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GAMES OF AUG. 28, 2014:



Marana
2
at Marana Mountain View
    53




Tucson
10
at Sahuaro
    13




Gilbert
27
at Mesquite
    14




Nogales
6
at Canyon del Oro
    30


GAMES OF AUG. 29, 2014:



Basha
31
at Desert Vista
    23




Chandler
28
at Centennial
    24




Highland
0
at Queen Creek
    35




Sunnyside
18
at Perry
    53




Mountain Ridge
23
at Cesar Chavez
    16




O'Connor
48
at Maryvale
     7




Millennium
55
at North Canyon
    19




Mountain Pointe
64
at North
     0




Valley Vista
21
at Willow Canyon
    17




Brophy
49
at Desert Mountain
    15




Dobson
14
at Mesa
    43




Boulder Creek
27
at Mesa Mountain View
    20




Pinnacle
29
at Red Mountain
    13




Skyline
56
at St. Mary's
    26




Buena
27
at Corona del Sol
    30




Horizon
17
at Marcos de Niza
    34




Paradise Valley
64
at Camelback
    27




Carl Hayden
0
at McClintock
    70




Copper Canyon
0
at Arcadia
    48




Notre Dame
24
at Fairfax
     7




Westwood
56
at La Joya
     0




Sunnyslope
42
at Washington
     7



2 OT
Tolleson
 35
at Verrado
    42




Cienega
7
at Ironwood Ridge
    17




Desert View
0
at Catalina Foothills
    63




Bradshaw Mountain
6
at Apollo
    27




Shadow Ridge
13
at Deer Valley
    26




Sunrise Mountain
38
at Ironwood
    30




Cactus Shadows
51
at Kellis
     0




Desert Edge
7
at Liberty
    31




Cibola
35
at Imperial (CA)
    32




Poston Butte
46
at Gila Ridge
     0




Kofa
8
at Central (CA)
    57




Coconino
14
at Lake Havasu
    54




Yuma
7
at Higley
    49




Rincon
0
at Santa Rita
    32




Salpointe
31
at Sabino
    21




Vista Grande
0
at Buckeye
    21




Catalina
0
at Campo Verde
    61




Chaparral
14
at Saguaro
    41




Westview (CA)
13
at Westview
    48




Desert Ridge
23
at Eastlake (CA)
    11



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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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Tigers move ball at will in opener

New QB Nezami throws three TD strikes in win over rival Mesquite

WEEKLY BLOG:  8/28/14

Gilbert scored touchdowns on three of its five first-half possessions, building a 20-0 lead before having to stave off a late Mesquite rally, beating the Wildcats, 27-14, Thursday night at Mesquite.

The win avenged a 10-3 loss to Mesquite in last year's season opener.

Gilbert (1-0) did most of its damage through the air as Nick Nezami, a transfer from Lake Travis (TX), completed 17-of-27 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.  Last year, the Tigers never threw for more than 165 yards in a game.  The Wildcats, meanwhile, were limited to just 31 yards on the ground and 111 total yards of offense for the night.

"We've been waiting on this moment since the first day of Spring ball," Nezami said.  "We knew what we were capable of doing."

In a first quarter played almost entirely on Mesquite's side of the field, the Tigers started with its new-found air attack as Nezami completed four of five passes on an eight-play, 45-yard drive that was capped off with a six-yard pass to Trey Colbert with 5:39 left in the period.  A missed PAT kept it at 6-0.

"We did a lot of good things," Gilbert offensive coordinator Max Hall (the former quarterback for BYU and the Arizona Cardinals) said.  "I thought we executed at the beginning.

The Gilbert defense was stuffing the run and limiting the Wildcats to short passes.  As a result, Mesquite punted three times in the first quarter alone (and five times in the game).

A defensive penalty by the Wildcats turned a third-and-20 situation for the Gilbert offense into a more manageable third-and-five from the Mesquite 25.  Nezami connected with Rico Yanez on a deep pass play and Yanez carried the Mesquite defender into the end zone with the touchdown.

The vastly improved Tiger team was getting it done on the defensive end in the second quarter also.  Senior Chase Cahalan (who had a pair of sacks) came up with a fumble recovery late in the half on the Mesquite 9-yard line.  One play later, Nezami made a quick pass to the right side and senior Jamian Maes took it in for the score giving GHS a 20-0 lead.

Nezami was a backup as a junior for a team that went 12-2 and advanced to the Texas 5A semifinals.  While the state of Texas dominates the national high school landscape, Arizona is making its mark as well.

"There's athletes everywhere," Nezami said.  "In Texas, it's a religion.  I can't be any more happy than what we did here tonight."

Mesquite's lone scoring threat of the first 24 minutes ended with a 42-yard field goal attempt that was blocked as the half expired.

