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GAMES OF AUG. 22, 2014:

Hamilton at O'Connor
North at Kofa
Brophy at Bishop Gorman (NV)
Cibola at Trevor Browne
Buena at Salpointe
Ironwood Ridge at Liberty
Gila Ridge at Mohave
Kingman at Lake Havasu
Yuma at Parker
Goldwater at Campo Verde
Poston Butte at Queen Creek

GAME OF AUG. 23, 2014:

Mountain Pointe vs. Reed (NV)
(Game @ Bishop Gorman HS)


GAME OF AUG. 28, 2014:

Marana at Marana Mtn View
Tucson at Sahuaro
Gilbert at Mesquite
Nogales at Canyon del Oro

GAMES OF AUG. 29, 2014:

Basha at Desert Vista
Chandler at Centennial
Highland at Queen Creek
Sunnyside at Perry
Mtn Ridge at Cesar Chavez
O'Connor at Maryvale
Millennium at North Canyon
Mountain Pointe at North
Valley Vista at Willow Canyon
Brophy at Desert Mountain
Dobson at Mesa
Bldr Creek at Mesa Mtn View
Pinnacle at Red Mountain
Skyline at St. Mary's
Buena at Corona del Sol
Horizon at Marcos de Niza
Paradise Valley at Camelback
Carl Hayden at McClintock
Copper Canyon at Arcadia
Notre Dame at Fairfax
Westwood at La Joya
Sunnyslope at Washington
Tolleson at Verrado
Cienega at Ironwood Ridge
Desert View at Cat. Foothills
Bradshaw Mountain at Apollo
Shadow Ridge at Deer Valley
Sunrise Mountain at Ironwood
Cactus Shadows at Kellis
Desert Edge at Liberty
Cibola at Imperial (CA)
Poston Butte at Gila Ridge
Kofa at Central (CA)
Coconino at Lake Havasu
Yuma at Higley
Rincon at Santa Rita
Salpointe at Sabino
Vista Grande at Buckeye
Catalina at Campo Verde
Chaparral at Saguaro
Westview (CA) at Westview

GAME OF AUG. 30, 2014:

Desert Ridge at Eastlake (CA)

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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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Ranking the quarterbacks

Paradise Valley's Bridge-Gadd has lots of potential

WEEKLY BLOG:  7/12/14

As we sit less than six weeks away from the start of the season, I figured it would be a good time to take an assessment of some of the top quarterbacks in Division I and II.

Now, before getting to this list which features nine seniors at the position, I wanted to get a few caveats out.

In compiling this ranking of signal callers, only QBs in Division I and II were considered.  After all, the 72 schools that play at the largest level are the primary focus of this web site.  Next, I weighed past performance at the varsity level heavily.  In other words, all of the quarterbacks you will see below were starters on Friday nights last year.  Yes, I realize that at the end of the season, there will undoubtedly be players you (and I) would call "Top 10" players that will throw their first varsity passes this August.  Rather than speculate on possible performance of these athletes that still need to prove themselves, I wanted to look at those who have been through the travails of leading their teams out on the field under the lights and in front of the crowds.

So, feel free to debate away.  After all, for the next month or so, as team bonding camps happen leading up to padded practices, there really are no wrong answers.

1.  Pinnacle senior Brian Lewerke

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder completed 176 passes last year (for 2,780 yards) and threw a TD pass in all 12 of the Pioneers' games.  His 33 touchdown passes were the second-highest in Division I.  With incoming transfer Adam Turner (from Thunderbird) coupled with Cules Rose, Lewerke will once again be dialing up the passing game.  He is also Pinnacle's leading returning rusher (464 yards), so expect an increase in the amount of attempts as the new running backs take shape.  Lewerke committed to Michigan State back in April and competed in the Elite 11 earlier this week in Oregon.  He is a pro-style QB that can also make things happen with his feet.

