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2014 Playoffs

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State Championships


Division I

GAME OF NOV. 28, 2014:

(2) Chandler 28
(1) Hamilton      7

(Game at U. of Phoenix Stadium)

Division II

GAME OF NOV. 29, 2014:

(3) Centennial 26
(1) Liberty     14

(Game at Sun Devil Stadium)

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Division I & II SECTIONS for the 2014 season


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.


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.







Honoring senior scholar athletes

Brophy TE Bates earns recognition from National Football Foundation

WEEKLY BLOG:  1/31/15

It's an exciting time for high school seniors.  We're nearly a month into the last semester of traditional schooling.  For football players that don't play other sports, the seasons have finished and the days count down to events like prom and graduation.

Later this week, Wednesday brings National Signing Day.  It's the first day a senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent with a college to continue a football career and take another step in pursuing an education.

But for today in this space, we're going to take a little break from recruiting news and focus on the student athlete, namely the "student" part.

For those interested in recruiting (of which I'm sure there are many), you can keep up with all the offers and verbal commitments that I know about by selecting the Recruiting tab up top, or clicking HERE.  On Wednesday night, that page will change to reflect the signings for this year's class.

The Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF) has selected its list of high school athletes that it is honoring in March.  They call it their 2014-2015 Scholar Athlete Class.

In looking at the list, grade point averages played a role, but so did performance on the field.  Many of the players that comprise the three "teams" (top 33) are All-State or All-Section stars.  The 33 scholar athletes post a combined GPA of 4.14.

Ryan Parenteau of Boulder Creek was named the chapter's High School Scholar Athlete of the Year.  In addition to his exploits on the field (108 tackles and eight interceptions), the strong safety carries a 4.40 grade point average and ranks in the top four percent of his class at BCHS.

In an e-mail interview, Parenteau's head coach at Boulder Creek, Brandon Willard, said the All-Arizona player is a humble young man that is every coach's dream player.

"It is ALWAYS yes sir, no sir with him," Willard said.  "Ryan takes great pride in helping others understand their responsibilities and is always going above and beyond what is asked of him."

Another trait that Willard said stands out is Parenteau's leadership.  During the season, Boulder Creek (which finished 8-3), would routinely have a no-coach film session and other players would ask him questions as though he were the coach.  Parenteau currently holds offers from Air Force, Hawaii, Holy Cross, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, and UC-Davis, but has not committed to a school yet.

"The school that Ryan selects will be getting a team captain, without a doubt," Willard said.  "He cares tremendously about his performance and the performance of the team.  He will spend the extra time needed to make sure that not only himself, but his position group, and the team are mentally prepared for the upcoming game."

Brophy College Preparatory placed two players within the Top 33.  Tight end/kicker Streator Bates and punter Jack Katzman played a big part in Brophy's turnaround after a rough start.  They were both also willing to help the younger players improve on their skills.

"(Streator and Jack) are tremendously respectful hard workers," Brophy head coach Scooter Molander said.  "It goes to their commitment and organization."

The curriculum at Brophy is more rigorous than your typical public school.  Molander said they put a big focus and emphasis on giving their players time to study.  Sometimes those resources are present at a high school and sometimes the players themselves have to take charge.

"We do a lot of tutoring one another," Molander said.  "The teachers are great about meeting with students and the counselors stay on top of them.  A guy can come in with average intelligence and do very well because of the support systems we have here."

Bates won a game for Brophy this year with his foot as he nailed a 47-yard field goal with 54 seconds remaining to topple Mountain Pointe.  It was part of a nine-game winning streak that began after a 1-3 start for the Broncos against a hellacious schedule.  He will be signing with the Air Force Academy this week to play for the Falcons and later serve our country.  Katzman was an All-Section punter that averaged 40.7 yards per kick and had several important punts as field position is a big part of deciding close games.

In addition to recognizing the Top 33 scholar athletes, there are some special awards that will be presented.

The Talking Stick Award for Excellence is a cultural award and scholarship rewarded to Native American Students playing football.  Taking the honors are Joey Smith, a running back from Sunnyslope, and defensive end Peter Salcido of Salt River.

The Shaw Courage Award is persevering against setback and has two recipients this year.  Alec Hathcock, a running back at Desert Ridge, tore a quadricep during his sophomore season.  In his senior year, he suffered a torn ACL, but came back four weeks later and played through it delaying surgery until after the Jaguars' season came to an end.  Perry quarterback Austin Nightingale had his junior year cut short midway through the season with a torn ACL and a broken femur.  After making a full recovery, he returned for his senior year and passed for 1,805 yards and 15 touchdowns while also rushing for another 13 TDs.

The Frank Kush Dedicated Student Award is going to Brian Luis of Mountain Pointe.  The linebacker was a four-year player for the Pride and has a perfect 4.0 GPA (4.24 when adjusted for advanced/honors classes).

The legendary ASU coach also has his name on the Frank Kush Lifetime Achievement Coaching Award.  Those receipients are current Poston Butte head coach Paul Moro and former Horizon sideline boss Doug Shaffer.  Before he came to PBHS, Moro won 13 state championships in the White Mountains with Blue Ridge.  Shaffer was the Huskies' coach from 1985 to 2001 and led Horizon to its only state title in 1994.  He then retired before returning to HHS to mentor the freshmen players.  Shaffer came back to the varsity level for a season in 2012 and led Horizon to an eight-win year.

The Valley of the Sun Chapter of the NFF includes the high schools in north and central Arizona as well as Yuma County.  This year's class will receive scholarships totalling $39,250.  Many other nominated candidates will be presented as Honorable Mention.

