Same Teams, Slight Movement in 6A Top 10
3 months ago Jason P. Skoda 0
The football teams have been together essentially since January when the last year’s seniors started transitioning out of the program.
They’ve had a ton a time on the weight room, spring ball, 7-on-7s, most teams took a team trip up north or to California and went through preseason training camp.
And now most teams have played three games in the 2018 season.
Coaches generally have had a feel for their teams for some time. There will be challenges and growth from it. Some will have failures how it is handled makes all of the difference.
Getting for a feel for the team’s personality is part of the process but even the coaches can be surprised at times at how a team comes together on the field.
The Highland Hawks are one of 6A’s fast rising teams, going from unranked to No. 5 last week and now sit at No. 4 this week after scoring 70 points in just three quarters against Boulder Creek.
“All of the coaches around the Valley work with the kids year round,” Highland coach Brock Farrel said on the AIA Wrap Up Show on Friday night. “By the time we got back from camp in California in July, I kind of had an idea of what our personality was going to be. We have a great group of senior offensive lineman. We have great backs and since I’ve been here we’ve kind of hung our hat on playing pretty good defense. I was pretty sure that’s who we were going to be again.
“I expected us to be better than last year being the second year in the system, but I don’t know that I ever thought we’d score 150 points in our first three games. It’s been a pleasure to be part of so far.”
The Hawks’ schedule gets a little tougher in the weeks to come as Skyline, Basha, Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe are up next with Queen Creek and Desert Ridge closing it out.
It will be interesting to see how long Highland can sustain this level of play. Three weeks is hardly enough to make a complete conclusion on a team especially since well-coached teams get better as the season wears on, but in the early going the Hawks are one of those programs that just might be even better than what was expected in the preseason.
This week’s set of 6A games are a little light on intrigue with No. 10 Liberty at Desert Ridge, and three top six teams – No. 1 Chandler, No. 2 Pinnacle and No. 6 Mountain Pointe – playing out of state teams.
Locally, Queen Creek (2-1) remains in the top 10 at No. 8 with a good win at Cesar Chavez and return home this week to take on Mountain View (1-2).
Here is a look at this week’s poll:
6A Coaches Poll (Nine coaches participating)
Team (record) LW Points (1st place votes)
- Chandler (2-1) 1 89 (8)
- Pinnacle (3-0) 2 82 (1)
- Perry (2-1) 4 64
- Highland (3-0) 5 59
- Red Mountain (2-1) 3 44
- Mtn Pointe (2-1) 6 38
- Chaparral (3-0) 7 34
- Queen Creek (2-1) 8 22
(tie) Liberty (3-0) 10 22
- Desert Vista (3-0) 9 19
Dropped out: None
Others receiving votes: Basha 10, Hamilton 3, Desert Ridge 2, Sandra Day O’Connor 2, Cesar Chavez 2.