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GAME OF OCT. 23, 2014:

at Horizon

GAMES OF OCT. 24, 2014:

at Basha

at Gilbert

at Highland

North Canyon
at Boulder Creek

Mountain Ridge
at O'Connor

at Dobson

Corona del Sol
at Desert Vista

Desert Ridge
at Desert Mountain

at Skyline

Mesa Mountain View
at Red Mountain

at Cesar Chavez

at Valley Vista

at Millennium

Campo Verde
at Poston Butte

Marcos de Niza
at Mesquite

at Westwood

at Arcadia

at Cactus Shadows

Notre Dame
at Paradise Valley


at Willow Canyon

Deer Valley
at Prescott

at Ironwood

Ironwood Ridge
at Salpointe

Marana Mountain View
at Tucson

at Vista Grande

at Buena

Desert View
at Cienega

at Sahuaro

Gila Ridge
at Cibola

at Kofa

at Copper Canyon

at Carl Hayden

La Joya
at Tolleson

Trevor Browne
at St. Mary's

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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.





Knights take section title....again

Westview running and blocking schemes work to perfection in road win

WEEKLY BLOG:  10/24/14

For the second straight year, Westview faced a surging Millennium team with a section title on the line.

Once again, the Knights took care of business.  This time, with ease.

Led by a punishing ground game that racked up 297 yards and four touchdowns, Westview (7-2 overall, 4-0 Division I, Section 2) jumped out to an early lead and held it throughout to win 37-6 and secure the Division I, Section 2 title on Friday at Millennium HS in Goodyear.

"It's a neighborhood game," Westview head coach Joe Parker said.  "It's bragging rights.  These kids know one another."

The Knights won their section title for the fourth straight season, and after a game at Maryvale (0-9, 0-4) next week, will set their sights on advancing in the Division I state playoffs.  Westview was ranked #11 in this week's AIA/MaxPreps power points and would get the opportunity to host a game in Avondale by moving up three spots.

Millennium (4-5, 3-1) is home against Cesar Chavez (3-6, 3-1) next Friday and finds itself in a must-win situation to grab one of the 16 playoff positions as the Tigers entered this game at #15.

In last year's game, Millennium and Westview were knotted at 7 after three quarters before the Knights pulled ahead for a 21-14 victory.  Westview made sure this one didn't have those same dramatics.

The Knights stopped Millennium in three plays (gaining no yards) on its initial series.  Westview took advantage of great field position starting at the Tigers' 39-yard line.  The Knights found themselves in a fourth-and-seven situation and opted to go for it completing a pass from sophomore Ryan Martinez to Rameihk Bowles for a first down inside the 10.  From there, Stacy Campbell punched in his first of two rushing touchdowns as three defenders tried to stop him.

Millennium was forced to punt again on its next possession and the Westview player calling for a fair catch was tackled moving the ball from midfield into Tiger territory once again.  Just two plays later, Jalen Johnson (who missed last week's game with a leg bruise) sprinted into the end zone for a score and the Knights had a 14-0 lead through the opening quarter.

In the second quarter, Westview continued its physical style with hard running between the tackles using a mix of three running backs.  Bowles became the third different Knight to reach paydirt as he hurdled over a Tiger defender from the 1-yard line to cap off an 11-play, 78-yard drive.

It seemed the only thing that could slow down the Knights' offense in the games first 24 minutes was the clock itself.  Westview started a drive at its own 40 with no time outs left and 2:30 remaining in the quarter.  The Knights reached the 23 and senior kicker Jairo Lucio came on to boot a 40-yard field goal (his sixth of the season) just five seconds before the break.

At the half, Westview was outgaining the Tigers by a 198-78 margin behind its Delaware Wing-T Offense.  How balanced was the distribution of carries?  Campbell, Johnson, and Bowles had six apiece and each were getting more than six yards a pop.

The Knights don't throw the ball often.  They came in having attempted just 84 passes through their first eight games (10.5 per game).  But, when Westview can lull the opposition into thinking run, run, run, it can do damage with the passing game.  Martinez completed a pass to Johnson for a 41-yard gain and then found a wide open Storme Donahue in the left side of the end zone for a 31-0 lead.  For the season, Westview has seven touchdown passes and just one interception.

Millennium had the ball for just five plays in the third quarter and lost seven yards on those snaps while Westview rung up 166 yards in the period.  Early in the fourth quarter, Campbell had a five-yard scoring run leading to playing time for the backups the rest of the way.

The Tigers avoided the shutout with a long 65-yard pass by senior quarterback Nate Juillerat to Andrew Diggs.  Juillerat was also crowned Homecoming King at halftime.

Westview challenged itself in the non-section portion of the schedule with games at Boulder Creek and O'Connor (both losses) and contests at home against Red Mountain and Basha (both wins).  Parker was impressed with his team's second straight win away from home.

