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GAME OF NOV. 26, 2016:

(2) Chandler 36
(1) Mountain Pointe     17

(Game @ University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale)




GAME OF NOV. 26, 2016:

(5) Centennial 6
(2) Williams Field     14

(Game @ University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale)


Buena building with Borbon

Freshman QB brought excitement at the varsity level

WEEKLY BLOG:  3/11/17

It may seem that Buena Colts quarterback Jovoni Borbon came out of nowhere.

The 5-11, 175-pound signal caller was one of just four freshmen in the state to throw for more than 1,000 yards (he had 1,129) for his varsity team last season.  And Borbon did that in just six games while completing 57 percent of his passes.

Buena head coach Joe Thomas has known Borbon since he was in third grade.  Thomas, who is entering his third year at BHS, was previously at Tombstone HS.  Borbon lives in Tombstone, but makes the 25-minute commute to Sierra Vista to attend Buena.  In youth football, he played in Sierra Vista with the Raiders and had much success.

With Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army installation, nearby, there are a lot of military families that come in and out of BHS.  However, that's not the case with Borbon.

"I have lived in Tombstone my whole life," Borbon said in an e-mail interview. "I wanted to challenge myself and strive for bigger opportunities in academics and sports.  That's why I came to Buena."

Borbon came in during the summer and took part in some of the passing league tournaments.  He competed for the starting job and earned it (over a senior).  But, his varsity career didn't start off too well.

"I fractured my left growth plate (pelvic bone) in the first half of the game," Borbon said.  "It was on a simple play.  I was rolling out of the pocket and I was never hit or touched.  I left the game at halftime and went to the hospital."

But the young Colt didn't bury his head and give up.  He kept fighting.

Borbon missed the next three weeks and started to get back into his routine for the game against Douglas.  There was no hesitation from Thomas on the readiness of returning his frosh player to the varsity field.

"As soon as he was ready to go, we put him right back in," Thomas said.

That decision was the right one as Borbon tossed his first three touchdown passes and ended up with 311 yards.  One of those was a 70-yard connection to fellow freshman Young Schwinof.

By season's end, named Borbon its Freshman of the Year.  Thomas said opposing coaches and players were in awe that he was in his first year of high school.

"Being one of the youngest players on the team definitely made me become a better leader and grow as an individual," Borbon said.  "This also challenged me to do the best I could possibly do competing against guys two to three years older than me and grow as a student athlete."

Thomas has already decided that the soon-to-be sophomore will be one of his captains next season.  The weight training teacher spends time with Borbon in the offseason during lunch. 

"He got his feet wet and, if we can keep him healthy, it will be a good year for him," Thomas said.

Borbon said he is working on his speed and footwork both in and outside of the pocket this summer.  He is also focusing on standing tall in the pocket and delivering a good ball to his receivers.

There was a lot of worry earlier this month when the AIA Legislative Council permitted its coaches to hold "year-round practices".  Many feared it would be the demise of the multi-sport athlete, but that doesn't seem to be the case at Buena.

Borbon is now in his third sport this year.  In the winter he wrestled and now he is running track.  How versatile is Borbon?  He runs in the sprints (100 meters and 4x100 relay) and also takes part in the throwing events (shot put and discus).

"Wrestling, I did to maintain my cardio and flexibility," Borbon said.  "I will be focusing on track and football next year as my main sports."

Thomas, who also coaches on the track team, recognizes the balance in a student's training by participating in other sports.

"I love the three-sport athletes," Thomas said.  "Even though he's not physically playing football, he's still working on getting faster and letting him be an athlete."

Borbon has been able to balance those three sports with a devoted attention in the classroom.  He started off his high school transcript with a 4.0 GPA and is striving to equal that in his second semester.

It is said that with more reps, the game slows down.  That appeared to be the case with Borbon as he saved his best game for the very last one in Week 10.  Against Nogales, he was 20-of-25 passing for 299 yards and four touchdowns.

"Towards the end of the year, the game became more relaxed for me," Borbon said.  "I felt more comfortable and in control.  I started to feel as if it felt like a movie, which allowed me to be more successful."

