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GAME OF SEPT. 18, 2014:



Sunnyside
 
at Tucson
       


GAMES OF SEPT. 19, 2014:



Basha
 
at Pinnacle
       




Chandler
 
at Mountain Pointe
       




Gilbert
 
at Skyline
       




Liberty (NV)
 
at Hamilton
       




Mountain Ridge
 
at Highland
       




Mesa Mountain View
 
at Perry
       




Corona del Sol
 
at Boulder Creek
       




Paradise Valley
 
at Horizon
       




Lake Havasu
 
at North Canyon
       




Westview
 
at O'Connor
       



 
Desert Mountain
 
at Chaparral
       



 
Desert Ridge
 
at Millennium
       




Valley Vista
 
at Mesa
       




Brophy
 
at Red Mountain
       




Desert Vista
 
at Marana Mountain View
       




Dobson
 
at Maryvale
       




Cesar Chavez
 
at Marcos de Niza
       




North
 
at Mingus
       




Salpointe
 
at Campo Verde
       




Mesquite
 
at Ironwood
       




Notre Dame
 
at Poston Butte
       




Westwood
 
at Gila Ridge
       



 
Maricopa
 
at Arcadia
       



 
Higley
 
at Cactus Shadows
       



 
Apollo
 
at Liberty
       



 
Centennial
 
at Kellis
       



 
Willow Canyon
 
at Deer Valley
       




Ironwood Ridge
 
at Buena
       




Pueblo
 
at Rincon
       




Vista Grande
 
at Casa Grande
       




Cibola
 
at Brawley (CA)
       




Sahuaro
 
at Kofa
       




Calipatria (CA)
 
at Yuma
       




Cienega
 
at Canyon del Oro
       




Sabino
 
at Desert View
       




Cholla
 
at Nogales
       




La Joya
 
at Camelback
       




Coronado
 
at Carl Hayden
       




Copper Canyon
 
at Trevor Browne
       




Fairfax
 
at St. Mary's
       




Sunnyslope
 
at Tolleson
       



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Division I & II SECTIONS for the 2014 season

DIVISION I:

SECTION 1:  Basha, Chandler, Gilbert, Hamilton, Highland, Perry.

SECTION 2:  Cesar Chavez, Maryvale, Millennium, North, Valley Vista, Westview.

SECTION 3:  Desert Mountain, Desert Ridge, Mesa, (Mesa) Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline.

SECTION 4:  Brophy, Corona del Sol, Desert Vista, Dobson, Mountain Pointe.

SECTION 5:  Boulder Creek, Horizon, Mountain Ridge, North Canyon, O'Connor, Pinnacle.

DIVISION II:

SECTION 1:  Camelback, Carl Hayden, Copper Canyon, Fairfax, La Joya, St. Mary's, Sunnyslope, Tolleson, Trevor Browne.

SECTION 2:  Buena, Cienega, Desert View, Nogales, Sahuaro, Sunnyside.

SECTION 3:  Apollo, Centennial, Deer Valley, Ironwood, Kellis, Liberty, Willow Canyon.

SECTION 4:  Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, Lake Havasu, Yuma.

SECTION 5:  Ironwood Ridge, (Marana) Mountain View, Rincon, Salpointe, Tucson, Vista Grande.

SECTION 6:  Campo Verde, Marcos de Niza, Mesquite, Poston Butte, Westwood.

SECTION 7:  Arcadia, Cactus Shadows, Chaparral, Notre Dame, Paradise Valley.



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Huskies squander early lead, hold on

Burke's catch on 4th-and-19 rescues Hamilton, sets up game-winning FG

WEEKLY BLOG:  9/12/14

What was expected to be a must-see matchup between two of Division I's best football programs eventually lived up to its billing.

Hamilton traveled up to north Phoenix and surged to a 34-7 lead early in the third quarter behind a strong running game with Ari Johnson and Rico Tipton coupled with the receiving exploits of Brandon Krcilek.  But, Pinnacle wouldn't crumble under the early deficit and came all the way back before falling to the Huskies 37-35.

Ultimately, it took an amazing catch by junior Kyeler Burke on fourth-and-19 to put Hamilton on the Pioneer 10-yard line with just under a minute remaining.  Dylan Brown booted a 28-yard field goal to send the Huskies back to Chandler with a tight victory.

"Dylan's a good kicker and that was a straight-on kick," Hamilton head coach Steve Belles said.  "It's nice it went through the uprights for us."

Krcilek came up big both as a receiver and on special teams.  The 6-2 senior, whose only offer thus far is from Arizona Christian, caught nine passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.  He also routinely boomed kickoffs through the end zone and launched punts of 50 and 70 yards to keep Pinnacle in poor field position for a good portion of the night.