First Team (Top 11)
  Streator Bates
Brophy TE 4.95
  Damian Chouteau
Westview LB 4.25
  Cade Cote
Williams Field
OL 4.22
  Brandon Krcilek
Hamilton P 3.90
  Brian Lewerke
Pinnacle QB 4.31
  Brady Lorenz
Northwest Christian
WR 4.30
  Nick Maxey
Pinnacle OL 4.68
  Ben McKeighan
Scottsdale Prep
WR 4.83
  Ryan Parenteau
Boulder Creek
DB 4.40
  Skylar Seminara
Saguaro LB 4.04
  Jeremiah Sullivan
St. Mary's
WR 4.25


Second Team (Top 22)
  Tyler Bruso
Prescott LB 3.96
  Braedyn Bushman
Williams Field
RB 3.73
  Tristin Decker
Sunrise Mountain
DB 3.77
  Bryce Dobbs
Queen Creek
QB 4.18
  Creighton Morfitt
Notre Dame
OL 4.26
  Charles Novak
OL 4.13
  Bryce Perkins
Chandler QB 3.23
  Carter Rodriguez
Yuma Catholic
DB 4.05
  Nathan Roehl
KR 4.15
  Jacob Sills
Chaparral DE 4.73
  Ryan Wilson
San Tan Foothills
OL 4.01


Third Team (Top 33)
  Robert Acosta
Tempe OL 3.53
  Jagan Cleary
Yuma Catholic
QB 3.90
  Riley Donahue
Willow Canyon
DB 4.28
  Christian Godina
Ironwood OL 3.98
  Brady Hartman
Fountain Hills
TE 3.71
  Brock Heffron
LB 4.00
  Jack Katzman
Brophy P 4.20
  Andrew McNair
Desert Vista
OL 4.08
  Corey Miles
Cactus Shadows
DB 4.28
  Austin Porter
Red Mountain
LB 4.00
  Jake Sheedy
QB 4.29


PHOTO CAPTION:  Brophy tight end Streator Bates gets in position before the snap during a home game at Phoenix College from last October.  Bates caught five touchdowns last season and also booted seven field goals for the Broncos in his senior year.  He received an offer from the Air Force Academy last May and later committed in October.  Bates was named First Team All-State for Division I at tight end and First Team All-Section at kicker.  He was also a First Team Scholar Athlete selection by the National Football Foundation.


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 School SectionRecordPlayoff Finish
Power Points 
1. Hamilton
Sect. 1 12-2 Championship Game
Sect. 5 10-2 Quarterfinals
Sect. 4
10-4 Semifinals
Sect. 3 10-2 Quarterfinals
6. Mountain Pointe
Sect. 4 10-3 Semifinals
7. Basha
Sect. 1 7-5 Quarterfinals
8. Boulder Creek
Sect. 5 8-3 First Round
9. Skyline
Sect. 3 10-2 Quarterfinals
10. O'Connor
Sect. 5 7-5 First Round
11. WESTVIEW Sect. 2
8-3 First Round
12. Horizon
Sect. 5 7-4 First Round
13. Perry Sect. 1
5-6 First Round
14. Highland
Sect. 1
5-6 First Round
15. Red Mountain
Sect. 3 3-8 First Round
16. Valley Vista
Sect. 2 6-5 First Round
  Desert Vista
Sect. 4 3-7      0.9126  
  Cesar Chavez
Sect. 2
4-6      0.6188
  Mesa Mountain View
Sect. 3 3-7  
Sect. 4 5-5      0.3201
Sect. 1 2-8      0.0258


Sect. 2 4-6    - 0.1113
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  
Sect. 2 1-9   -10.3464
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


 School SectionRecord   Playoff Finish
  Power Points 
1. Liberty
Sect. 3 12-2   Championship Game


Sect. 5 9-2  

First Round

Sect. 3 12-2   STATE CHAMPIONS
Sect. 2 11-2   Semifinals
5. Deer Valley
Sect. 3 8-3   First Round
Sect. 1 11-1   Quarterfinals     10.6962
7. Westwood
Sect. 6 9-2   First Round
Sect. 7 10-2   Quarterfinals
9. Sahuaro
Sect. 2 9-2   First Round
10. Chaparral
Sect. 7
9-4   Semifinals
11. Salpointe
Sect. 5 8-3   First Round
Sect. 6 7-5   Quarterfinals
13. Poston Butte
Sect. 6 7-4   First Round      6.9916
Sect. 4
8-3   First Round
x- Marana Mountain View Sect. 5 6-4    
15. Sunnyside
Sect. 2 7-5   Quarterfinals
16. St. Mary's
Sect. 1 7-4   First Round      2.5524
Sect. 7 7-3          2.0306
Sect. 6
4-6          1.9276
  La Joya
Sect. 1
7-3          1.5677
  Gila Ridge Sect. 4 5-5          1.5026
Sect. 3 4-6          1.3061  
  Campo Verde
Sect. 6 5-6          1.2162  
Sect. 4 5-5          0.0078
  Willow Canyon
Sect. 3 4-6        - 0.0799  
  Notre Dame
Sect. 7 4-6        - 0.3190
Sect. 1
6-4        - 0.4783  
Sect. 3 3-7        - 0.7818  
Sect. 5 4-6        - 1.5308
  Cactus Shadows
Sect. 7 3-7        - 3.4091  
Sect. 2 3-8        - 3.9037  
Sect. 2 4-6        - 3.9409  
Sect. 1 4-6        - 4.8121  
  Vista Grande
Sect. 5 3-7        - 5.1428  
Sect. 4
3-7        - 5.4059  
Sect. 4 3-7        - 6.7402  
Sect. 1 2-8    
  Trevor Browne
Sect. 1 2-8       -10.1915
Sect. 5 2-8  




  Copper Canyon
Sect. 1 1-9       -13.3751
  Desert View
Sect. 2
0-10       -13.4818  
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