In addition to their quarterback, the Colts will welcome many others back in 2017.  The top two running backs (Anthony Guerrero-Sisneroz and Levi Wahl) are juniors.  On offense, Buena loses a senior wide receiver and two senior linemen.  On the defense, the top three tacklers (Timothy Jones, Jacob Murphy, and Mandrell Garrick) are all sophomores.

What has gone unsaid thus far, is the fact that Buena is currently on a school-record 21-game losing streak.  The Colts' last varsity win came back on October 24 in 2014, when Borbon was a seventh grader at Walter J. Meyer Elementary School.  The team did improve offensively last year from 10.8 points per game to 14.4.

The Colts will graduate just 12 seniors from its 59-player roster in 2016.  Reinforcements will also come from a freshman team that put together a four-game win streak against Sunnyside, Rincon, Palo Verde, and Sahuaro last September.

"We went from winning one game in the program (in 2015) to nine in the lower levels," Thomas said.  "The teams we played graduated 25 to 30 guys.  The kids are buying into the program."

The season for BHS gets started at home at Loveless Field on August 18 against Tucson High.  While the past has been difficult, there is a renewed excitement in the football program as these young kids reach their junior and senior seasons relying on an experienced sophomore to try for victories against teams that have beaten the Colts in the past.  The coaches are setting higher goals for the team and when that first victory comes in 2017, it will be savored due to the drive everyone is putting in.

"It's hard for everyone who is on a team that hasn't won a game," Borbon said.  "This empowers me to push myself harder every day and work harder to get better as a team.  It's all about the process and the process will make the product all worth it.  That's why I want to lead my team to a victory next season."

PHOTO CAPTION:  Buena quarterback Jovoni Borbon (2) gives the play call to the Colts' team during a home game from last season.  Buena plays in the 5A Southern Region and will host Tucson, Sunnyside, Rincon, Cienega, and Marana Mountain View in Sierra Vista this upcoming season.  (Photo Courtesy of Jovoni Borbon)


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  School Section         Record Power Points Playoffs        
1. Mountain Pointe Central  13-1    23.1548 Championship Game
2. Chandler Premier  13-2    18.3323 STATE CHAMPS
3. Perry Premier  11-2    16.5586 Semifinals
4. Skyline East Valley   9-2    13.9604 First Round
5. Brophy Premier   8-4    12.8055 Quarterfinals
6. Hamilton Premier   7-5    11.4263 Quarterfinals
7. Mesa Mountain View East Valley   7-4    10.6341 First Round
8. Desert Ridge Central   8-4    10.4863 Quarterfinals
9. Westview Southwest   8-3      9.9066 First Round
10. Desert Vista Central   7-5      9.8184 Quarterfinals 
11. Tucson Southern   6-5      7.2087 First Round
12. Pinnacle Desert Valley   6-6      7.1250 First Round
13. Red Mountain East Valley   8-5      6.5276 Semifinals
14. Valley Vista Southwest   7-4      6.1075 First Round 
15. Basha Premier   3-8      3.7819 First Round
  Highland Central   3-7      3.5641  
  Corona del Sol Central   4-6       3.1098  
  Horizon Desert Valley   6-4      2.4988  
16. Cesar Chavez Metro   6-5      1.8672 First Round
  Boulder Creek Desert Valley   4-6      1.7984  
  Cibola Southern   6-4      1.7805  
  Millennium Southwest   4-6      1.3490  
  Desert Mountain Desert Valley   4-6      1.1421  
  Dobson East Valley   5-5      0.5503  
  Mesa East Valley   4-7   -  0.9293  
  Sunnyside Southern   4-6   -  1.3228  
  Mountain Ridge Desert Valley   3-7   -  1.8851  
  Tolleson Southwest   5-5   -  1.9436  
  La Joya Southwest   4-6   -  2.9091  
  Central Metro   6-4   -  4.0757  
  Alhambra Metro   6-4   -  4.4643  
  Gilbert Central   1-9   -  5.3678  
  O'Connor Desert Valley   1-9   -  5.6245  
  Kofa Southern   5-5   -  5.6826  
  North Metro   5-5   -  6.1890  
  Westwood East Valley   2-8   -  6.7406  
  Rincon Southern   3-7   -  7.8383  
  Copper Canyon Southwest   3-7   -  8.0550  
  Maryvale Metro   4-6   -  9.2338  
  Trevor Browne Metro   1-9   -17.2769  

The top team from each section based on section record is guaranteed one of the 16 playoff berths.  These 16 teams will be placed in a bracket according to the final power points.

