Chandler lets Perry know who rules 6A football | 1:17
Chandler Wolves dominate No.1 Gilbert Perry
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Chris Russell on Cesar Chavez’ win over North | 0:49
Cesar Chavez QB Chris Russell on his team’s efforts in big win.
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Basha QB Connor Phelan on win over Brophy | 0:57
With Basha QB Connor Phelan, who threw for 411 yards and 3 TDs in 47-13 win over Brophy Prep.
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Devin Larsen on Queen Creek’s win over Campo Verde | 0:34
Devin Larson breaks down Queen Creek’s 21-16 win over Campo Verde.
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Sunrise Mountain QB Keegan Freid on Cactus win | 1:44
Sunrise Mountain senior quarterback Keegan Freid on his team’s 54-0 beat down of Cactus.
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Liberty senior Alec Moonier talks about rout of Chaparral | 1:28
Liberty stuns traditional power Chaparral 63-13 on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
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Phoenix Christian QB Hunter Cole | 0:52
Phoenix Christian’s Hunter Cole discusses Phoenix Christian’s win over Tempe Prep.
Adam Stites/Special for azcentral sports
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Cover2: Previewing Week 7 in high school football | 6:39
Richard Obert and Richard Morin take a look at the Perry-Chandler and Queen Creek-Campo Verde games.
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Centennial football pulls off shocking win | 0:55
Defense shuts down all lanes and stuns Florida champion St. Thomas Aquinas 12-0
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Casen Simonton talks about Casteel’s defensive performance | 1:54
Casen Simonton had a pick-six and the Queen Creek Casteel defense held Yuma Catholic in check, avenging its two losses last season with a 17-10 win over Yuma Catholic Friday in Queen Creek.
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Scottsdale Christian’s Christian Pahnke after win over Bourgade | 0:42
Scottsdale Christian Christian Pahnke on his performance of 244-rushing yards and two TDS in 27-8 win over Bourgade Catholic.
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Desert Edge senior running back Elijah Bogensperger | 1:16
Desert Edge senior running back Elijah Bogensperger talks about the Scorpions’ win over Agua Fria.
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Westview’s Bobby White after rout of Tolleson | 1:09
Westview running back Bobby White talks about his 3 TD performance in Westview’s 41-7 rout of Tolleson.
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Demaria Norris on his six-touchdown performance | 0:44
Demaria Norris leads Cactus to 57-34 win over rival Peoria on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
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Jarin Davis after Northwest Christian’s win over Odyssey Institute | 1:01
Jarin Davis had an interception return touchdown to lead Northwest Christian past Odyssey Institute on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
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Millenium head coach Lamar Early after win over La Joya | 1:29
Millenium head coach Lamar Early talked about how his team put up over 600 total yards of offense in a win over La Joya. Video: Weston DeWitt/Special for azcentral sports
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Mountain Pointe overcomes mistakes to beat Desert Vista | 0:32
It was the sixth straight year Mountain Pointe beat its Ahwatukee rival in football
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Sunnyslope running back Xamoi Penn after win over Kellis | 0:53
Xamoi Penn, Sunnyslope running back, talks about the Vikings’ 21-18 win over Raymond S. Kellis
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Coronado running back Alexis Mendez on his team’s first win | 0:39
In a battle of winless teams, Coronado routed Cortez in Scottsdale.
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Tylen Coleman, Kemo Atkins lead Maricopa | 1:26
Tylen Coleman and Kemo Akins were standout performers in Maricopa’s win over Ironwood 26-15.
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Carry on is the Mesa High motto and name of a documentary being filmed | 1:56
Mesa alum Darren Lovin is documenting the 2017 Mesa football season and the school’s rich history
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Watch Cover 2: azcentral sports high school football show | 28:52
Richard Obert and Richard Morin hand out their mid-term report cards: Best player, best coach and more.
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Israel Loveall sets Arizona high school TD pass record | 0:19
Bagdad quarterback Israel Loveall set a new Arizona high school touchdown pass record on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. He needed five to break the mark and had six in the first half.
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Cover 2 – High school football show for Week 5 | 21:39
Approaching halfway mark of season: Richard Obert and Richard Morin preview the Highland at Perry matchup as well as the Pinnacle at Mountain Pointe game. Plus, which players deserve scholarship offers but don’t have them yet?
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Centennial pulls out win over Pinnacle | 0:59
Xavier Rojas wins it with his third field goal with two seconds left
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Cover 2 – High school football show for Week 4 | 22:53
Richard Obert and Richard Morin preview Verrado-Liberty as well as Chaparral-Williams Field and take questions from Arizona high school football fans on Facebook and Twitter.
