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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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Mountain Lions will rely on stout defense

Defensive lineman Skadeland seeking shot at playoffs for Mountain Ridge

WEEKLY BLOG:  7/26/14

For the seniors at Mountain Ridge, this is the final shot to get a first taste of playoff football in their high school careers.

Once a West Side playoff regular - the Mountain Lions made the postseason in 11 straight years from 2000-2010 - it's been three straight Novembers without seeing MRHS in the Division I bracket.

Scoring points was an issue for Mountain Ridge last season.  In four of their six losses, the Lions were held to less than 14 points.

Experience returns with quarterback Robert Limmer, who had 216 yards passing against Boulder Creek.  But, he needs to be more accurate.  Limmer, who played in six games as a junior, threw 12 interceptions out of his 120 passes.

The head coach also boasts quite a bit of seasoning.  Bobby Green has been coaching at Mountain Ridge since the school opened in 1996.  This will be his ninth year at the helm.

The bad news is most of last year's offensive contributors were seniors.  Mountain Ridge rushed for 20 touchdowns last season, but the players that accounted for that total have all graduated.  Likewise with the seven scores that receivers hauled in.  How green is the rushing game?  Limmer is the team's leading returning yardage leader (with 6).  Justin Revels is the top returning receiver with three catches for 73 yards.

Fortunately, the Lions have one of the top offensive lineman in the state blocking for them.  Senior Jake DeLung made the All-Section First Team for Section 5 and recently committed to play at Air Force.  DeLung (6-3, 280) routinely pancakes defensive linemen and cracks the books as you would expect a future Falcon to do (3.9 GPA).

So, the defense may have to carry Mountain Ridge in the non-section portion of the schedule until a running game emerges and the passing game gels.

Billy McEowen mans the middle linebacker spot and led the Mountain Lions in tackles (137) last season.  When the bright lights of Cox 7 shined against Perry, McEowen had a whopping 26 tackles in a 45-26 win over the Pumas.  The senior committed this past week to play his college ball at Northern Arizona.  McEowen is 6-2 and 220 pounds, and has been working hard in the weight room this offseason.  Like DeLung, he stays focused in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA.

Jake Skadeland will also make an impact.  The 6-1, 195-pound senior has been playing organized football since he was six years old.  He will be moving this season from defensive end to outside linebacker.  Expect to see him making some plays as a wide receiver in the reshuffled offense.  Last year, Skadeland had 48 tackles and a team-high nine sacks.

Always a strong school in the kicking department, 2014 will be no exception as Logan Besore returns.  He booted five field goals as a junior with a long of 41 yards.

Last season's 4-6 record was met with a pair of three-game losing streaks.  One against non-section opponents (Liberty, Chaparral, and Highland) and one against sectional foes (Horizon, Boulder Creek, and Pinnacle).  The Mountain Lions won their last two games, but it wasn't enough to crack the top 16 (MRHS finished 18th).

How close were they?

A Week 7 loss in Anthem against Boulder Creek doomed Mountain Ridge to a 2-5 mark.  Three turnovers were the difference in a 27-21 defeat to the Jaguars.  You have to believe a reversal in that outcome would have been enough to push The Ridge up two spots.

There will certainly be new players from the JV (6-3 last year) and Freshman (5-4) teams that both enjoyed winning seasons.

This week, Mountain Ridge will hold its preseason camp (July 28-31).  Then, the seniors will take a trip next weekend.  The pads will come on for "official" practice on August 4 and the Lions will get a tuneup on August 20 at home in Glendale for a scrimmage against Sunrise Mountain.  The real deal begins the following week on August 29 in Laveen against Cesar Chavez, a team Mountain Ridge defeated 30-13 last year.
 

PHOTO CAPTION:  Mountain Ridge defensive end Jake Skadeland (25) makes a tackle in a road game from last October.  The Mountain Lions dropped six games last season, all to teams that made the playoffs.  Skadeland will move to linebacker where he will team up with Billy McEowen to form a hardy LB corps.

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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 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
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 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.