"It's about us maturing," Parker said.  "You want those tough opponents early. Then, to show that we can go on the road, we get off the bus, then we get right back on the bus."

You will notice there are no quotes from the victorious Westview players.  That's because as soon as the sportsmanship line ended at midfield, the team walked right off the field out the northwest corner of the end zone and on the bus for the six-mile trip back home.

Millennium entered with a three-game winning streak in which the Tigers had outscored their opponents 123-21.  Head coach Jason Randels gave credit to the style of Westview.

"I saw a team that executes what they do really well," Randels said.  "We didn't tackle real well tonight."

The Tigers' win-loss record can be a bit misleading as they played Pinnacle, Horizon, Desert Ridge, and Boulder Creek (all teams with seven or more wins right now) for their September schedule.  We will see where Millennium stands this Tuesday when the new rankings come out.

"Those East Valley teams are going to lose games too," Randels said.  "Our strength of schedule really helps us out.  It's nice to be able to try and win (next week) and give ourselves a chance."

Knights 37, Tigers 6

1 2 3 4 F
14 10  7 6 37
 0  0  06  6

First Quarter:
WV - Stacy Campbell 8 yard run (Jairo Lucio kick), 8:00
WV - Jalen Johnson 25 yard run (Lucio kick), 3:44
Second Quarter:
WV - Rameihk Bowles 1 yard run (Lucio kick), 5:50
WV - Lucio 40 yard FG, 0:05
Third Quarter:
WV - Storme Donahue 24 yard pass from Ryan Martinez (Lucio kick), 8:17
Fourth Quarter:
WV - Campbell 5 yard run (kick blocked), 9:15
Mill - Andrew Diggs 65 yard pass from Nate Juillerat (kick failed), 4:44

PHOTO CAPTION:  Westview offensive lineman Hector Hernandez (55) puts a block on a Millennium defender to free up running space for Stacy Campbell.  Campbell had two of the Knights' four rushing touchdowns in Westview's 37-6 win at Millennium Friday night.  The victory was Westview's 24th consecutive against section opponents and allowed WHS to take the section title for a fourth straight year.

Pioneers continue to have Horizon's number

WR Rose on receiving end of 4 of 5 touchdowns for Lewerke


Pinnacle and Horizon high schools may have had identical section and overall records heading into Thursday's showdown at Horizon.

They played toe-to-toe for a quarter, but Pinnacle made it clear with a big second quarter in a 52-35 win over the Huskies that a gap exists between the two north Phoenix teams.

The Pioneers (8-1 overall, 4-0 Division I, Section 5), which have reached the playoffs the past seven seasons, rode the leadership of senior quarterback Brian Lewerke and an opportunistic defense that took advantage of four Horizon turnovers to maintain control in the second half and are just one step away from repeating as section champs. 

Lewerke, who was questionable all week with a broken finger, shrugged off a couple of three-and-outs to direct three second quarter scoring drives that led to a 31-14 lead at the break.

Playing with the finger taped to another digit on the outside of his glove, Lewerke only practiced on Tuesday of this short week.  He was cleared by his doctor to play on Wednesday night.  He completed just nine of 24 passes, but made the most of them with 312 yards (a season high) and five touchdowns.  His warrior-attitude in wanting to return is one of the many intangibles in his game.

"I couldn't be more proud of the resiliency in him," Pinnacle head coach Dana Zupke said.  "It just shows why Michigan State is getting a gem."

Lewerke, who has verbally committed to the Big Ten school in East Lansing, is taking his official visit there this Saturday for the Spartans' game against in-state rival Michigan.  The 6-2 senior is quite familiar with rivalries as this makes him 2-0 against Horizon.  Overall, Pinnacle maintains a spotless record (8-0) against the Huskies in the series that began in 2007 when PHS moved up to Class 5A.

Cules Rose did most of the damage on the receiving end (six catches for 218 yards) while Nick Ferrara (16 carries for 64 yards) and Lewerke (six carries for 63) kept the chains moving in the ground game.

The Huskies struck first on a pitch by Dalton Sneed to senior fullback Nick Paogofie from eight yards out.  Just over a minute later, Pinnacle evened it on a deep pass from Lewerke to Adam Turner, the first of three touchdowns scored after Horizon turnovers.

Pinnacle took its first lead on a bad snap that was mishandled by the punter and then fumbled.  Senior lineman Harris Scoville ran 20 yards on the scoop and score.  But that lead, only lasted about 45 seconds as Sneed went deep with a bomb to Nick Lylyk to knot the score at 14 after a quarter.

The Pioneer defense stopped Horizon twice in the decisive second quarter on downs (both inside the Pinnacle 30-yard line).  First down runs by Lewerke combined with a pair of touchdown passes to Rose helped the visitors roll to a 17-point lead at the half.