2.  Chandler senior Bryce Perkins

He threw for 2,244 yards and 24 TDs with just six interceptions to earn First Team, All-Section honors as a first-year starter.  Like Wolves-alum Brett Hundley, Perkins is a dual-threat quarterback that is durable at 6-3, 205, and is most dangerous running the football out of the Chandler spread attack.  He carried the rock 125 times for 808 yards and had 18 touchdowns.  Perkins will have to find a new favorite target following the graduations of Dionte Sykes and Mitch McCulley.  Perkins also committed in April, deciding to stay closer to home and attend Arizona State.

3.  Horizon senior Dalton Sneed

He is at the controls of what might be the fastest-tempo offense in the state.  Horizon ran an average of 53 plays per game last season and Sneed completed 70 percent of his 290 passes for 3,740 yards along with 44 touchdowns.  This will be his third year as a starter.  Sneed had at least 2 TD passes in each of the Huskies' 11 games.  Overall, the 6-foot, 190-pound senior was named by Division I, Section 5 as its First Team quarterback.  However, he won't be having the luxury of 1,000-yard rusher Luke Quinn in the backfield this season.  In June, Sneed became the first member of the Class of 2015 to commit to play at UNLV.

4.  Paradise Valley junior Daniel Bridge-Gadd

Was the starter in Game 1 of his sophomore year and led Division II, Section 7 with 2,410 yards out of the air-raid spread under Donnie Yantis.  New head coach Greg Davis will have the Trojans more run-oriented, but will stick with the spread.  Besides having the experience of a year of starting under his belt, there's a good chance Bridge-Gadd's touchdown-to-interception ratio (27/12 last year) will get better with two returning receivers (Zach Compestine and Brenden Best).  He has nice size at 6-3, 185 and spreads the ball around to several different teammates.

5.  Chaparral senior Sean Paul Brophy

Injured his back midway through last season, but returned in time for the playoffs and led the Firebirds to the Division II title game.  Brophy has one of the strongest arms in the Valley.  Although new coach Conrad Hamilton's background is defense, the Chaparral staff brings a change in offensive coordinator with Rudy Carpenter of ASU fame.  Brophy started nine games and threw for 2,167 yards with 67 percent accuracy.  He has been offered by Weber State of the Big Sky Conference.  The 6-3, 195-pound player also participated in the Prodigy Athletes College Showcase last month at Linfield Christian School in Temecula (CA).

6.  St. Mary's senior Gabe Losada

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder flourished in his second year as a starter for the Knights and threw nine touchdown passes against Camelback in a 74-32 victory.  Those nine strikes tied Losada for the most in a game in the nation last season.  He will also enjoy the services of his top two receivers (Tino Vidales and John Moser) for another year.  The SMHS roster may have only had 29 players last year, but the team averaged 35 points per game with Losada lighting it up for 42 TDs and 3,448 yards albeit against a soft Division II, Section 1 schedule.  He holds an offer from new NAIA-member Arizona Christian.

7.  Liberty senior Tyler Wyatt

Took over as the starting QB last season and led the Lions to the Division II quarterfinals.  He excels in many different areas at Liberty.  On the diamond last spring, Wyatt batted .472 playing shortstop and pitching (with a 2.10 ERA) for the Lions.  On the football field, he threw a TD pass in every game and had 2,745 yards.  Wyatt also booted seven field goals (long of 47 yards) and scored 15 touchdowns rushing.  He has a strong arm and his leadership skills smoothed the Lions' transition into Division II.  With Wyatt behind center, the Centennial-Liberty game should be another entertaining battle come the last Friday of September.

8.  Valley Vista senior Damian Alarcon

His 1,923 passing yards and 20 TD tosses were tops in Division I, Section 2.  It was Alarcon's first season at Valley Vista after starting for Coconino as a sophomore.  He did a solid job running the Monsoon offense, which averaged 358 yards per game.  Great size at 6-3, 225 pounds.  VVHS runs a fast-paced pistol offense with one back.  He can also take off and run a little bit.  Against Mountain View, Alarcon had 72 yards rushing with his longest carry a gain of 34.

