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GAME OF OCT. 27, 2016:

Verrado 6
at Desert Edge      3


GAMES OF OCT. 28, 2016:

at Basha        


at Hamilton        


Desert Vista  
at Corona del Sol        


at Desert Ridge        


Mountain Pointe  
at Gilbert        


at Skyline        


Mesa Mountain View  
at Mesa        


at Red Mountain        


at Copper Canyon        


at La Joya        


Valley Vista  
at Millennium        


Boulder Creek  
at Desert Mountain        


at Horizon        


at Mountain Ridge        


at Cibola        


at Kofa        


at Marana        


at Cesar Chavez        


Trevor Browne  
at Central        


at North        


at Campo Verde        


Queen Creek  
at Williams Field        


Vista Grande       
at Notre Dame        


at Buena        


at Marana Mtn View        


Ironwood Ridge  
at Sahuaro        


Flowing Wells  
at Cholla        


Desert View  
at Poston Butte        


at Sunnyslope        


at Ironwood        


at McClintock        


at Chaparral        


North Canyon  
at Paradise Valley        


Agua Fria  
at Lake Havasu        


at Deer Valley        


at Liberty        


Sierra Linda  
at Shadow Ridge        


Carl Hayden  
at Camelback        


South Mountain  
at Fairfax        


at Glendale        


Week Nine: Skyline 17 Red Mountain 14

Coyotes take East Valley Region with win

WEEKLY BLOG:  10/21/16

The Skyline Coyotes knew going into Friday's contest that a win over Red Mountain would lock up the region title.

But it would take a total team effort in this 6A East Valley region tilt as SHS was without a couple of its main weapons.  The 'Yotes were focused on needing others to step up as leading rusher Kaleb Hardin was limited to just three carries and tight end/linebacker Jonathan Jackson was unavailable.  Both players were recovering from high ankle strains suffered two weeks ago against Mesa.

Before an impassioned crowd at home in East Mesa, sophomore running back Aaron Wood along with the Skyline defense did just that winning its region for the second straight year. 

Skyline grinded out a 17-14 win over Red Mountain to improve to 4-0 in the region and 8-1 overall.  The victory was a conglomeration of production for the boys in green and black as Wood rushed for 180 yards on 31 carries, the offense controlled the time of possession (31:30-16:30), and the defense bent, but didn't break, forcing three turnovers - two inside the 10-yard line.

"It means a lot to our kids," Skyline head coach Angelo Paffumi said.  "They're starting to believe now that they're just as good as the other schools in our district."

The Coyotes stumbled out of the gate, going three-and-out on their initial possession and then a low punt hit one of the linemen.  Red Mountain (5-4 overall, 2-2 6A East Valley Region) immediately took advantage of the miscue as junior Lance Lawson broke a tackle, got around the right side and scored on a 20-yard run on the Mountain Lions' second play from scrimmage.  It was the eighth consecutive game that Lawson has scored a touchdown.

Red Mountain threatened to expand the early lead as quarterback Austin Duffy had a 31-yard run to put the Lions in scoring range at the 10-yard line.  But, a fumble (recovered by Alan Gomez) gave Skyline the big break it was looking for.

Quarterback TJ Duarte took the Coyotes 93 yards in an impressive 12-play drive that took nearly six minutes.  Pounding it out on the ground with runs from Wood, Duarte hit junior Darius Glover with a deep pass for a 49-yard gain.  Glover was covered, but outjumped the defender for the catch.  Skyline pulled out some trickery on this night and it worked as Duarte's pass to Glover was deliberately tipped to a streaking Wood, who charged into the end zone for the 19-yard scoring play to tie the game at 7.  The pass was Duarte's 10th touchdown toss of the season.

It was another clock-munching drive (4:29) that went 80 yards to give Skyline a 14-7 lead at the half.  Seven of the nine plays were runs including Wood's second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard plunge up the middle. 

"My line blocked amazing tonight," Wood, who found out he was handling the bulk of the running duties on Tuesday, said.  "Even when the play wasn't designed that way, I could bounce it and there'd be daylight there."

In the first half, Skyline outgained the Lions, 268-121.  The big offensive line of Ben Trujillo, Cyrus Crabtree, Brin Kortes, Dawson Hoyle, and Mitchell Krummenacher kept the drives long and SHS had a 17 minutes to 7 advantage in time of possession.

Prior to Friday, the most rushing attempts Wood had in a game was 14.

"I definitely prepared myself mentally and physically to take a heavier workload," Wood said.  "We run the ball.  That's what we do."

Still, despite the lopsided first-half numbers, Red Mountain was down by just one score.  The deficit evaporated midway through the third quarter when Lawson, who alternated at quarterback with Duffy, was on the receiving end of a 41-yard bomb after getting a step on the defender.  The TD throw was the 16th for Duffy this year (all in the past five games).