The Wildcats, who return just three starters on each side of the ball from last year's 11-2 team, struggled trying to establish the run.  Several times, Gilbert defenders were quicker to the backfield before the plays could develop.  Mesquite had just 12 yards rushing on 13 carries in the first half.

Gilbert dominated the third quarter, but wasn't able to build on its lead during the 12 minutes.  The Tigers went on a long 78-yard drive to open the second half, but were stopped short on a fourth-and-12 play.  Mesquite (0-1) ran just three plays before punting and the Tiger offense went right back to work.  The constant threat of the pass softened up the middle and tackles Steve Miller (an ASU commit) and junior Thayne Jackson blew open holes through the middle for Cameron Minnetta.  In the third quarter alone, Gilbert outgained the Wildcats 134-5.

While the Tigers didn't score in the third quarter, they set themselves up well to begin the fourth.  Mario Meza entered the game and his first carry resulted in a six-yard inside burst keeping Gilbert in control with a 27-0 advantage.

Mesquite had its best drive of the night in the fourth quarter advancing to the Tigers' 10-yard line.  But, MHS was stuffed on a fourth-and-three run turning it over on downs.

However, Gilbert immediately fumbled and junior Nicholas Young recovered for the Wildcats giving them another shot at point-blank range.  This time, Mesquite cashed it in as a Michael Premraj run to the 1 set up a plunge by junior quarterback Austin Brice on a keeper.  Spencer Warren (who helped sing the national anthem before the game with the Mesquite choir) booted the PAT to make it 27-7.

Mesquite was outgained 330-111 on the night, but made big plays to force four Gilbert turnovers while turning it over just once.  An interception by junior Ryne Miller was taken back 60 yards to cap the scoring with just over two minutes remaining.

Gilbert played the game without head coach Tim Rutt, who is still under administrative leave following his involvement in a police situation (in which he was cleared legally of any wrongdoing).  With Rutt not able to man the sidelines, the rest of the coaching staff took control and it seemed as though the team were indeed playing for their head coach.

"It's been tough without the leader, but we managed," Hall said.  "We'll be real excited to get him back."

There is no timetable on how long the Gilbert Public Schools administration will take before either action is taken, or Rutt is able to coach again.

The Tigers managed 15 first downs to Mesquite's 8.  Gilbert resumes its winning ways in the series leading it 12-4 all time.  The teams have played every year since Mesquite began varsity football in 1999.

Gilbert plays its home opener next Friday against Desert Ridge.  A good showing against one of last year's semifinalists would be another step forward for a team that struggled through a 2-8 season in 2013.

Mesquite will have a tough matchup to bounce back from as the Wildcats play on the road at Williams Field next Friday.

Tigers 27, Wildcats 14

1 2 3 4 F
Gilbert
6 14 0  7 27
Mesquite
0
 00 14
14

First Quarter:
Gilb - Trey Colbert 6 yard pass from Nick Nezami (kick failed), 5:39
Second Quarter:
Gilb - Rico Yanez 25 yard pass from Nezami (Ryan Krell kick), 4:17
Gilb - Jamian Maes 9 yard pass from Nezami (Krell kick), 2:10

Third Quarter:
No Scoring
Fourth Quarter:
Gilb - Mario Meza 6 yard run (Krell kick), 11:48
Mesq - Austin Brice 1 yard run (Spencer Warren kick), 2:55
Mesq - Ryne Miller 60 yard interception return (Warren kick), 2:13

PHOTO CAPTION:  Senior quarterback Nick Nezami looks for an open receiver while being pursued by Mesquite defender Matt Davis.  Nezami threw three first-half touchdown passes and had 219 yards through the air to help Gilbert to a 27-14 televised victory at district-rival MHS on Thursday night.

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FOOTBALL POWER POINTS - 2014

(NOTE:  These are not the official AIA ones)


 

DIVISION I

School Section Record Week 1 Game
Power Points  
1. Hamilton
Sect. 1 1-0 Bye
 55.0000


