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2014 Playoffs

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State Championships


Division I

GAME OF NOV. 28, 2014:



(2) Chandler
 
(1) Hamilton
       

(Game at U. of Phoenix Stadium)




Division II

GAME OF NOV. 29, 2014:



(3) Centennial
 
(1) Liberty
       

(Game at Sun Devil Stadium)




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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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Battles in the trenches critical

Liberty C Brickel will try to hold off Centennial D that made stops in first meeting

PLAYOFF BLOG:  11/25/14

Thanksgiving weekend brings State Championships and you can title the Division I and II games as "Rivalries Renewed".

In Division I, it simply doesn't get any bigger than Hamilton vs. Chandler.  Particularly now, that the Wolves have defeated HHS in each of the last two regular seasons.  But, Hamilton won the game that "really" counted last year in the semifinals denying the Wolves a chance at a spot in the title game.  But this season, Chandler High is here for the first time since the AIA started conducting playoffs in 1959.  The Wolves were named the State Champions in 1949 after a perfect 10-0 season.  It was Chandler's first, and still only, football title.  Hamilton, meanwhile, is back at University of Phoenix Stadium for the seventh straight year and is a victory away from its eighth gold ball.

On the other side of town, the Division II title game is a battle of "new" Peoria rivals.  Liberty moved up to Division II in 2013 and has played Centennial just twice.  Both were Centennial victories, including one in September that was the Lions' lone setback this year.  This is just the seventh season for Liberty football.  When the Lions began in 2008, the Coyotes finished the year winning their third straight Class 5A-II championship.  Centennial made trips to the finals in 2010 and 2012, but came up on the short end both times.

Capsule previews of these two games for fans to feast on:


DIVISION I:

No. 2 Chandler (12-1) vs. No. 1 Hamilton (12-1)
Site: 
University of Phoenix Stadium
When:  Friday, November 28, 7 pm.
Last meeting: Chandler 56  Hamilton 24 (Week 6, 2014)
Last week:  Chandler beat Mountain Pointe 43-22; Hamilton beat Brophy 24-7
Outlook:  Chandler led all the way in a 43-22 victory over Mountain Pointe last Friday.  Quarterback Bryce Perkins (129 yards) and RB Chase Lucas (116 yards, 1 TD) led the ground game while Perkins passed for 153 yards and three scores.  The Wolves rolled past HHS 56-24 on Oct. 2, ending a 64-game home winning streak for the Huskies.  A year earlier, Chandler won its first game in the series (on its 18th try).  In the year's first meeting, Perkins passed for 407 yards and six scores - four to Justin Jan.  University of Massachusetts-commit James Sosinski has had a brilliant senior season for Hamilton, passing for over 2,200 yards and 24 TDs.  WRs Kyeler Burke (70 catches, 932 yards, 10 TDs) and Brandon Krcilek (45 catches, 752 yards, 11 TDs) have shared in the fun.  Tristen Vance (104 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5 sacks) leads on defense along with defensive linemen Caleb Peart (73 tackles, 9 for loss, 13 sacks) and Garrett Rand (53 tackles, 10 sacks).  The Huskies are balanced and have 29 rushing touchdowns this season.  Hamilton will try to use that run game to control the ball and keep the lethal Chandler offense on the sidelines.


DIVISION II:

No. 3 Centennial (11-2) vs. No. 1 Liberty (12-1)
Site: 
Sun Devil Stadium
When:  Saturday, November 29, 4:30 pm.
Last meeting: Centennial 17  Liberty 14 (Week 5, 2014)
Last week:  Centennial beat Chaparral 24-0; Liberty beat Cienega 47-0
Outlook:  Chaparral scored 21 of its 24 points in the first half in last week's semifinal shutout of Chaparral.  QB Isaac Steele connected with Daniel Smith for a 63-yard pass, but it was Dedrick Young's two early touchdowns that set the tone for the Coyotes' win.  Young scored a touchdown for the sixth straight game and finished with 175 yards.  Centennial will try to bring straight-ahead power.  The Coyotes rushed the ball on 45 of their 52 plays from scrimmage last week.  Centennial edged then-undefeated Liberty 17-14 in a classic defensive battle midway through the season, and this one could be just as close.  The Lions have made huge statements each of the past two weeks defeating Paradise Valley (who was 10-1), 42-13 and Cienega (who was 11-1), 47-0.  Junior Chase Hulbert leads Liberty with 120 tackles, 17 of which have been for a loss.  The Lions have a good mix of the run with RB Jake Schuiteboer (15 touchdowns) and the pass, with QB Tyler Wyatt throwing to Deyton Jackson.  LB Troy Bethsold is a handful on defense, too, along with 6-3, 270-pound DL Aaron Blackwell.  Liberty knows what the Coyotes will do most of the time, but that doesn't mean the Lions can stop them.  Keeping tabs on Young will be the primary factor in completing the dream season for Liberty.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Liberty center Blake Brickel establishes position and keeps pass rushers and would-be tacklers away from the ball.  For the season, the Lions' offense is averaging 40.9 points per game.  LHS has topped that number in each of the past five games.  We'll find out if the Lions have peaked at the right time this Saturday night in Tempe when Liberty takes on Centennial, the only team to keep it under 24 points (and defeat it) this season.

