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24
Aug

Phoenix hope to rise again with new coach

CHRIS DAVIS of Tonopah Valley runs with the football last season against Arizona Lutheran. Davis returns as the Phoenix starting quarterback after throwing for 1,034 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. View photo by Ray Thomas
CHRIS DAVIS of Tonopah Valley runs with the football last season against Arizona Lutheran. Davis returns as the Phoenix starting quarterback after throwing for 1,034 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. View photo by Ray Thomas

Dustin Johnson looks to lead Tonopah Valley to another successful season

by Rafael Alvarez

special to the View

Wed
24
Aug
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Hawks aiming for return trip to playoffs

ETHAN ALLEN, right, of Buckeye holds up a defender Aug. 16 during practice. Allen is one of three returning starters on the offensive line for the Hawks.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ETHAN ALLEN, right, of Buckeye holds up a defender Aug. 16 during practice. Allen is one of three returning starters on the offensive line for the Hawks. View photo by Ray Thomas

Buckeye loads up schedule despite inexperience

Buckeye’s strength of schedule each of the past two seasons hasn’t done it any favors.

The Hawks went 8-2 during the regular season in coach Kelley Moore’s first year, 2014, but all that got them was a No. 15 seed and an eventual first-round exit from the state playoffs. A season ago, Buckeye was 7-3 and missed the postseason.

Wed
24
Aug
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Tigers adjusting to life under new coach

J.J. GAYLES of Millennium holds a blocking pad during an Aug. 17 practice. Gayles was the Tigers’ leading rusher last year, gaining 1,296 yards while scoring 13 touchdowns. Millennium opens the season Friday at Perry.  View photo by Ray Thomas
J.J. GAYLES of Millennium holds a blocking pad during an Aug. 17 practice. Gayles was the Tigers’ leading rusher last year, gaining 1,296 yards while scoring 13 touchdowns. Millennium opens the season Friday at Perry. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium football seeks to improve fortune in 2016

For Millennium’s football team, intensity is the name of the game under new coach James Carter.

I would say it’s really been a test,” wide receiver Aidan Diggs said. “We’ve been pushing the limits in practice. The running and the conditioning, the coaches are making sure we’re on top of all that.”

Wed
24
Aug
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Verrado stomps Paradise Valley in opener

JA’TAI JENKINS, 1, of Verrado jumps through the Paradise Valley defense Aug. 19 while extending his arm to fend off Patrick Long. Jenkins rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns against the Trojans, as the Vipers cruised to a 68-6 victory in the season opener. View photo by Mike Rincon
JA’TAI JENKINS, 1, of Verrado jumps through the Paradise Valley defense Aug. 19 while extending his arm to fend off Patrick Long. Jenkins rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns against the Trojans, as the Vipers cruised to a 68-6 victory in the season opener. View photo by Mike Rincon

Vipers overcome early mistakes, roll to victory

It was very apparent Verrado was playing its season opener Aug. 19. Yellow hankies all over the field told that story.

Wed
24
Aug
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Tolleson football ready for bright lights

PATRICK ORTEGA of Tolleson surveys the field Aug. 17 while playing quarterback in a scrimmage against Sierra Linda. The Wolverines have their sights set on a region championship in 2016.  View photo by Ray Thomas
PATRICK ORTEGA of Tolleson surveys the field Aug. 17 while playing quarterback in a scrimmage against Sierra Linda. The Wolverines have their sights set on a region championship in 2016. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wolverines set sights on region crown

Tolleson football has quickly turned around its sluggish start to fall practice, and is ready to take on the 2016 season with a lofty goal: win the region.

All of the things we do is to be region champs,” Tolleson coach Jason Wilke said. “That’s our mission and vision. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Wed
24
Aug
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La Joya welcomes 6A challenge

DEVIN DOURISSEAU of La Joya throws a pass Aug. 15 during practice. The Lobos open the season Friday at home against Corona del Sol. View photo by Ray Thomas
DEVIN DOURISSEAU of La Joya throws a pass Aug. 15 during practice. The Lobos open the season Friday at home against Corona del Sol. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lobos football up 2 conferences for 2016 campaign

La Joya football is entering the 2016 season up two conferences from a year ago.

The Lobos are hoping to tackle the challenge of moving from the old Division III to the 6A conference, the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s highest level, by expanding depth across the roster, La Joya coach Josh Mitchell said.

Wed
24
Aug

Riders roughed up in season opener

RASHAD GRIFFIS, 5, of Youngker rushes the ball Aug. 19 while being chased by Dysart’s Holden Holyoak. The Roughriders lost their season opener 39-17 to the Demons.  View photo by Jordan Christopher
RASHAD GRIFFIS, 5, of Youngker rushes the ball Aug. 19 while being chased by Dysart’s Holden Holyoak. The Roughriders lost their season opener 39-17 to the Demons. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Youngker can't overcome costly turnovers, falls to Dysart

by Rafael Alvarez

special to the View

Youngker opened up its season at home against El Mirage Dysart, and while the Roughriders started off strong, the Demons would eventually cool them down, defeating Youngker 39-17.

Wed
24
Aug
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Westview runs over Basha in opener

TYLER VASKO, 10, of Westview puts out a stiff arm toward Basha’s Kenric Jameison Aug. 19 during the season opener. Vasko rushed for 315 yards and three touchdowns during the Knights’ 54-36 victory.  View photo by Ray Thomas
TYLER VASKO, 10, of Westview puts out a stiff arm toward Basha’s Kenric Jameison Aug. 19 during the season opener. Vasko rushed for 315 yards and three touchdowns during the Knights’ 54-36 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas

Knights O-line, backs lay waste to Bears defense in 54-36 rout

Westview football’s bread and butter has been a punishing run game for the better part of a decade. It never looked easier than it did against Chandler Basha Aug. 19.

The Knights (1-0) ran every which direction over the Basha (0-1) defense to the tune of 461 yards in a 54-36 barn-burner to open the 2016 season.

Wed
24
Aug
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Scorpions sting Coyotes, take season opener

TEHRAN THOMAS, right, of Desert Edge holds the ball out in front of running back Rocky Perez Aug. 20 in the Scorpions’ season opener. Perez had 18 carries for 76 yards, while Thomas carried 18 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Desert Edge beat Centennial 26-24. View photo by Mike Rincon
TEHRAN THOMAS, right, of Desert Edge holds the ball out in front of running back Rocky Perez Aug. 20 in the Scorpions’ season opener. Perez had 18 carries for 76 yards, while Thomas carried 18 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Desert Edge beat Centennial 26-24. View photo by Mike Rincon

Desert Edge makes impression in jump to 5A

Desert Edge passed its first test in 5A, and it was a big one.

The Scorpions beat defending Division I champion Peoria Centennial 26-24 Aug. 20 at Coconino High School in Flagstaff. The game was played there as part of the Sollenberger Classic.

Wed
17
Aug
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Youngker looking for 1st winning season

GREG DOTSTRY, 29, of Youngker rushes the ball last season against Dysart. Dotstry ran for 742 yards in eight games as a freshman last year. View photo by Mike Rincon
GREG DOTSTRY, 29, of Youngker rushes the ball last season against Dysart. Dotstry ran for 742 yards in eight games as a freshman last year. View photo by Mike Rincon

Roughriders trying to build in Kelly Epley's 2nd year as coach

Youngker’s football program has never had a winning season in its seven years of existence. The 2016 group desperately wants to change that.

Coach Kelly Epley won three games in his first season at the helm last year, taking over a program that had gone 1-19 over the previous two seasons. With a year under his belt, he’s excited about the prospects of 2016.

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