Each week, I’ll roll out a top-10 list, leading up to the 2017 high school football season.

First up are the dynamic duos. Every team has those two guys who are the heart and soul of the football team, guys who can put the team on their backs and carry them to victories.

Let’s look at 10 to watch:

Dynamic duos

No. 1 QB Jacob Conover, WR Gunner Romney


These guys never stop working the ball down the field, finding ways to connect. Romney will emerge as the lead receiver and Conover, coming off a 3,000-yard season as a sophomore, is ready for more.

No. 2 QB Max Massingale, RB Josiah Bradley

Scottsdale Saguaro

This is the Sabercats’ version of thunder (Bradley) and lightning (Massingale). Don’t be surprised to see both players rush for more than 1,000 yards, even with a young, inexperienced offensive line blocking for them.

2018: Top Arizona high school football prospects

No. 3 QB Brock Purdy, WR D’Shayne James

Gilbert Perry

James can play quarterback, but he’ll be utilized as one of Purdy’s main targets on a team full of playmakers. A junior, James is bigger than his brother Nate, who had an incredible senior season with Purdy throwing the ball all over the field on his way to becoming All-Arizona.

No. 4 QB Tyler Shough, RB Jawhar Jordan

Chandler Hamilton

These future major college players should have their best season yet with Jordan the focal point of the ground game, taking pressure off of Shough, who has a big arm and the ability to strike quick with deep passes.

No. 5 RB Mario Padilla, RB/WR Bijan Robinson

Tucson Salpointe Catholic

Might be the best, young dynamic backfield in the state, with Padilla a junior and Robinson entering his sophomore year. Padilla ran for 1,500 yards, averaging eight yards per carry last season. Robinson is ready to take off. He was running backs MVP of a Rivals camp in Los Angeles.

2019: Top Arizona high school football prospects

No. 6 DL Matthew Pola-Mao, S Kenny Churchwell

Phoenix Mountain Pointe

Defense again will be Mountain Pointe’s strength, and that starts with a pass rush, led by the junior nose tackle Pola-Mao, and ends with the cover skills of senior Churchwell, who is long (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) and athletic.

No. 7 QB Spencer Rattler, WR Hayden Hatten

Phoenix Pinnacle

These juniors have great chemistry and know the field so well. Hatten’s ability to get open and Rattler’s precise, quick spirals should help Pinnacle bounce back from what was a disappointing 2016 season for Pinnacle standards.

No. 8 RB Cole Fisher, RB Jake Smith

Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep

Both went out after the seventh game of the season with injuries during the same game. Now they’re recharged and motivated to lead the Saints to the 5A state playoffs with quick-strike playmakers, running and catching the football.

2020: Ranking top Arizona high school football prospects

No. 9 QB Collin Collins, WR Ty Siffermann

Chandler Basha

Collins is only a junior and only going to come into his own after having to wait his turn with Arizona State-bound QB Ryan Kelley leading the offense last year. Collins will have fun throwing the ball to Siffermann, one of the more underrated big-play receivers in the state.

No. 10 QB Jack Miller, WR Tommy Christakos

Scottsdale Chaparral

These guys are going to be sophomores, and, if Miller wins his appeal with the Arizona Interscholastic Association after transferring mid-freshman year from Scottsdale Christian, this duo will make an immediate impact in 5A. They’ll be fun to watch as they continue to grow in their high school careers.

Next week: Top 10 Athletes

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