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FOOTBALL POWER POINTS - 2014 (FINAL)

(as per AIA/MaxPreps)


 

DIVISION I

School Section Record Championship Game
Power Points  
1. Hamilton
Sect. 1 12-1 vs. Chandler
 20.3276
2. CHANDLER
Sect. 1 12-1 vs. Hamilton
 19.2516
3. PINNACLE
Sect. 5 10-2  
 16.6839
4. BROPHY
Sect. 4
10-4  
 15.1754

5. DESERT RIDGE
Sect. 3 10-2  
 14.6988

6.
Mountain Pointe
Sect. 4 10-3  
 14.1582

7. Basha
Sect. 1 7-5  
 10.6525

8. Boulder Creek
Sect. 5 8-3  
 10.4829

9. Skyline
Sect. 3 10-2  
 10.2346

10. O'Connor
Sect. 5 7-5  
   9.7268

11.
WESTVIEW
Sect. 2
8-3  
   8.8583

12. Horizon
Sect. 5 7-4  
   8.4597

13. Perry Sect. 1
5-6  
   5.2808

14. Highland
Sect. 1
5-6  
   4.9737

15. Red Mountain
Sect. 3 3-8  
   2.4069

16. Valley Vista
Sect. 2 6-5  
   1.1673


Desert Vista
Sect. 4 3-7  
   0.9126

Cesar Chavez
Sect. 2
4-6  
   0.6188


Mesa Mountain View
Sect. 3 3-7  
   0.4355


Dobson
Sect. 4 5-5  
   0.3201


Gilbert
Sect. 1 2-8  
   0.0258



Millennium
Sect. 2 4-6  
 - 0.1113


Mesa
Sect. 3 3-7  
 - 1.2358


Mountain Ridge
Sect. 5
1-9  
 - 1.4539


Desert Mountain
Sect. 3 1-9  
 - 5.1518


Corona del Sol
Sect. 4
1-9  
 - 5.5592

North Canyon
Sect. 5 0-10  
 - 8.8127

North
Sect. 2 1-9  
-10.3464


Maryvale
Sect. 2 0-10
 
-13.9580

CAPS - Indicates Clinched Section title

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.

NOTE: Mountain Ridge and North Canyon were both given forfeits following their brawl in Week 10. Both games were recorded as a loss and the game is not included in the power point rankings.

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.aia365.com.

 

DIVISION II

School Section Record
Championship Game

Power Points  
1. Liberty
Sect. 3 12-1
vs. Centennial

  16.5209


2. IRONWOOD RIDGE
Sect. 5 9-2
 

  15.4483
3. CENTENNIAL
Sect. 3 11-2
vs. Liberty

  15.2069
4. CIENEGA
Sect. 2 11-2

 

  14.0326

5. Deer Valley
Sect. 3 8-3
 

  11.4815

6. SUNNYSLOPE
Sect. 1 11-1
 

  10.6962

7. Westwood
Sect. 6 9-2
 

   9.6144

8. PARADISE VALLEY
Sect. 7 10-2
 

   9.5397

9. Sahuaro
Sect. 2 9-2
 

   9.0817

10. Chaparral
Sect. 7
9-4
 

   8.7616

11.
Salpointe
Sect. 5 8-3
 

   8.3648

12.
MARCOS DE NIZA
Sect. 6 7-5
 

   7.5375

13. Poston Butte
Sect. 6 7-4

 

   6.9916

14. LAKE HAVASU
Sect. 4
8-3
 

   5.2966

x- Marana Mountain View
Sect. 5 6-4
 

   4.4431

15. Sunnyside
Sect. 2 7-5

 

   3.5321

16.
St. Mary's
Sect. 1 7-4

 

   2.5524


Arcadia
Sect. 7 7-3
 

   2.0306


Mesquite
Sect. 6
4-6

 

   1.9276


La Joya
Sect. 1
7-3
 

   1.5677


Gila Ridge
Sect. 4 5-5
 

   1.5026


Apollo
Sect. 3 4-6
 

   1.3061

Campo Verde
Sect. 6 5-6
 

   1.2162

Cibola
Sect. 4 5-5
 

   0.0078


Willow Canyon
Sect. 3 4-6
 

 - 0.0799

Notre Dame
Sect. 7 4-6
 

 - 0.3190


Tolleson
Sect. 1
6-4
 

 - 0.4783

Ironwood
Sect. 3 3-7

 

 - 0.7818

Tucson
Sect. 5 4-6
 

 - 1.5308


Cactus Shadows
Sect. 7 3-7
 

 - 3.4091

Buena
Sect. 2 3-8
 

 - 3.9037

Nogales
Sect. 2 4-6
 

 - 3.9409

Fairfax
Sect. 1 4-6
 

 - 4.8121

Vista Grande
Sect. 5 3-7
 

 - 5.1428

Yuma
Sect. 4
3-7
 

 - 5.4059


Kofa
Sect. 4 3-7
 

 - 6.7402

Camelback
Sect. 1 2-8
 

-10.1096


Trevor Browne
Sect. 1 2-8
 

-10.1915


Rincon
Sect. 5 2-8

 


-12.8497



Copper Canyon
Sect. 1 1-9
 

-13.3751


Desert View
Sect. 2
0-10
 

-13.4818

Kellis
Sect. 3 0-10   
-13.5135

Carl Hayden
Sect. 1 1-9
 

-13.9938

CAPS - Indicates Clinched section title

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.

x - Marana Mountain View has been placed on probation by the AIA due to recruiting violations.  The Mountain Lions are ineligible for the 2014 playoff tournament.  This chart places where the school would be if it were not under these sanctions.

NOTE: Rincon was awarded a victory over Santa Rita by forfeit due to SRHS playing ineligible players.  That win is being reflected on their record, but the game is not included in the power points as the AIA/MaxPreps formula does not allow for a reversal of a forfeited game.  Instead, the result is simply thrown out.

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.aia365.com.