Three games that intrigue me…..
Mountain View (3-0) at Mountain Pointe (3-0)
The Toros quick turnaround under Mike Fell has some reliving Mountain Pointe’s first year under Norris Vaughan when the Pride won 12 straight before getting upset in the semifinals.
There has been a quick culture change manifested by the personality of the coach and a winning mentality developed in a different state.
Sounds a lot like what transpired on Knox Rd. in 2009.
That 2009 Pride team did not face a 2016 Mountain Pointe team like this years so Mountain View will face a challenge the team has not seen in beating Valley Vista, Corona del Sol and Pinnacle.
The Toros have been impressive with two quarterbacks – seniors Tristan Askan and Wheeler Harris – and three receivers including Arizona State commit Curtis Hodges.
The defense has been solid for the Toros as well with nine tackles for a loss, seven turnovers and seven sacks.
Mountain Pointe is coming off a 52-7 win over No. 2 Chandler. The Pride had one of those game were it all clicked, but that’s the way they’ve played to a certain degree to start the year.
Mountain Pointe can come at the opposition from so many directions on both sides of the ball.
And right now not many teams can match up with the Pride.
Mountain Pointe 34, Mountain View 14
Chaparral (1-2) at Williams Field (4-0)
There was a time when this game would have been about Williams Field trying to catch up to what the Chaparral program is all about.
Nowadays, the BlackHawks are humming along just as good as anyone else.
Williams Field doesn’t have the history of the Firebirds, but over the last nine years the Blacks Hawks have been building toward a level of respect and standard.
This might be the program’s best team yet with Max Fine and Justis Stokes running open all over the field and Zack Shepherd throwing darts to them, while the defense has given up just 11 points a game.
The Firebirds have a losing record, falling to Horizon and Centennial, before getting their first win last week. The record is not indicative of how good Chaparral can be this year, and a win over Williams Field turns that slow start into a good first month.
The Firebirds will have to find another way to get things rolling their way.
Williams Field 31, Chaparral 17
Northwest Christian (3-0) at American Leadership (2-1)
The Crusaders are nearly perfectly balanced offensively through three games – 222.7 rushing and 218.3 passing – and haven’t skipped a beat in moving from what was Division IV to the 3A Conference.
Coach David Inness always find a way to win at least 10 games and get deep into the playoffs no matter the size of the roster or whatever classification the program is competing in so American Leadership is taking one of the small school’s very best programs annually.
The Eagles’ program has only been around a total of five seasons with the last three in the AIA.
Big games are still somewhat new a win to the program and a win over Northwest Christian would be a huge step forward for coach Rich Edwards and Co.
American Leadership came up short, 16-13, against third-ranked Sabino two weeks ago. It showed the Eagles can play with anyone in this division behind running back Jeremiah Boyd and a stifling defense.
Northwest Christian, however, is at higher level at this point.
NWC 17, ALA 10
And the others:
Desert Mountain at Basha
Red Mountain at Boulder Creek
Hamilton at Cesar Chavez
Sandra Day O’Connor at Chandler
Perry at Corona del Sol
Brophy at Desert Vista
Westwood at Gilbert
Dobson at La Joya
Desert Ridge at Mesa
Millennium at Skyline
Highland at Westview
Shadow Ridge at Campo Verde
Queen Creek at Deer Valley
McClintock at Independence
Desert Edge at Mesquite
Tempe at Apache Junction
Marcos de Niza at Bradshaw Mountain
Seton Catholic at Combs
Estrella Foothills at Higley
Valley Christian at Benjamin Franklin
Odyssey Institute at Casteel
Chandler Prep at Glendale Prep
Gilbert Christian at Phoenix Christian
Scottsdale Christian at Tempe Prep
Last week’s record: 21-6. Overall record: 77-22 (77.8 percrent)
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