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CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

6A

GAME OF NOV. 26, 2016:

   
(2) Chandler 36
(1) Mountain Pointe     17

(Game @ University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale)

 

 

5A

GAME OF NOV. 26, 2016:

   
(5) Centennial 6
(2) Williams Field     14

(Game @ University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale)

 

Trevor Browne searching for new head coach

Bruins fans hoping next hire leads to more cheers

WEEKLY BLOG:  1/14/17

Trevor G. Browne High School is in the process of hiring a new football coach to replace Ryan Prassas, and there's nowhere to go but up.

Prassas posted a 1-19 record over two seasons, including a 1-9 mark in 2016.  The Bruins' lone win came on Sept. 9 at Camelback (21-6).  That victory snapped a 16-game losing streak.  It has been eight years since TGBHS had a winning record.  The last seven seasons reveal just 14 wins against 56 defeats.

In an e-mail interview with Trevor Browne Athletic Director David Provost, he stated that there were 16 applicants for the open head coaching position.  He plans to bring 10 of them in for interviews and have the new coach in place by the end of this month.

Provost said the expectations for the West Valley school at 75th Avenue and Thomas are to build and teach character development and football skills.

"(The expectations are to) increase and maintain the numbers in the program, build compassion, develop leaders, increase accountability, and build positive relationships with students, staff, community, and media," Provost said.  "Lastly, to improve the student's academic performances in the program."

Many coaches in the state don't face the barriers involved in teaching football players at Trevor Browne.  Among the tough things are the area itself, players needing to work to contribute financially to their families, academics, a lack of parental support (see those bleachers in the above photo), and the need for players to provide child care for younger siblings.

Provost stated that the best scenario would be having the new head coach teach on campus.  Fortunately, with the time table that is in place, the school would still have plenty of time to get some work in the weight room and on the track before spring football and summer workouts.

Over the past 12 years, Trevor Browne has had five different coaches (combined record 29-92).  Only current Carl Hayden head coach Randy Gross got the Bruins to the playoffs during that span (2009).

The Bruins have a pair of returning players from last year's roster of 57 that earned All-6A Metro Region recognition.  Punter Marcelino Machado, a junior, was a First Team selection and sophomore linebacker Omar Hernandez-Acosta was on the Second Team.

Expect to see some of the players from last season's Frosh team that had a few tastes of winning (3-5-1) playing on varsity in the fall.  Helping the rebuild process is the schedule.  Back in 2011 and '12, the Bruins lined up against Valley Vista, Kellis, Westview, and Skyline.  Trevor Browne will play eight of the nine Phoenix Union high schools again in 2017, missing just Fairfax (which is a good thing).  The other two are against Kofa (#34 in final power points last season) and Copper Canyon (#38).  The Bruins were competitive against Kofa (a 10-0 loss in the opener), but not against the Aztecs (67-0 in September).

No one is suggesting that Trevor Browne (#40 in the 40-team 6A power points in '16) needs to have a playoff team to be successful.  But, the Bruins should be able to have more even matchups with district schools in comparable areas such as South Mountain, Carl Hayden, North, Maryvale, and Central.  Last year, TGBHS was defeated in those games by 26, 28, 28, 50, and 62, respectively.

Success is a possibility with most of the PUHSD schools playing one another.  Let's take a look at some of them:

Cesar Chavez and Betty Fairfax are the two newer schools in the district that are both in Laveen, so it may be a little unfair to make the comparison with that duo.  Both won their regions last season with Chavez (6A Metro) rolling through league play winning all five games by more than 28 points.  Jim Rattay, who recently stepped down from his position, led the Champions to the playoffs four times in his nine seasons.  Fairfax (5A Union) was also dominant in its region taking each game by at least 20 points.  This was Dylan Winemiller's third year with the Stampede and the team made it back-to-back postseason trips for the first time in its eight-year history.

Alhambra stuck with Frank Lautt, despite some rough seasons a decade ago.  Lautt developed a strong rushing game and the Lions grinded it out with that strategy for five straight years of five or more wins from 2011-15.  Lautt left after the '15 season, but former Chavez assistant George Medrano extended the AHS streak of winning seasons to four with a 6-4 year.

Central was mired in a 21-game losing streak before the 2015 campaign began.  Jon Clanton's Bobcats ended that in a big way with a 50-7 victory over Cortez and turned in back-to-back 6-4 seasons.

When North hired Bernie Busken in 2014, the Mustangs hadn't had a winning season since 2008.  But, in his second year there, NHS went 6-4 and scored 48 or more points three times.

Maryvale is taking steps forward after a four-year stretch (2011-14) where the Panthers were 1-41.  Under George Martinez, MHS won three games in '15 and bettered that by one last season.

Despite the loss to Trevor Browne last season, Camelback managed to win three games.  In 2015, Justin Watson surprisingly left the Spartans after just two games in which they were outscored 92-7.  Brandon McNutt finished the season on an interim basis and CHS went 4-4 in those games.  Joe Brissette is entering his second season as Camelback's head coach.

From 2002-09, Carl Hayden lost 66 consecutive games.  While the road back has been arduous, there haven't been any more winless seasons.  Jeremy Zimmerman guided the Falcons to a 5-5 year in 2012.  Gross, 3-7 last year, begins his second year as the CHHS head coach.

Even South Mountain is showing signs of turning the corner.  The Jaguars were 3-47 from 2011-15.  Under first-year head coach Mark Carter, the final record (1-10) didn't reflect the improvement on the scoreboard, but SMHS is actively working on changing the culture in the South Phoenix school.  Last year, the players were surprised before the first game of the year with new cleats, socks, and helmets with new decals.  After a group of just 13 in his first meeting, the numbers grew to a total of 75 in JV and varsity combined.

So, while the challenges are out there for Trevor Browne, it has been shown in the district that it CAN be done.  The school played its first season in 1972 and currently has just over 3,000 students.  In what was a far different time, the Bruins won a title in the state's largest class in 1981.  The coach of that team, Bill Mitton, had the stadium named after him in 2012.

"Trevor G. Browne has a great football history and many alumni," Provost said.  "I am hoping to find the right coach that can turn around our program and move it in the right direction.  It will be challenging, but I believe that the right coach can make it happen."
 

PHOTO CAPTION:  The Trevor Browne cheer line watches some of the Bruins' road game before one of their many routines during the night.  Like the players, the TGBHS cheer squad heads to camp before the season to work on their game before rooting on the Brown & Orange each Friday night. (Photo Courtesy of Trevor Browne football)

EDITORS NOTE: On Jan. 18, Jeremy Zimmerman was hired to be Trevor Browne's next head coach.  Zimmerman was the head coach at Carl Hayden from 2011-14 and led the Falcons to a 5-5 season in 2012.  That was the highest win total CHHS has posted in a year since 1996.

 

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GRIDIRON ARIZONA POWER POINTS - 2016

 

(per AIA/MaxPreps) - FINAL END OF REGULAR SEASON

6A CONFERENCE
  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. 

 

5A CONFERENCE
  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. 

 

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