9.  Cienega senior Adriell Alvarado

The third-year starter threw for 1,811 yards and 16 TDs as a pocket passer for the Bobcats.  Alvarado has his most experienced receiver back in Cody Carpenter.  But, he will also spread the ball around.  Seven different Bobcat receivers caught touchdown passes from the 6-foot-1, 185-pound signal caller.  This shows he uses progression to read the defense and throw to the open man.

10.  Ironwood Ridge senior Dylan Key

The 5-foot-11, 155-pounder is entering his second year as a starter.  Key didn't have the starting job until the Nighthawks' second game of the season at Cienega.  Against the Bobcats, he completed 8-of-11 passes to lead IRHS to a comeback victory.  For the year, he had 15 TD passes and 1,380 yards directing a team that had lost 21 of 22 starters from its championship season of 2012 back to the Division II playoffs.
 

PHOTO CAPTION:  Paradise Valley quarterback Daniel Bridge-Gadd lets a pass fly in a home game from last October.  He was named to the All-Section First Team for Division II, Section 7 following a season with 2,410 yards and 27 touchdowns.  Four times, Bridge-Gadd attempted 40 or more passes in a game during his sophomore season.

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FOOTBALL POWER POINTS - 2014

(as per AIA/Maxpreps)


 

DIVISION I

School Section Record First Game
Power Points  
1. Basha
Sect. 1 0-0 @ Desert Vista
 0.0000


1. Boulder Creek
Sect. 5 0-0 @ Mesa Mountain View
 0.0000
1. Brophy
Sect. 4 0-0 @ Bishop Gorman (Wk 0)
 0.0000


1. Cesar Chavez
Sect. 2 0-0 vs. Mountain Ridge
 0.0000

1. Chandler
Sect. 1 0-0 @ Centennial
 0.0000

1. Corona del Sol
Sect. 4 0-0 vs. Buena
 0.0000

1. Desert Mountain
Sect. 3 0-0 vs. Brophy
 0.0000

1. Desert Ridge
Sect. 3 0-0 @ Eastlake (CA)
 0.0000

1. Desert Vista
Sect. 4 0-0 vs. Basha
 0.0000

1. Dobson
Sect. 4 0-0 @ Mesa
 0.0000

1. Gilbert
Sect. 1 0-0 @ Mesquite
 0.0000

1. Hamilton
Sect. 1 0-0 @ O'Connor (Wk 0)
 0.0000

1. Highland Sect. 1 0-0 @ Queen Creek
 0.0000

1. Horizon
Sect. 5 0-0 @ Marcos de Niza
 0.0000

1. Maryvale
Sect. 2 0-0 vs. O'Connor
 0.0000

1. Mesa
Sect. 3 0-0 vs. Dobson
 0.0000

1. Millennium
Sect. 2 0-0 @ North Canyon
 0.0000
1.
Mountain Pointe
Sect. 4 0-0 @ Reed (NV) (Wk 0)
 0.0000

1. Mountain Ridge
Sect. 5 0-0 @ Cesar Chavez
 0.0000

1. Mesa Mountain View
Sect. 3 0-0 vs. Boulder Creek
 0.0000

1.
North
Sect. 2 0-0 @ Kofa (Wk 0)
 0.0000

 

1. North Canyon
Sect. 5 0-0 vs. Millennium
 0.0000

1. O'Connor
Sect. 5 0-0 vs. Hamilton (Wk 0)
 0.0000

1. Perry Sect. 1 0-0 vs. Sunnyside
 0.0000

1. Pinnacle
Sect. 5 0-0 @ Red Mountain
 0.0000

1. Red Mountain
Sect. 3
0-0 vs. Pinnacle
 0.0000
1. Skyline
Sect. 3 0-0 @ St. Mary's
 0.0000
1. Valley Vista
Sect. 2 0-0 @ Willow Canyon
 0.0000

1. Westview
Sect. 2 0-0 vs. Westview (CA)
 0.0000

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.