Hamilton (3-0) came out with a ball-control offense and consumed more than half of the opening quarter.  Johnson rumbled his way through the middle from three yards out to cap a 13-play drive that went 70 yards.  Ten of the plays were runs.

Early in the second quarter, senior Morris Kroma intercepted Pinnacle quarterback Brian Lewerke in what would be the game's only turnover.  The Huskies capitalized on the short (26-yard) field as starting quarterback James Sosinski connected with Krcilek for a 15-yard scoring play.  The lead at this point was only 12-0 as both extra points were missed.  Eventually, those would loom large.

"It was just good execution," Belles said.  "We were doing all the little things right in the first half."

Junior running back Nick Ferrara (who finished with 110 yards) had a couple first-down runs to bring the Pioneers into Hamilton territory.  He had three cracks inside the 10 and punched it in with an inside run to bring Pinnacle to within 12-7.

Hamilton then brought on Travis Lockhart, who has played in all three of the Huskies' games this season.  In what would be his only series at quarterback, he completed a pass to Krcilek near midfield.  The receiver tiptoed the sidelines and dashed for a 69-yard touchdown increasing the HHS lead.

"We were watching a lot of film," Krcilek said.  "We used short passes to change it up in the middle.  Their DBs were fast."

A sack by Emmanuel Byarm forced Pinnacle to punt late in the half.  Sosinski returned to the game and ran the two-minute offense completing passes to Krcilek and Burke for an 11-play drive resulting in a touchdown to Burke from the 9-yard line for a 26-7 halftime lead.

With the score lopsided at the half, the statistics were also as Hamilton held a 167-69 advantage in passing yardage.  But, Pinnacle quarterback Brian Lewerke would be heard from before the night was out.

In the third quarter, Hamilton tacked on another touchdown as Tipton followed up a 42-yard run to the 3-yard line with a touchdown carry.  Pinnacle jumped offside on the point-after attempt, so the Huskies decided to go for two.  Ari Johnson's catch of a Sosinski pass gave HHS a 34-7 lead.  Those two points didn't really seem necessary at the time, but they would also play a factor.

Pinnacle (2-1) showed the fight in the second half that it had in last year's regular season game at Hamilton (a 24-20 loss).  Lewerke ended a string of nine straight incompletions with a 32-yard pass to Cules Rose to get the Pioneers inside the 5-yard line.  His next pass was in the arms of junior Justin Mandrola in the end zone to begin the comeback.

The next time PHS had the ball, it started at midfield.  Lewerke, a Michigan State-commit, once again hooked up with Rose on the very first play for a 50-yard touchdown strike.

Another stop by the Pioneer defense gave the ball back to the suddenly-hot offense.  Lewerke took the Pioneers 65 yards ending it with a zip of a pass to senior Adam Turner from the 8-yard line making the score 34-28.

The Pinnacle defense continued its tough ways stopping the Huskies on a three-and-out for a fourth consecutive drive.  In those four possessions after taking a 34-7 lead, Hamilton had just four yards of offense.

Krcilek boomed a 70-yard punt seemingly letting all the Hamilton frustrations out (with a nice roll) to pin the Pioneers on their own four yard line with six minutes to play.

"When it's time to kick, it's time to kick and when it's time to do other things, I go 100 percent," Krcilek said.

The thriller continued as Lewerke scrambled for a 25-yard run to cross into Hamilton territory.  He rushed for 99 yards (a career high) and passed for 268 (a season best).

This time, it was a run by Mandrola into the north end zone and Pinnacle had come all the way back.  The extra point by Jeff McGuire gave the Pioneers a 35-34 lead and what might have been the best birthday present head coach Dana Zupke could have ever asked for.

"At halftime, we said 'Just keep playing'," Zupke said.  "Our kids trusted in the coaches and each other and we started figuring it out,"

Burke's catch came after a bad snap on third down near midfield forcing the fourth-and-19 play which may as well have been fourth-and-forever.

"You have got to give it to Kyeler Burke," Zupke said.  "He just willed himself on that play."

Hamilton will finally play a home game next Friday.  School started in the Chandler District back on July 21 and the Huskies played their first game at O'Connor on August 22.  The Huskies will host Liberty HS from Henderson, Nevada.  Last season, HHS was nursing several injuries yet came away with a 14-10 victory against the Patriots in a game played just outside Las Vegas.  Liberty will come in with the same record as the Huskies - 3-0.

Pinnacle gets another chance on home turf against a school from Chandler as Basha makes the trip north.  The Bears are 3-0 after an easy win over Cesar Chavez Friday night.  Basha is led by sophomore quarterback Ryan Kelley, who had six touchdown passes in the Bears' first two games.

"We need to get to the quarterback and work on our defense against the pass," Zupke said.