"They were playing man coverage and we just kept attacking," Rose said.  "This team just keeps getting more and more improved each week."

Horizon (7-2, 3-1) drew within 10 on two occasions, but wasn't able to slow the Pinnacle offense.  The Pioneers scored touchdowns on each of their final three drives before running out the clock in the final two minutes.

"When I was looking at film, I saw we could beat them with the deep ball," Lewerke said.  "I let Cules do his thing."

Despite the loss, it was a well-played game for Horizon's quarterback, who has verbally committed to play for UNLV.  Sneed was involved in almost every play as he completed 30-of-44 passes for 358 yards.  In the no-huddle, quick-tempo style that the Huskies play, he also had 28 carries for 93 yards.

Pinnacle can clinch the section title if Boulder Creek (7-1, 2-1) loses to North Canyon (0-8, 0-3) on Friday night.  Since that isn't likely, the Pioneers should find themselves in a winner-take-all game against BCHS next Friday at home for Senior Night for the section crown.

Horizon entered the game at #8 in the Division I AIA/MaxPreps Rankings and will have to defeat O'Connor (5-4, 1-2) next week on the road for any chance at getting to play at home in the postseason.

"We've got to fix up our pass defense, obviously," Horizon head coach Kris Heavner said.  "When we're clicking on all cylinders like last week, we're a pretty deadly team."

Pioneers 52, Huskies 35

1 2 3 4 F
14 17  7 14 52
14  0 14 7 35

First Quarter:
Hor - Nick Paogofie 8 yard run (Noah Pearl kick), 4:09
Pinn - Adam Turner 43 yard pass from Brian Lewerke (Jeff McGuire kick), 3:04
Pinn - Harris Scoville 20 yard fumble return (McGuire kick), 1:39
Hor - Nick Lylyk 60 yard pass from Dalton Sneed (Pearl kick), 0:56
Second Quarter:
Pinn - McGuire 37 yard FG, 10:37
Pinn - Cules Rose 25 yard pass from Lewerke (McGuire kick), 4:27
Pinn - Rose 68 yard pass from Lewerke (McGuire kick), 0:58
Third Quarter:
Hor - Sneed 11 yard run (Pearl kick), 8:05
Pinn - Rose 30 yard pass from Lewerke (McGuire kick), 3:12
Hor - Julian Carter 11 yard pass from Sneed (Pearl kick), 0:08
Fourth Quarter:
Pinn - Dru Dixon 2 yard run (McGuire kick), 10:57
Pinn - Rose 15 yard pass from Lewerke (McGuire kick), 7:04
Hor - Sneed 5 yard run (Pearl kick), 2:01

PHOTO CAPTION:  Pinnacle wide receiver Cules Rose hauls in a pass in stride with the only defender near him making a futile dive.  Rose had daylight following this second-quarter catch for a 68-yard score, one of four in the game for the senior.  The Pioneers were victorious on the road Thursday night at Horizon, 52-35.

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School Section Record Week 9 Game
Power Points vs. Last Wk.
1. Hamilton
Sect. 1 7-1 W @ Highland


2. Chandler
Sect. 1 7-1 W @ Basha
 16.7090      -
3. Brophy
Sect. 4 6-3 W @ Dobson

    + 3

4. Desert Ridge
Sect. 3
7-1 W @ Desert Mountain
   + 1
5. Pinnacle
Sect. 5 7-1 W @ Horizon
    - 1
Mountain Pointe
Sect. 4 7-2 Bye
   + 1
7. Boulder Creek
Sect. 5 7-1 W vs. North Canyon
    - 4
8. Horizon
Sect. 5 7-1 L vs. Pinnacle
   + 4
9. Basha
Sect. 1 5-3 L vs. Chandler
   + 2
10. Skyline
Sect. 3 7-1 W vs. Mesa
    - 2
Sect. 2
6-2 W @ Millennium
    - 2
12. O'Connor
Sect. 5 5-4 W vs. Mountain Ridge
    - 2
13. Highland Sect. 1
5-3 L vs. Hamilton
14. Perry
Sect. 1
4-4 W @ Gilbert
15. Millennium
Sect. 2 4-4 L vs. Westview
   + 2
16. Mesa Mountain View
Sect. 3 3-5 L @ Red Mountain
   + 4
17. Red Mountain
Sect. 3 2-6 W vs. Mesa Mountain View
   0.9700    + 1
Sect. 4
5-3 L vs. Brophy
    - 2
19. Valley Vista
Sect. 2 4-4 W vs. Maryvale
    - 4
20. Gilbert
Sect. 1 2-6 L vs. Perry
    - 1
Desert Vista
Sect. 4 2-6 W vs. Corona del Sol

