on Thursday. The team set a school record for points in the 73-28 victory as Luke Quinn scored six touchdowns. Horizon's only loss this season was in the season opener against Marcos de Niza by a field goal. It has a big game this week against Desert Mountain.
9. Desert Mountain (2-2)
Everything was going perfectly for Desert Mountain on Friday as it raced out to a 28-0 lead on Chaparral. Then star wide receiver Mark Andrews and center Christian Boettcher went down with injuries and the Firebirds scored 35 straight points for the win. The Wolves drop a spot in the top-10 with the collapse and must regroup quickly for next week's game against Horizon.
8. Pinnacle (2-2)
The Pioneers hoped for another impressive showing against Basha on Friday one week after putting a scare into top-ranked Hamilton, but fell behind early and couldn't rally in a 35-21 loss. The offense showed glimpses of its potential but couldn't get the running game going and was stalled by some dropped passes. Pinnacle showed it can hang with the state's top teams but has now lost two in a row to drop to No. 8 in the rankings.
7. Mountain View (4-0)
The Toros played their best game of the season on Friday night, hitting the gas pedal early in a 51-16 win over Perry. Quarterback John Clark had 306 passing yards and five touchdowns while wide receiver Clark Brown had 154 receiving yards and two scores. Mountain View has an important matchup this week against Pinnacle.
6. Basha (3-1)
Basha picked up a nice victory this week with a 35-21 victory over Pinnacle. Quarterback Zach Werlinger threw for 396 yards as the Bears went predominantly through the air without tailback Rajhan Meriwether. Wide receivers Doc O'Connor and Jared Schmidt were both over 140 yards receiving in the contest. The Bears moved up one spot in the rankings. Basha has another big test this week against No. 4 Westview.
5. Chandler (2-2)
Chandler looked great through its first three games but was beaten soundly by Mountain Pointe on Friday night. The Wolves drop a spot in the rankings to No. 5. They can still make a deep playoff run with the talent on hand, but this result was very similar to other past big games. Chandler must find a way to play more disciplined in these situations.
4. Westview (4-0)
Westview rolled past Sandra Day O'Connor on Friday to remain undefeated and move up one spot. The Knights passed their first East Valley test with a win over Red Mountain a couple weeks ago. The next big one is Basha on Friday. If Westview can win that one, there will be no questioning its top-5 ranking.
3. Desert Ridge (3-1)
The Jaguars easily rolled Millennium, 56-0, but the biggest news on Friday was the return of quarterback Tarek Morrison from an ACL injury suffered in last year's playoffs. It was a good test run for him as Desert Ridge faces Brophy next week. The Jaguars remain at No. 3 in the rankings and should reveal more about themselves against the Broncos.
2. Hamilton (4-0)
The Huskies were less-than-impressive in a 14-10 victory over Henderson (Calif.) Liberty on Friday night. Salpointe played the same team in its opener and won by 41, so it's fair to question Hamilton right now. The Huskies have trailed in the second half of their past two games and are dealing with myriad injuries. Despite the victory, they drop to No. 2 in the rankings heading into next week's titanic showdown against Mountain Pointe.
1. Mountain Pointe (5-0)
Mountain Pointe's impressive season continued on Friday night with an emphatic 38-14 victory over No. 4 Chandler. Team leader Wesley Payne went out early with a dislocated elbow, but that didn't stop the Pride. The team now has big-time wins over Bishop Gorman and Chandler. Even though Hamilton beat the Pride in last year's state championship game, Mountain Pointe has been the most dominant team in Division I in 2013 and has overtaken the Huskies for the top spot in the rankings.