Newcomers like QC prove worth in early going, 6A poll
4 months ago Jason P. Skoda 0
A good portion of the offseason football talk centered on the movement of good programs to higher classifications.
Right about now it looks kind of silly, especially in 6A, as the three teams most wondered about have a combined 10-1 record to quell any talk about struggling to make the transition from 5A.
Queen Creek, which hosts Skyline this week, moved up one slot to No. 7 in this week’s 6A Coaches Poll with an impressive win over Mesa Mountain View to move to 3-1.
Chaparral is 3-0 and is at No. 8, while Liberty is 4-0 and is ninth.
All of the intrigue surrounding the transition from these three programs was probably more of topic for fan message boards and Twitter verse as the programs mostly take a ‘we’ll play whoever we’re scheduled to play’ approach.
“It is what it is; you can only play who you are scheduled,” Liberty coach Mark Smith said on the AIA Wrap Up Show after winning at Desert Ridge. “We had the honor of playing (5A power) Centennial a lot and if we can play with them then we feel like we can play against anyone.”
In hindsight it was probably silly to wonder about the three programs considering recent success which has seen Liberty beat Centennial twice, Queen Creek take down Hamilton on its own turf last season and Chaparral has long been one of the most successful programs in the state.
All three have shown they belong in 6A without question and soon enough the region schedule will kick in to crank up the intensity and strength of schedule.
As for the poll, it has had the same 10 teams for two weeks in a row with minimal change within that group. There are a few candidates, based simply on record, on the outside looking in Brophy (3-1), Basha (4-0), Tucson (4-0) and Shadow Ridge (3-1).
The Intriguing match up for the week battle of undefeated squads as No. 4 Highland (4-0) travels to south Chandler to take on Basha. The Bears have received little support in the early going but get their chance this week against the impressive Hawks.
Another interesting game is the reboot of a rivalry as No. 8 Chaparral (3-0) travels to 4A five-time defending champion Saguaro (2-1).
The coolest game on the docket might be No. 9 Liberty (4-0) hosting Pat Tillman’s alma mater Leland out of San Jose comes to Peoria.
Here is this week’s voting by the coaches shook out:
6A Coaches Poll (11 coaches participating)
Team (record) LW Points (1st place votes)
- Chandler (3-1) 1 108 (9)
- Pinnacle (3-1) 2 100 (2)
- Perry (3-1) 3 91
- Highland (4-0) 4 78
- Mtn Pointe (1-2) 6 57
- Red Mtn (3-1) 5 49
- Queen Creek (3-1) 8 42
- Chaparral (3-0) 7 30
- Liberty (4-0) 8 26
- Desert Vista (3-0) 10 23
Dropped out: None.
Others receiving votes: Sandra Day O’Connor 5, Hamilton 2, Basha 1, Desert Ridge 1.