    + 2

22. Mountain Ridge
Sect. 5 1-7 L @ O'Connor
 - 1.7851
23. Cesar Chavez
Sect. 2 2-6 W vs. North
 - 1.8744
   + 3
24. Mesa
Sect. 3
2-6 L @ Skyline
 - 1.9035
    - 3
25. Corona del Sol
Sect. 4 1-7 L @ Desert Vista
 - 3.7413
    - 1
26. Desert Mountain
Sect. 3
1-7 L vs. Desert Ridge
 - 3.9482     - 1
27. North Canyon
Sect. 5 0-8 L @ Boulder Creek
 - 8.1797      -
28. North
Sect. 2 1-7 L @ Cesar Chavez
 - 8.4768
29. Maryvale
Sect. 2 0-8 L @ Valley Vista
-12.7288      -

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.  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 Section Record
Week 9 Game

Power Points vs. Last Wk.
1. Liberty
Sect. 3 7-1
W @ Ironwood



2. Centennial
Sect. 3 6-2
W @ Willow Canyon

  13.0678       -
3. Ironwood Ridge
Sect. 5 7-1
W @ Salpointe

  12.7755       -
4. Cienega
Sect. 2 7-1

W vs. Desert View

    + 2
5. Poston Butte
Sect. 6 7-1
L vs. Campo Verde

    + 2
6. Chaparral
Sect. 7 6-2
W @ Cactus Shadows

     - 2
7. Sahuaro
Sect. 2 8-0
W vs. Sunnyside

    + 1
8. Deer Valley
Sect. 3 6-2
W @ Prescott

    + 1
9. Sunnyslope
Sect. 1 8-0
W @ Carl Hayden

    + 1
10. Salpointe
Sect. 5
L vs. Ironwood Ridge

    + 1
Paradise Valley
Sect. 7 7-1
W vs. Notre Dame

    + 1
Marcos de Niza
Sect. 6 5-3
W @ Mesquite

    + 1
13. Westwood
Sect. 6 7-1

W vs. Fairfax

     - 8
14. Arcadia
Sect. 7
W vs. Independence

    + 3
15. Lake Havasu
Sect. 4 7-2

    + 1
16. Sunnyside
Sect. 2 5-3

L @ Sahuaro

     - 2
Marana Mountain View
Sect. 5 4-4

W @ Tucson

     - 2
17. St. Mary's
Sect. 1 6-2
W vs. Trevor Browne

18. Mesquite
Sect. 6
L vs. Marcos de Niza

19. Gila Ridge
Sect. 4
W @ Cibola

    + 2
Sect. 3 3-5
W vs. Kellis


     + 5

21. Tolleson
Sect. 1 5-3
L vs. La Joya

   0.5716     + 5
22. Cibola
Sect. 4 4-4
L vs. Gila Ridge

   0.3394     - 3
23. Campo Verde
Sect. 6 4-5
W @ Poston Butte

 - 0.0610
    + 1
Notre Dame
Sect. 7 3-5
L @ Paradise Valley

 - 0.0662      - 2
25. Tucson
Sect. 5 4-4
L vs. Marana Mountain View

 - 0.5089
     - 2
26. Willow Canyon
Sect. 3
L vs. Centennial

 - 0.6309      - 6
27. La Joya
Sect. 1 5-3
W @ Tolleson

 - 1.1086       -
28. Ironwood
Sect. 3 3-5
L vs. Liberty

 - 1.3072
29. Nogales
Sect. 2 3-5
L @ Buena

 - 1.8301       -
30. Fairfax
Sect. 1 4-4
L @ Westwood

 - 3.5519     + 1
31. Kofa
Sect. 4 3-5
L vs. Yuma

 - 3.9181      - 1
32. Buena
Sect. 2 2-7
W vs. Nogales

 - 4.6757       -
33. Vista Grande
Sect. 5 2-6
W vs. Rincon

 - 5.4564     + 1
34. Cactus Shadows
Sect. 7
L vs. Chaparral

 - 6.2453
     + 1
35. Yuma
Sect. 4 2-7
W @ Kofa

 - 6.4071      - 2
36. Camelback
Sect. 1 2-6
L vs. Tolleson

 - 6.8143
37. Trevor Browne
Sect. 1 2-6
L @ Copper Canyon

 - 9.7584
38. Rincon
Sect. 5 2-6

L @ Vista Grande


39. Desert View
Sect. 2 0-8
L @ Cienega

40. Kellis
Sect. 3 0-8
L @ Apollo

-13.7108     + 1
41. Copper Canyon
Sect. 1 0-8
W vs. Camelback

-14.3106      - 1
Carl Hayden
Sect. 1 0-8
L vs. Sunnyslope


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.  Santa Rita has the option to appeal the decision by the AIA to forfeit the games by October 31.

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