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Chandler lets Perry know who rules 6A football
Chris Russell on Cesar Chavez’ win over North
Basha QB Connor Phelan on win over Brophy
Devin Larsen on Queen Creek’s win over Campo Verde
Sunrise Mountain QB Keegan Freid on Cactus win
Liberty senior Alec Moonier talks about rout of Chaparral
Phoenix Christian QB Hunter Cole
Cover2: Previewing Week 7 in high school football
Centennial football pulls off shocking win
Casen Simonton talks about Casteel’s defensive performance
Scottsdale Christian’s Christian Pahnke after win over Bourgade
Desert Edge senior running back Elijah Bogensperger
Westview’s Bobby White after rout of Tolleson
Demaria Norris on his six-touchdown performance
Jarin Davis after Northwest Christian’s win over Odyssey Institute
Millenium head coach Lamar Early after win over La Joya
Mountain Pointe overcomes mistakes to beat Desert Vista
Sunnyslope running back Xamoi Penn after win over Kellis
Coronado running back Alexis Mendez on his team’s first win
Tylen Coleman, Kemo Atkins lead Maricopa
Carry on is the Mesa High motto and name of a documentary being filmed
Watch Cover 2: azcentral sports high school football show
Israel Loveall sets Arizona high school TD pass record
Cover 2 – High school football show for Week 5
Centennial pulls out win over Pinnacle
Cover 2 – High school football show for Week 4
Glendale had to cancel its junior varsity football team three weeks ago when it was left with 13 players for a game.
That hasn’t stopped the varsity from thriving in coach Rob York’s second season. One of the oldest schools in the state, Glendale is 5-2 with winnable games against Phoenix Carl Hayden, Phoenix Camelback, Glendale Independence left. Fans are coming to games. Players no longer feel invisible on campus. And the playoffs are an outside possibility.
Last year, Glendale went 5-5, its most wins since 2006 when it won six games after an 0-4 start.
In booming Buckeye, people were starting to wonder if Youngker would ever have a winning season, even as housing communities grew and amenities took off.
Coach Tony Cluff, in his first season as head coach at Youngker, has led the Roughriders to a 5-3 record. The five wins are the most in a season since they began playing football in 2009.
Last year, the Roughriders started 0-7.
This is sweet vindication for a coach who was not hired back at his alma mater, Avondale Agua Fria, following a 5-5 season in 2015.
Now after wins, Cluff and York, who was part of Cluff’s staff at Agua Fria, text each other with congratulatory notes.
“The kids on campus are excited,” Cluff said. “They fill our stands each week. It’s never happened before. That’s what I’m hanging my hat on. The community is starting to get behind us.”
It takes patience, pride, commitment, a coach who isn’t afraid to push the envelope and get kids excited about football to go from pushovers to potential playoff teams.
When Ed Cook returned to his alma mater to lead Phoenix Greenway’s program this year, he wasn’t looking at the two three-win and one two-win seasons that preceded him under two different coaches.
He was thinking this is his dream job and jumped right in, like he did during his playing days in the late 1980s, when the Salmon brothers – Tim and Mike – were leaving their legacy as football and baseball stars.
Cook, who graduated from Greenway in 1988, looks like he could suit up at middle linebacker. He’s got the Demons committed in the weight room and looking out for each other on the field on their way to a 6-1 record in 4A.
“I have a little bit different energy and vibe about me and I think the kids kind of feed off of that,” said Cook, who was assisting at Glendale Mountain Ridge, before getting this head coaching gig. “I’m just myself. I let them have fun and let them know it’s OK to make a mistake. We have to keep learning and get better.”
Both Cook and York are dealing with adversity.
Cook lost his featured running back, Parker Reeves, three games ago to an injury. He had run for 348 yards and four TDs.
Junior quarterback Tyler Duncan has delivered with added responsibilities as a dual threat, rushing for 401 yards and four TDs and passing for 1,856 yards and 25 TDs with just three interceptions.
Two weeks ago, in the team’s only loss (34-24 to Casa Grande), Duncan ran for 117 yards on 20 carries.
Last week, in a 29-26 upset of Peoria, Duncan completed 33 of 57 passes for 353 yards and two TDs.
“He believes in us,” Duncan said of Cook.
Last year, when pass-happy Jon Becktold (now leading Tempe Corona del Sol) was head coach in his only season at Greenway, Duncan said the offense was, “Throw here, throw there, just pass.”
“Now,” Duncan said, “it’s more intense.”
Glendale has gone more than a decade without a winning season, but the Cardinals are riding momentum, despite losing talented sophomore tailback/wide receiver Kevin Daniels to a broken leg in Friday’s win over Phoenix South Mountain. Daniels had about 500 receiving yards and 500 rushing yards before the injury.
Daniels ran for 1,000 yards at quarterback as a freshman.
“We had thunder and lightning with him and (running back) Isaiah (Briggs),” York said. “We have a good core group of kids that were here all summer. We took 35 kids to camp. That’s a pretty good number for us. Being in the weight room helped us a bunch, especially with the offensive line.”
Despite a 5-2 record, Glendale is a long way off from making the playoffs. It is ranked 27th in 5A this week by the Arizona Interscholastic Association/MaxPreps power points. The top 16 teams make the playoffs, but the region champs get automatic berths.
Glendale’s 40-36 loss to Laveen Betty Fairfax on Sept. 28 could end up being costly. That is Glendale’s only region loss in the Union Region that has Fairfax (3-0) and Independence (2-0) on top.
The Cardinals know they can’t lose another game to get in.
But opposing teams are taking them seriously.
“The school love is crazy now that we’re winning,” Briggs said. “Everybody wants to talk to a football player. When you start winning, they love you. It’s been a big deal.”
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