Skyline responded to the adversity with another long drive.  This time, the Coyotes converted on a pair of fourth down tries.  First, Duarte had an 11-yard scramble on fourth-and-four at the Red Mountain 38-yard line.  Then, on fourth-and-three from the 20, Paffumi reached into his bag of tricks again bringing in defensive tackle Kolo Uasike to catch a pass.  The 6-foot, 320-pounder did just that picking up eight yards and another first down.

"We only ran it once," Uasike said.  "I was thinking I needed to trust what the coaches said.  I was scared to be honest."

Finally, on fourth-and-long, the Coyotes resorted to Gomez, who booted a 27-yarder late in the third quarter for his fifth field goal of the season.

Red Mountain tried to answer back moving the ball on the ground, primarily with Lawson (14 carries, 86 yards) and reached a third-and-six situation from the Skyline 8-yard line.  But the Mountain Lions wouldn't get a chance for a game-tying field goal as Glover intercepted a pass in the end zone and brought it back to midfield.

"I'm kind of glad they decided to throw," Paffumi said.  "It gave us the chance to make a play."

The Lions were thwarted once again on their final drive as they attempted two runs in their final six plays despite having no time outs.  Finally, Red Mountain's fourth-down pass fell incomplete and the Coyotes celebrated on their home turf.

"We turned it over twice inside the 10-yard line," Red Mountain head coach Ron Wisniewski said.  "It was self-inflicted."

Skyline held Red Mountain to 104 yards of passing and logged two interceptions (Tait Brown also had one), a fumble recovery, and a sack by Cole Wells.  The Mountain Lions came in averaging 35 points per game.

The Coyotes, who entered the game ranked 5th, will finish the season at home next week against Dobson (5-4, 1-3).

For Red Mountain, it was yet another case of being close, but not close enough.  Over the past four years, the Lions are 3-14 in games decided by seven or fewer points (0-3 in 2016).  The offense should get going again next week in a home game for RMHS against Westwood (2-7, 0-4).  After that, it's a likely road game as the Mountain Lions were ranked 10th prior to this one.

"We need to work on finishing drives," Wisniewski said.  "It goes back to executing each individual play, doing your job, going through your read, and protecting the football."


Coyotes 17, Mountain Lions 14
  1 2 3 4 F
Red Mountain       7  0 7 0 14
Skyline       0 14 3 0 17

First Quarter:
RM - Lance Lawson 20 yard run (Justin Huffman kick), 10:01
Second Quarter:
Sky - Aaron Wood 19 yard pass from TJ Duarte (Alan Gomez kick), 11:15
Sky - Wood 1 yard run (Gomez kick), 4:51
Third Quarter:
RM - Lawson 41 yard pass from Austin Duffy (Huffman kick), 6:06
Sky - Gomez 27 yard FG, 0:12
Fourth Quarter:
No Scoring

PHOTO CAPTION:  A quartet of Skyline defenders including middle linebacker Jacob Scott (40 near left) converge on a Red Mountain ball carrier in Friday's game.  The Coyotes defeated RMHS 17-14 to clinch the 6A East Valley Region consisting of all six schools in the Mesa Public School District.  It was the 12th consecutive region victory for Skyline, who will host Dobson next week in the regular season finale.


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(per AIA/MaxPreps)

  School Section         Record Power Points Week 10 Game           
1. Mountain Pointe Central 9-0    22.2380 @ Gilbert
2. Chandler Premier 7-2    16.9137 @ Hamilton
3. Perry Premier 8-1    15.9000 @ Basha
4. Skyline East Valley 8-1    13.5823 vs. Dobson
5. Brophy Premier 7-3    12.3433 Bye
6. Hamilton Premier 6-3    11.7127 vs. Chandler
7. Mesa Mountain View East Valley 6-3    10.1219 @ Mesa
8. Westview Southwest 7-2      9.8549 @ Copper Canyon
9. Desert Ridge Central 6-3      9.6355 vs. Highland
10. Desert Vista Central 5-4      8.9660 @ Corona del Sol
11. Red Mountain East Valley 5-4      6.4651 vs. Westwood
12. Pinnacle Desert Valley 5-5      6.2081 @ Horizon
13. Tucson Southern 5-4      5.6780 @ Cibola
14. Valley Vista Southwest 6-3      5.2880 @ Millennium
15. Highland Central 3-6      4.0229 @ Desert Ridge
16. Corona del Sol Central 4-5      3.8688 vs. Desert Vista
17. Basha Premier 3-6      3.4917 vs. Perry
18. Boulder Creek Desert Valley 4-5      3.1960 @ Desert Mountain
19. Horizon Desert Valley 6-3      3.1012 vs. Pinnacle
20. Cibola Southern 6-3      2.4247 vs. Tucson
21. Millennium Southwest 4-5      1.9927 vs. Valley Vista
22. Cesar Chavez Metro 5-4      1.6647 vs. Alhambra
23. Dobson East Valley 5-4      0.8736 @ Skyline
24. Desert Mountain Desert Valley 3-6   -  0.1014 vs. Boulder Creek
25. Mesa East Valley 4-6   -  0.8923 vs. Mesa Mountain View
26. La Joya Southwest 4-5   -  1.5545 vs. Tolleson
27. Sunnyside Southern 3-6   -  2.2408 @ Kofa
28. Mountain Ridge Desert Valley 2-7   -  2.7466 vs. O'Connor
29. Tolleson Southwest 4-5   -  2.8548 @ La Joya
30. Alhambra Metro 6-3   -  3.4546 @ Cesar Chavez
31. Central Metro 5-4   -  3.8395 vs. Trevor Browne
32. O'Connor Desert Valley 1-8   -  4.5214 @ Mountain Ridge
33. Kofa Southern 5-4   -  4.7315 vs. Sunnyside
34. Gilbert Central 1-8   -  5.0672 vs. Mountain Pointe
35. Westwood East Valley 2-7   -  6.3498 @ Red Mountain
36. North Metro 4-5   -  6.7875 vs. Maryvale
37. Rincon Southern 3-6   -  7.5176 @ Marana
38. Copper Canyon Southwest 3-6   -  7.6260 vs. Westview
39. Maryvale Metro 4-5   -  7.8585 @ North
40. Trevor Browne Metro 1-8   -16.6540 @ Central

