One team flew out of the Top 10, another rolls in
10 months ago Jason P. Skoda 0
The first week of games can be tough to judge.
Even the coaches are not sure what to expect even though they’ve spent an incredible amount of time with their teams since the end of the season leading up to the first game.
Most coaches, despite knowing how hard his coaches and players worked all offseason, are self-deprecating when asked about the season because they just don’t know how teenagers are going to react once the ball is in play.
Red Mountain coach Mike Peterson said, “We just hope we can get seven on the line of scrimmage” before going out and handling Desert Ridge for an impressive season-opening win to go 1-0 for the first time since 2012.
The win saw Red Mountain make the biggest jump of the week in the 6A Coaches Poll as the Mountain Lions went from sixth to third this week.
A lot of lopsided matchups on paper turned out to be just that as there were plenty of blowouts in the 6A action last week.
There were some toss up games – Red Mountain vs. Desert Ridge, Hamilton vs. Chaparral, Pinnacle vs. Perry and Chandler vs. Centennial (Calif.) come to mind – that brought some intrigue and gave some insight.
Clearly no one really made too much of Chandler’s 35-13 loss to national power Centennial (Calif.) as the Wolves remained a near-unamimous choice for the top team in Arizona’s biggest classification.
“The loss doesn’t take them out of my top spot in AZ,” one coach said. “Until someone in Arizona can show they can beat them they’re No. 1.”
One of the teams that kept Chandler from being unanimous was Mountain Pointe, which was idle before taking on Pinnacle this week, but not everyone is buying the Pride, ranked fourth, just yet.
“Lots of question marks with new staff and losing lots of players from last year’s team,” was written by one coach.
Locally, Queen Creek’s lopsided 61-0 win over Westwood moved the Bulldogs up one spot to No. 7.
Chaparral, which beat Hamilton in overtime, matched Red Mountain in making the biggest jump as the Firebirds moved from ninth in the preseason poll to No. 6.
There are a lot of matchups this week that can jumble up the rankings in a hurry as the No. 7 Bulldogs travel to No. 1 Chandler, No. 4 Mountain Pointe heads to No. 2 Pinnacle, No. 8 Hamilton hits the road to Highland, which fell out of the top 10 despite an easy victory last week.
Here is this week’s poll:
6A Coaches Poll (21 coaches participating)
Team (record) LW Points (1st place votes)
- Chandler (0-1) 1 203 (19)
- Pinnacle (1-0) 3 198 (1)
- Red Mountain (1-0) 6 143
- Mtn Pointe (0-0) 5 129 (1)
- Perry (0-1) 2 110
- Chaparral (1-0) 9 97
- Queen Creek (1-0) 8 62
- Hamilton (0-1) 4 50
- Liberty (1-0) 7 34
- Desert Vista (1-0) — 32
Dropped out: Highland (10th)
Others receiving votes: Highland 31, Skyline 30, Sandra Day O’Connor 4, Mountain View 3, Basha 2, Brophy 2.