Huskies 37, Pioneers 35

1 2 3 4 F
Hamilton 6 20  8  3 37
Pinnacle 
0  7 14 14 35

First Quarter:
Ham - Ari Johnson 1 yard run (kick failed), 5:41
Second Quarter:
Ham - Brandon Krcilek 15 yard pass from James Sosinski (kick failed), 9:00
Pinn - Nick Ferrara 2 yard run (Jeff McGuire kick), 4:09
Ham - Krcilek 69 yard pass from Travis Lockhart (Dylan Brown kick), 3:01
Ham - Kyeler Burke 9 yard pass from Sosinski (Brown kick), 0:03
Third Quarter:
Ham - Rico Tipton 1 yard run (Johnson pass from Sosinski), 9:08
Pinn - Justin Mandrola 4 yard pass from Brian Lewerke (McGuire kick), 6:01
Pinn - Cules Rose 50 yard pass from Lewerke (McGuire kick), 4:00
Fourth Quarter:
Pinn - Adam Turner 8 yard pass from Lewerke (McGuire kick), 10:58
Pinn - Mandrola 6 yard run (McGuire kick), 3:30
Ham - Brown 28 yard FG, 0:37

PHOTO CAPTION:  Hamilton receiver Kyeler Burke (4) outjumps the Pinnacle defender to come down with a critical reception in the final minute of Friday's 37-35 road victory.  Burke scored a touchdown late in the first half and this catch set up a field goal to propel the Huskies to a 3-0 record.

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FOOTBALL POWER POINTS - 2014

(NOTE:  These are not the official AIA ones)


 

DIVISION I

School Section Record Week 4 Game
Power Points  
1. Hamilton
Sect. 1 3-0 vs. Liberty (NV)
 90.0000


2. Chandler
Sect. 1 3-0 @ Mountain Pointe
 83.3333
3. Basha
Sect. 1 3-0 @ Pinnacle
 80.0000


4. Gilbert
Sect. 1 2-1 @ Skyline
 73.3333

5. Skyline
Sect. 3 3-0 vs. Gilbert
 71.6667

6.
Boulder Creek
Sect. 5 3-0 vs. Corona del Sol
 70.0000

6. Desert Ridge
Sect. 3 3-0 @ Millennium
 70.0000

8. Highland
Sect. 1 2-1 vs. Mountain Ridge
 68.3333

9. Mountain Pointe
Sect. 4 4-0 vs. Chandler
 65.0000

9. Perry
Sect. 1 2-1 vs. Mesa Mountain View
 65.0000

11.
Valley Vista
Sect. 2 3-0 @ Mesa
 63.3333

12. Horizon
Sect. 5 2-1 vs. Paradise Valley
 60.0000

13. Pinnacle Sect. 5
2-1 vs. Basha
 58.3333

14. Westview
Sect. 2 2-1 @ O'Connor
 55.0000

15. Millennium
Sect. 2 1-2 vs. Desert Ridge
 53.3333

16. O'Connor
Sect. 5 2-2 vs. Westview
 51.2500

17. Mountain Ridge
Sect. 5 1-2 @ Highland
 48.3333
18.
Mesa
Sect. 3 1-2 vs. Valley Vista
 46.6667

19. Corona del Sol
Sect. 4 1-2 @ Boulder Creek
 45.0000

19. Desert Vista
Sect. 4 1-2 @ Marana Mountain View
 45.0000

21.
Desert Mountain
Sect. 3 1-2 @ Chaparral
 41.6667

 

21. Dobson
Sect. 4 1-2 @ Maryvale
 41.6667

23. Brophy
Sect. 4 1-3 @ Red Mountain
 38.7500

24. North Canyon
Sect. 5 0-3 vs. Lake Havasu
 38.3333

25. Mesa Mountain View
Sect. 3 0-3 @ Perry
 33.3333

26. Cesar Chavez
Sect. 2
0-3 @ Marcos de Niza
 31.6667
26. Maryvale
Sect. 2 0-3 vs. Dobson
 31.6667
28. Red Mountain
Sect. 3 0-3 vs. Brophy
 28.3333

29. North
Sect. 2 0-3 @ Mingus
 26.6667

The top team from each section based on section record is guaranteed playoff one of the 16 playoff berths.  These 16 teams will be seeded in a bracket according to the final power points.

These are NOT the official AIA power point rankings.  Those will not be released until the after the Week 5 games.  In the meantime, I figured I would dig up the 2009 formula which awarded 50 points for a win and 5 points for each opponent win, divided by number of games played, to give people a gauge of where teams stand.  On the night of September 30, these will change to the actual AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps.