The AIA works with Maxpreps in devising the power points formula.  These will officially be released after the Week 5 games.  This is a statistical method that incorporates an alogrithm 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
First Game

Power Points  
1. Apollo
Sect. 3 0-0
vs. Bradshaw Mountain

 0.0000


1. Arcadia
Sect. 7 0-0
vs. Copper Canyon

 0.0000
1. Buena
Sect. 2 0-0
@ Salpointe (Wk 0)

 0.0000
1. Cactus Shadows
Sect. 7 0-0

@ Kellis

 0.0000

1. Camelback
Sect. 1 0-0
vs. Paradise Valley

 0.0000

1. Campo Verde
Sect. 6 0-0
vs. Goldwater (Wk 0)

 0.0000

1. Carl Hayden
Sect. 1 0-0
@ McClintock

 0.0000

1. Centennial
Sect. 3 0-0
vs. Chandler

 0.0000

1. Chaparral
Sect. 7 0-0
@ Saguaro

 0.0000

1. Cibola
Sect. 4 0-0
@ Trevor Browne (Wk 0)

 0.0000

1.
Cienega
Sect. 2 0-0
@ Ironwood Ridge

 0.0000

1.
Copper Canyon
Sect. 1 0-0
@ Arcadia

 0.0000

1. Deer Valley
Sect. 3 0-0

vs. Shadow Ridge

 0.0000

1. Desert View
Sect. 2 0-0
@ Catalina Foothills

 0.0000

1. Fairfax
Sect. 1 0-0
vs. Notre Dame

 0.0000

1. Gila Ridge
Sect. 4 0-0

@ Mohave (Wk 0)

 0.0000

1. Ironwood
Sect. 3 0-0

vs. Sunrise Mountain

 0.0000

1. Ironwood Ridge
Sect. 5 0-0
@ Liberty (Wk 0)

 0.0000

1. Kellis
Sect. 3 0-0
vs. Cactus Shadows

 0.0000

1. Kofa
Sect. 4
0-0
vs. North (Wk 0)

 0.0000

1.
La Joya
Sect. 1 0-0
vs. Westwood

 0.0000

 

1. Lake Havasu
Sect. 4 0-0
vs. Kingman (Wk 0)

 0.0000
1. Liberty
Sect. 3 0-0
vs. Ironwood Ridge (Wk 0)

 0.0000
1. Marcos de Niza
Sect. 6 0-0
vs. Horizon

 0.0000

1.
Mesquite
Sect. 6 0-0
vs. Gilbert

 0.0000
1. Marana Mountain View
Sect. 5 0-0
vs. Marana

 0.0000

1. Nogales
Sect. 2 0-0
@ Canyon del Oro

 0.0000
1. Notre Dame
Sect. 7 0-0
@ Fairfax

 0.0000
1. Paradise Valley
Sect. 7 0-0
@ Camelback

 0.0000

1. Poston Butte
Sect. 6 0-0
@ Queen Creek (Wk 0)

 0.0000
1. Rincon
Sect. 5 0-0
@ Santa Rita

 0.0000
1. Sahuaro
Sect. 2 0-0
vs. Tucson

 0.0000
1. St. Mary's
Sect. 1 0-0
vs. Skyline

 0.0000
1. Salpointe
Sect. 5 0-0
vs. Buena (Wk 0)

 0.0000
1. Sunnyside
Sect. 2
0-0
@ Perry

 0.0000

1. Sunnyslope
Sect. 1 0-0
@ Washington 

 0.0000
1. Tolleson
Sect. 1 0-0
@ Verrado

 0.0000

1. Trevor Browne
Sect. 1 0-0
vs. Cibola (Wk 0)

 0.0000

1. Tucson
Sect. 5 0-0

@ Sahuaro


 0.0000


1. Vista Grande
Sect. 5 0-0
@ Buckeye

 0.0000

1. Westwood
Sect. 6 0-0
@ La Joya

 0.0000
1. Willow Canyon
Sect. 3 0-0
vs. Valley Vista

 0.0000
1.
Yuma
Sect. 4 0-0
@ Parker (Wk 0)

 0.0000

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.

The AIA works with Maxpreps in devising the power points formula.  These will officially be released after the Week 5 games.  This is a statistical method that incorporates an alogrithm 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.