10. Brophy (1-2)
The tough early-season schedule continued in Week 3 against Peoria Centennial. Brophy played without quarterback Brian Woodward (broken hand) and while it held an early lead, couldn't hold on in a 17-13 loss. The defense continues to be very good, but the absence of Woodward for any extended length of time could be very tough to overcome for a young offense. The Broncos dropped three spots in the rankings.
9. Mountain View (3-0)
The Toros trailed Highland by eight points at halftime but scored 20 unanswered after intermission for a 41-28 victory. Wide receiver Clark Brown had seven receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Mountain View threw three first-half interceptions but took better care of the ball in the second half and the offense capitalized. The Toros move up one spot with the victory.
8. Desert Mountain (2-1)
The offense found its groove in Week 3, as Kyle Allen threw for 356 yards and five touchdowns and Mark Andrews had 200 receiving yards and three scores. The Wolves cruised past Willow Canyon, 54-28, to move up one spot in the rankings. This week was a reprieve, but we'll learn much more about the Wolves in a showdown against Chaparral on Friday.
7. Basha (2-1)
The Bears got back on track with an easy win over Cesar Chavez. Quarterback Zach Werlinger threw for 271 yards and four touchdowns while receiver Doc O'Connor had 110 yards receiving and two scores. Basha moves up a spot with the victory heading into a tough test on Friday against Pinnacle.
6. Pinnacle (2-1)
The Pioneers lost their first game of the season on Thursday night, but it may have been their most impressive showing. Pinnacle hung with top-ranked Hamilton from beginning to end in a 24-20 loss. Quarterback Brian Lewerke shook off a slow start to put his team ahead late in the third quarter and Josh Hoekstra ran well against an intimidating Huskies defense. Pinnacle remains at No. 6 despite the loss.
5. Westview (3-0)
The Knights had an impressive showing on Thursday night, defeating Red Mountain by a touchdown on the road. Jalen Johnson had 11 yards rushing as Westview proved it can hang with the better teams in the East Valley. The Knights remain at No. 5 in the rankings with the win.
4. Chandler (2-0)
The Wolves remain at No. 4 heading into their showdown against nationally ranked Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco on Saturday afternoon. Chandler's victories over Centennial and Buena continue to look better as those teams challenge some of the East Valley's best. The Wolves can make a huge statement by hanging tough or even beating Bosco.
3. Desert Ridge (2-1)
The Jaguars had an easy time in a 55-0 win over Sandra Day O'Connor. Running back Taren Morrison compiled 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Desert Ridge is still without star quarterback Tarek Morrison but the running game is so dominant it doesn't matter. The Jaguars remain at No. 3 in the rankings heading into next week's matchup with Goodyear Millennium.
2. Mountain Pointe (4-0)
Predictably, the Pride cruised past Maryvale with ease in a 72-0 victory. Mountain Pointe has faced a few inferior opponents recently but the schedule is ready to ramp up considerably with Chandler, Hamilton, Desert Vista and Brophy its next four opponents. The Pride is a clear-cut contender and sticks at No. 2 in the rankings with the win, and we'll know exactly how good it is after the next month.
1. Hamilton (3-0)
The Huskies survived quite the scare against No. 6 Pinnacle on Thursday night. Hamilton trailed in the third quarter before rallying for a 24-20 victory. Injuries to star lineman Casey Tucker and multiple wide receivers didn't help the cause, but the Huskies got the job done. Mountain Pointe, Chandler and Desert Ridge are nipping at Hamilton's heels, but for now the Huskies remain in the top spot.