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 Week 10 Game       
1. Cienega Southern 9-0    19.7574 @ Marana Mountain View
2. Desert Edge Desert West 9-0    18.3617 vs. Verrado
3. Williams Field San Tan 9-0    15.1844 vs. Queen Creek
4. Queen Creek San Tan 8-1    13.7781 @ Williams Field
5. Ironwood Ridge Southern 7-2    13.1767 @ Sahuaro
6. Centennial Northwest 8-1    13.1689 @ Liberty
7. Marana Sonoran 7-2    10.7187 vs. Rincon
8. Marana Mountain View Southern 7-2      8.6630 vs. Cienega
x- Notre Dame Northeast Valley 7-2      8.5718 vs. Vista Grande
9. Mesquite San Tan 6-3      8.1767 @ Campo Verde
10. Kellis Metro 8-1      7.6662 @ Ironwood
11. Desert View Sonoran 7-2      6.5640 @ Poston Butte
12. Liberty Northwest 7-2      5.9009 vs. Centennial
13. Campo Verde San Tan 7-2      5.3256 vs. Mesquite
14. Flowing Wells Sonoran 5-4      3.6998 @ Cholla
15. Sunnyslope Metro 6-3      3.1859 vs. Apollo
16. Deer Valley Desert West 5-4      3.0924 vs. Goldwater
17. Verrado Desert West 6-3      2.7500 @ Desert Edge
18. Chaparral Northeast Valley 4-5      2.6300 vs. Arcadia
19. Fairfax Union 7-2      2.0833 vs. South Mountain
20. Sahuaro Southern 3-6      0.1900 vs. Ironwood Ridge
21. Maricopa Metro 4-5   -  0.2727 @ McClintock
22. Apollo Metro 4-5   -  0.3947 @ Sunnyslope
23. North Canyon Northeast Valley 5-4   -  2.1433 @ Paradise Valley
24. Arcadia Northeast Valley 2-7   -  2.7946 @ Chaparral
25. Poston Butte Sonoran 4-5   -  2.9351 vs. Desert View
26. Shadow Ridge Northwest 1-8   -  3.6095 vs. Sierra Linda
27. Willow Canyon Northwest 3-7   -  4.3536 Bye
28. Vista Grande San Tan 2-7   -  4.6622 @ Notre Dame
29. McClintock Metro 3-6   -  4.7152 vs. Maricopa
30. Paradise Valley Northeast Valley 2-7   -  5.0110 vs. North Canyon
31. Ironwood Metro 2-7   -  5.6134 vs. Kellis
32. Lake Havasu Desert West 3-6   -  6.1572 vs. Agua Fria
33. Glendale Union 5-4   -  7.6338 vs. Independence
34. Independence Union 3-6   -  8.8034 @ Glendale
35. Cholla Sonoran 1-8   -  8.8325 vs. Flowing Wells
36. Agua Fria Desert West 2-7   -  9.2091 @ Lake Havasu
37. Carl Hayden Union 3-6   -10.4828 @ Camelback
38. Buena Southern 0-9   -13.0938 vs. Nogales
39. Camelback Union 2-7   -13.4101 vs. Carl Hayden
40. Goldwater Desert West 1-8   -14.2558 @ Deer Valley
41. South Mountain Union 1-9   -17.0232 @ Fairfax
42. Sierra Linda Northwest 0-9   -18.7680 @ Shadow Ridge

x- Notre Dame Prep is on probation for holding padded practices and recruiting prospective players to its school and is ineligible for the 2016 playoffs.  It is currently pending an appeal.

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.