1. Mountain Pointe
Sect. 4 1-0 @ North
 55.0000
3. Brophy
Sect. 4 0-1 @ Desert Mountain
 15.0000


3. Chandler
Sect. 1 0-0 @ Centennial
 15.0000

3. Highland
Sect. 1 0-0 @ Queen Creek
 15.0000

6.
Gilbert
Sect. 1 0-0 @ Mesquite
 10.0000

6. North
Sect. 2 0-1 vs. Mountain Pointe
 10.0000

6. Perry
Sect. 1 0-0 vs. Sunnyside
 10.0000

9. Basha
Sect. 1 0-0 @ Desert Vista
  5.0000

9. Cesar Chavez
Sect. 2 0-0 vs. Mountain Ridge
  5.0000

9. Corona del Sol
Sect. 4 0-0 vs. Buena
  5.0000

9. Desert Vista
Sect. 4 0-0 vs. Basha
  5.0000

9. Dobson Sect. 4 0-0 @ Mesa
  5.0000

9. Maryvale
Sect. 2 0-0 vs. O'Connor
  5.0000

9. Mountain Ridge
Sect. 5 0-0 @ Cesar Chavez
  5.0000

9. North Canyon
Sect. 5 0-0 vs. Millennium
  5.0000

9. O'Connor
Sect. 5 0-1 @ Maryvale
  5.0000
9.
Pinnacle
Sect. 5 0-0 @ Red Mountain
  5.0000

9. Skyline
Sect. 3 0-0 @ St. Mary's
  5.0000

19. Boulder Creek
Sect. 5 0-0 @ Mesa Mountain View
  0.0000

19.
Desert Mountain
Sect. 3 0-0 vs. Brophy
  0.0000

 

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

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

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

19. Millennium
Sect. 2 0-0 @ North Canyon
  0.0000

19. Mesa Mountain View
Sect. 3
0-0 vs. Boulder Creek
  0.0000
19. Red Mountain
Sect. 3 0-0 vs. Pinnacle
  0.0000
19. Valley Vista
Sect. 2 0-0 @ Willow Canyon
  0.0000

19. 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.

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 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 1 Game

Power Points  
1. Cibola
Sect. 4 1-0
@ Imperial (CA)

 65.0000


1. Kofa
Sect. 4 1-0
@ Central (CA)

 65.0000
1. Lake Havasu
Sect. 4 1-0
vs. Coconino

 65.0000
4. Gila Ridge
Sect. 4 1-0

vs. Poston Butte

 60.0000

5. Campo Verde
Sect. 6 1-0
vs. Catalina

 55.0000

5. Liberty
Sect. 3 1-0
vs. Desert Edge

 55.0000

5. Salpointe
Sect. 5 1-0
@ Sabino

 55.0000

8. Yuma
Sect. 4 0-1
@ Higley

 25.0000

9. Poston Butte
Sect. 6 0-1
@ Gila Ridge

 15.0000

10. Ironwood Ridge
Sect. 5 0-1
vs. Cienega

 10.0000

10.
Marcos de Niza
Sect. 6 0-0
vs. Horizon

 10.0000

10.
Mesquite
Sect. 6 0-0
vs. Gilbert

 10.0000

10. Sunnyside
Sect. 2 0-0

@ Perry

 10.0000

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

 10.0000

15. Apollo
Sect. 3 0-0
vs. Bradshaw Mountain

 5.0000

15. Buena
Sect. 2 0-1

@ Corona del Sol

 5.0000

15. Centennial
Sect. 3 0-0

vs. Chandler

 5.0000

15. Deer Valley
Sect. 3 0-0
vs. Shadow Ridge

 5.0000

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

 5.0000

15. Ironwood
Sect. 3
0-0
vs. Sunrise Mountain

 5.0000

15.
Kellis
Sect. 3 0-0
vs. Cactus Shadows

 5.0000

 

15. Marana Mountain View
Sect. 5 0-0
vs. Marana

 5.0000
15. Notre Dame
Sect. 7 0-0
@ Fairfax

 5.0000
15. Rincon
Sect. 5 0-0
@ Santa Rita

 5.0000

15.
Sahuaro
Sect. 2 0-0
vs. Tucson

 5.0000
15. Trevor Browne
Sect. 1 0-1
Bye

 5.0000

15. Tucson
Sect. 5 0-0
@ Sahuaro

 5.0000
15. Vista Grande
Sect. 5 0-0
@ Buckeye

 5.0000
15. Willow Canyon
Sect. 3 0-0
vs. Valley Vista

 5.0000

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

 0.0000
30. Cactus Shadows
Sect. 7 0-0
@ Kellis

 0.0000
30. Camelback
Sect. 1 0-0
vs. Paradise Valley

 0.0000
30. Carl Hayden
Sect. 1 0-0
@ McClintock

 0.0000
30. Chaparral
Sect. 7 0-0
@ Saguaro

 0.0000
30. Cienega
Sect. 2
0-0
@ Ironwood Ridge

 0.0000

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

 0.0000
30. Fairfax
Sect. 1 0-0
vs. Notre Dame

 0.0000

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

 0.0000

30. Nogales
Sect. 2 0-0

@ Canyon del Oro


 0.0000


30. Paradise Valley
Sect. 7 0-0
@ Camelback

 0.0000

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

 0.0000
30. Sunnyslope
Sect. 1 0-0
@ Washington

 0.0000
30.
Tolleson
Sect. 1 0-0
@ Verrado

 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.

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 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.