The AIA works with Maxpreps in devising the power points formula.  The formula utilizes results from all games nationwide as opposed to only leveraging results from opponents and the opponents of opponents.  All teams start on a level playing field.  No values are given for division, enrollment, returning starters, previous record, etc. 


  School Section         Record Power Points Playoffs      
1. Cienega Southern  12-1    21.1641 Semifinals
2. Williams Field San Tan  14-0    18.3806 STATE CHAMPS
3. Ironwood Ridge Southern   9-3    13.6948 Quarterfinals
4. Desert Edge Desert West   10-2    13.0262 Quarterfinals
5. Centennial Northwest  12-2    12.9235 Championship Game
6. Queen Creek San Tan  10-3    12.9102 Semifinals
7. Marana Sonoran   9-3    11.1349 Quarterfinals
8. Marana Mountain View Southern   7-4      9.2635 First Round
9. Mesquite San Tan   8-4      8.7741 Quarterfinals 
x- Notre Dame Northeast Valley   8-2      8.6463  
10. Kellis Metro   9-2      8.2574 First Round
11. Desert View Sonoran   8-3      7.2707 First Round
12. Liberty Northwest   7-4      5.8718 First Round 
13. Verrado Desert West   7-4      5.6889 First Round 
14. Flowing Wells Sonoran   6-5      4.2088 First Round
  Sunnyslope Metro   7-3      4.1984  
  Campo Verde San Tan   7-3      4.0454  
  Deer Valley Desert West   6-4      3.7663  
15. Chaparral Northeast Valley   5-6      3.4287 First Round
16. Fairfax Union   8-3      1.8410 First Round
  Maricopa Metro   5-5      0.5103  
  Sahuaro Southern   3-7      0.3177  
  Apollo Metro   4-6   -  0.6394  
  North Canyon Northeast Valley   6-4   -  1.2943  
  Arcadia Northeast Valley   2-8   -  2.9097  
  Poston Butte Sonoran   4-6   -  3.2365  
  Shadow Ridge Northwest   2-8   -  3.3190  
  Willow Canyon Northwest   3-7   -  3.7983  
  Lake Havasu Desert West   4-6   -  4.2261  
  Vista Grande San Tan   2-8   -  4.8533  
  McClintock Metro   3-7   -  5.2503  
  Paradise Valley Northeast Valley   2-8   -  5.5881  
  Ironwood Metro   2-8   -  5.8001  
  Independence Union   4-6   -  7.6249  
  Cholla Sonoran   1-9   -  9.1833  
  Glendale Union   5-5   -  9.2587  
  Agua Fria Desert West   2-8   -  9.4001  
  Camelback Union   3-7   -12.3102  
  Carl Hayden Union   3-7   -12.3102  
  Buena Southern   0-10   -13.3795  
  Goldwater Desert West   1-9   -14.3591  
  South Mountain Union   1-10   -17.4770  
  Sierra Linda Northwest   0-10   -19.4251  

x- Notre Dame Prep is on probation for holding padded practices out of season and is ineligible for the 2016 playoffs.

The top team from each section based on section record is guaranteed one of the 16 playoff berths.  These 16 teams will be placed in a bracket according to the final power points.  With Notre Dame Prep ruled ineligible, the 2nd place team from the Northeast Valley Region was an automatic qualifier.

The AIA works with Maxpreps in devising the power points formula.  The formula utilizes results from all games nationwide as opposed to only leveraging results from opponents and the opponents of opponents.  All teams start on a level playing field.  No values are given for division, enrollment, returning starters, previous record, etc.