VX Div. I football rankings: 10/5
Updated VX Div. I football rankings, as of Oct. 5: [compiled by
Mark Heller and Kyle Odegard]
10. Red Mountain (2-4)
The Mountain Lions' record doesn't look good, but the team has faced arguably the toughest schedule in the state thus far. Their wins are over Brophy and Desert Mountain, while losses to Pinnacle, Westview and Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake all came within seven points. Red Mountain seems to have found a spark in quarterback Caleb Murray-Thomas and enters the rankings for the first time after an impressive win over Desert Mountain on Friday night.
9. Mountain View (5-1)
The Toros stay at No. 9 in the rankings with a solid 42-14 win over Skyline. The Coyotes entered with an undefeated record but Mountain View was the favorite and showed why, as quarterback John Clark threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns. Mountain View has a big game on Thursday against Desert Mountain.
8. Horizon (5-1)
The Huskies started slowly against Glendale Mountain Ridge, but by the second quarter the team's vaunted offense was running on all cylinders. Quarterback Dalton Sneed threw five touchdown passes in the second quarter and seven for the game in the 52-21 win. Horizon's schedule hasn't been as tough as some others but the eye-popping numbers the team continues to put up are impressive. The Huskies stick at No. 8 in the top-10.
7. Pinnacle (4-2)
The Pioneers picked up an easy win over North Canyon on Friday night, 52-14. Pinnacle's schedule eases up a bit the next couple weeks, but the team has already shown it deserves to be in the rankings. The Pioneers stay at No. 7 after the blowout victory.
6. Basha (4-2)
The Bears had no trouble dispatching Perry, 49-0, on Friday night to remain at No. 6 in the rankings. Quarterback Zach Werlinger was efficient and Doc O'Connor had a touchdown run of 87 yards and a touchdown reception of 70 yards. Perhaps the biggest development was the return of standout running back Rajhan Meriwether from injury. Basha plays Hamilton next week and will need all hands on deck.
5. Hamilton (4-2)
The Huskies have fallen in the rankings for three consecutive weeks, dropping two spots this time after losing to Chandler. Hamilton's offense struggled again and the defense allowed two late scoring drives. The Huskies are looking quite mortal at this point and will look to get it figured out in another tough test next week against Basha.
4. Westview (6-0)
Westview didn't play great but still dispatched Laveen Cesar Chavez, 36-20, on Friday. The Knights have a very easy schedule the rest of the way and should finish the regular season undefeated. The real test will come in the playoffs. Westview remains at No. 4 in the rankings.
3. Chandler (4-2)
The Wolves finally did it, knocking off Hamilton with a fantastic scoring flourish in the game's final three minutes. Chandler's talent has always been obvious, but putting it all together on the field is a positive development. The Wolves still must stay consistent, but showed on Friday night that they have the capability to be a title contender.
2. Desert Ridge (5-1)
The Jaguars started slowly against Mesa, but it was only a matter of time before they shook off penalties to run away with the 41-17 victory. Running back Taren Morrison had 295 yards and four touchdowns and continues to be one of the East Valley's most productive running backs. Desert Ridge sticks at No. 2 in the rankings.
1. Mountain Pointe (7-0)
Even though this was the 'Tukee Bowl, there was bound to be some letdown for Mountain Pointe after last week's emotional victory over Hamilton. The Pride started slowly against Desert Vista but eventually pulled away for the easy 49-6 win. Mountain Pointe remains as the clear-cut No. 1 team in Division I.