The AIA works with Maxpreps in devising the power points formula.  This is a statistical method that incorporates an algorithm not able to be duplicated by Gridiron Arizona.  For more on the formulas, or to see the points for Divisions III, IV, V, and VI, see the AIA web site at www.aiaonline.org.

 

DIVISION II

School Section Record
Week 4 Game

Power Points  
1. Deer Valley
Sect. 3 3-0
vs. Willow Canyon

 76.6667


1. Westwood
Sect. 6 3-0
@ Gila Ridge

 76.6667
3. Salpointe
Sect. 5 3-0
@ Campo Verde

 73.3333
4. Liberty
Sect. 3 4-0

vs. Apollo

 71.2500

5. Paradise Valley
Sect. 7 3-0
@ Horizon

 68.3333

6. Arcadia
Sect. 7 3-0
vs. Maricopa

 66.6667

6. Marcos de Niza
Sect. 6 2-1
vs. Cesar Chavez

 66.6667

6. Sahuaro
Sect. 2 3-0
@ Kofa

 66.6667

9. Willow Canyon
Sect. 3 2-1
@ Deer Valley

 65.0000

10. Sunnyslope
Sect. 1
3-0
@ Tolleson

 63.3333

11.
Apollo
Sect. 3 2-1
@ Liberty

 61.6667

12.
Campo Verde
Sect. 6 3-1
vs. Salpointe

 61.2500

13. Chaparral
Sect. 7 2-1

vs. Desert Mountain

 60.0000

13. Ironwood Ridge
Sect. 5
3-1
@ Buena

 60.0000

13. Poston Butte
Sect. 6 3-1
vs. Notre Dame

 60.0000

16. Tucson
Sect. 5 2-1

vs. Sunnyside

 58.3333

17. Cienega
Sect. 2 2-1

@ Canyon del Oro

 56.6667

18. Cibola
Sect. 4 3-1
@ Brawley (CA)

 55.0000

19. Fairfax
Sect. 1
2-1
@ St. Mary's

 53.3333

19. Mesquite
Sect. 6
1-2
@ Ironwood

 53.3333

19.
Notre Dame
Sect. 7 1-2
@ Poston Butte

 53.3333

 

19. St. Mary's
Sect. 1 2-1
vs. Fairfax

 53.3333
23. Lake Havasu
Sect. 4 3-1
@ North Canyon

 52.5000
24. La Joya
Sect. 1 2-1
@ Camelback

 51.6667

25.
Centennial
Sect. 3 1-2
@ Kellis

 50.0000
25. Gila Ridge
Sect. 4 2-2
vs. Westwood

 50.0000

27. Cactus Shadows
Sect. 7 1-2
vs. Higley

 48.3333
28. Marana Mountain View
Sect. 5 1-2
vs. Desert Vista

 46.6667
28. Rincon
Sect. 5 1-2
vs. Pueblo

 46.6667

30. Sunnyside
Sect. 2 1-2
@ Tucson

 45.0000
31. Kofa
Sect. 4 2-2
vs. Sahuaro

 43.7500
32. Ironwood
Sect. 3 1-2
vs. Mesquite

 43.3333
32. Vista Grande
Sect. 5 1-2
@ Casa Grande

 43.3333
34. Tolleson
Sect. 1 1-2
vs. Sunnyslope

 38.3333
35. Nogales
Sect. 2
1-2
vs. Cholla

 36.6667

36. Kellis
Sect. 3 0-3
vs. Centennial

 31.6667
37. Yuma
Sect. 4 0-4
vs. Calipatria (CA)

 27.5000

38. Camelback
Sect. 1 0-3
vs. La Joya

 26.6667

38. Copper Canyon
Sect. 1 0-3

@ Trevor Browne


 26.6667


38. Desert View
Sect. 2 0-3
vs. Sabino

 26.6667

41. Trevor Browne
Sect. 1 0-3
vs. Copper Canyon

 25.0000
42. Buena
Sect. 2 0-4
vs. Ironwood Ridge

 23.7500
43.
Carl Hayden
Sect. 1 0-3
vs. Coronado

 20.0000

The top team from each section based on section record is guaranteed playoff one of the 16 playoff berths.  These 16 teams will be seeded in a bracket according to the final power points.

These are NOT the official AIA power point rankings.  Those will not be released until the after the Week 5 games.  In the meantime, I figured I would dig up the 2009 formula which awarded 50 points for a win and 5 points for each opponent win, divided by number of games played, to give people a gauge of where teams stand.  On the night of September 30, these will change to the actual AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps.

The AIA works with Maxpreps in devising the power points formula.  This is a statistical method that incorporates an algorithm not able to be duplicated by Gridiron Arizona.  For more on the formulas, or to see the points for Divisions III, IV, V, and VI, see the AIA web site at www.aiaonline.org.