Three games that intrigue me…
Dobson (4-0) at Desert Vista (1-3)
The Mustangs roll call of wins won’t find many teams eventually making the playoffs, but a 4-0 start is huge for the program regardless of what the strength of schedule is up to this point.
This week makes a large step up for Dobson as it goes on the road to take on the Thunder, which has lost two three undefeated teams.
Desert Vista has had its chances against Perry (OT loss) and Skyline (turnover in the red zone in final three minutes), but found ways to lose.
The Thunder need turn things around in a hurry with Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista coming up in the next month.
Dobson is going to run the ball – seniors Joe Flores and Angel Hermosillo – and eat up the clock with its offensive line.
The Mustangs are confident for the first time in years, but Desert Vista needs this game. If the Thunder can’t pull this one off at home there are bigger problems ahead for the program.
Desert Vista 31, Dobson 10
Williams Field (5-0) at Campo Verde (5-0)
The Black Hawks are the known commodity in this featured game.
They have possibly the best wide receiver combo in 5A with Max Fine and Justis Stokes, an up-and-coming quarterback in Zack Shepherd, a tough running back in Josh Alexander and the defense is led by linebacker Braden Valentine and defensive back Tre Bugg.
Campo Verde has one of the better coaching staffs, and a running game averaging 352.8 yards game behind Trevor Crowe, Jacob Cabezudo and quarterback E.J. Galvez.
The defense has two shutouts and held another opponent to one score.
Williams Field has knocked off Verrado and Chaparral in recent weeks so the Black Hawks have faced quality opponents whereas this is the Coyotes toughest to date and maybe all season.
Williams Field 27, Campo Verde 14
Skyline (5-0) at Hamilton (4-1)
The Huskies barely beat Red Mountain, were hammered by Desert Ridge, and were tied at 14 with Cesar Chavez before destroying the Champions.
Something is amiss, and yet the Huskies are 4-1. In other words, the questions surrounding Hamilton is simply because of its own success.
This team has to be tired of hearing about how they are not up to Hamilton’s usual standard.
And yet most expect the Huskies to beat a team that has won 19 straight regular seasons and 25 of 26.
Skyline’s schedule hasn’t produced a team with a winning record up to this point, but they are well coached, hard nosed and wanting to prove where the program stands in the East Valley and the 6A Conference.
The Coyotes will not back down. Not for one second. They won’t beat themselves.
However something tells me the Huskies will in a close one.
Hamilton 21, Skyline 20
Mesa at Basha
Corona del Sol at Boulder Creek
Mountain View at Brophy
Desert Ridge at Desert Mountain
Perry at Highland
Chandler at Mountain Ridge
Mountain Pointe at Pinnacle
Gilbert at Red Mountain
Tolleson at Westwood
McClintock at Barry Goldwater
Poston Butte at Marana Mountain View
Ironwood Ridge at Queen Creek
Mesquite at Kellis
Higley at Apache Junction
Seton Catholic at Coronado
Casa Grande at Marcos de Niza
Combs at Tempe
Coolidge at Benjamin Franklin
Kingman at Casteel
American Leadership at Globe
Wickenburg at Valley Christian
Tempe Prep at Bourgade Catholic
Gilbert Christian at Joy Christian
Last week’s record: 25-3. Overall record: 102-25 (80.3 percrent)