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GAME OF AUG. 17, 2017:

   
Nogales 16
at Sunnyside     36

 

GAMES OF AUG. 18, 2017:

   
Corona del Sol 13
at Highland     29

 

   
Perry 49
at Desert Vista     17

 

   
Mountain Pointe 46
at O'Connor      6

 

   
Hamilton 42
at Boulder Creek     28

 

   
Chaparral 27
at Desert Mountain     28

 

   
Horizon 43
at Cibola      7

 

   
Mesquite 32
at Mesa      6

 

   
Red Mountain 14
at Chandler     42

 

   
Westwood 14
at Skyline     52

 

   
Cesar Chavez 21
at Queen Creek     27

 

   
South Mountain 34
at Maryvale      7

 

   
Kofa 35
at Trevor Browne     24

 

   
Basha 27
at Westview     20

 

   
Pueblo 58
at Rincon      0

 

   
Tucson 29
at Buena     12

 

   
Campo Verde 48
at Agua Fria     12

 

   
Desert Edge 0
at Centennial     49

 

   
North Canyon 19
at Goldwater     52

 

   
Verrado 54
at Paradise Valley     28

 

   
Willow Canyon 13
at Maricopa     45

 

   
Arcadia 0
at Williams Field     68

 

   
Notre Dame 40
at Shadow Ridge     10

 

   
Cholla 59
at Douglas     28

 

   
Ironwood Ridge 42
at Marana     35

 

   
Fairfax 43
at Camelback     21

 

GAME OF AUG. 19, 2017:

   
Pinnacle  
Brophy       

(Game @ Coconino HS in Flagstaff)


GAME OF AUG. 24, 2017:

Mesa Mtn View at Valley Vista
 

GAMES OF AUG. 25, 2017:

La Joya at Corona del Sol
Mesquite at Gilbert
Highland at Skyline
Boulder Creek at Liberty
Mesa at Desert Mountain
Horizon at Chaparral
Mountain Ridge at Tucson
Tolleson at O'Connor
Pinnacle at Basha
Dobson at Rincon
Westwood at Copper Canyon
Central at Fairfax
Camelback at North
Trevor Browne at South Mtn
Queen Creek at Hamilton
Perry at Millennium
Imperial (CA) at Cibola
Kofa at Central (CA)
Sunnyside at Pueblo
Agua Fria at Washington
Williams Field at Deer Valley
Desert Edge at Notre Dame
Goldwater at Poston Butte
Arcadia at Verrado
Centennial at Apollo
Ironwood at Campo Verde
Kellis at Shadow Ridge
Maricopa at Paradise Valley
McClintock at Vista Grande
Ironwood Ridge at Sunnyslope
Sierra Linda at North Canyon
Amphitheater at Cholla
Desert View at Palo Verde
Buena at Flowing Wells
Cienega at Marana
Salpointe at Marana Mtn View
Sabino at Sahuaro
Cortez at Glendale
Greenway at Independence
Carl Hayden at Alhambra
Desert Ridge vs. Brophy (@ Central)


GAMES OF AUG. 26, 2017:

Lake Havasu vs. Willow Can.
(Game @ NAU in Flagstaff)

IMG Academy (FL) at Chandler

McClintock: Pride, Poise, Team

Chargers' coach Smith ready for first HC job

WEEKLY BLOG:  8/13/17

McClintock football has a rich history.  The Tempe school opened in 1965 with legendary Karl Kiefer at the helm and in his 26 years with the Chargers, the Red & Blue took home titles in 1977, 1980, and 1989.

But that is in the past.  All of the players on the current MHS roster were about a decade from being born.  Progress has become stagnant.  The last playoff game for the Chargers took place back in 2009 (during a 4-7 season).  Since then, the once proud program is 20-50 with no winning seasons in those seven years (3-7 in 2016).  And it's happened under three different head coaches.

So, some new blood was brought in to try and inject a little more excitement to boost Charger Pride.  The new coach, Corbin Smith, was hired in January and had most his staff in place by the time spring ball began in early May.  Smith is the son of Larry Smith, who served 24 seasons as a collegiate head coach at Tulane, Arizona, USC, and Missouri.  

This is the first head coaching job for the younger Smith, who has been an assistant coach for 17 years.  Most recently, he was the offensive coordinator at Mesquite on the Jim Jones staff in 2015.  Last year, he worked with Mesa Community College while enjoying his son Preston's senior year at Mesquite.  Preston signed a football scholarship with Weber State in February.

As for this year's Charger staff, Smith will call the plays and his offensive coordinator has deep McClintock ties.  Chris Colter, who was retained from the previous coaching staff, was an All-State defensive back on the 1989 5A (big-school) state champions.  The defensive coordinator is Zach Griffin, who has been in that same position for the last four years at Mountain Pointe, a fellow Tempe Union District school.

The excitement in the school has begun as the McClintock Zoo Krew has come out with the themes for the Charger students to wear each Friday night to support the team.  For example, the home opener on Sept. 8 is a ''USA-out" with fans wearing patriotic colors for the game taking place close to 9/11.

Taking a look at that team on the field, junior Cordell Colter (Chris' son) will start at quarterback.  The 5-11, 185-pound signal caller ended last season as the starter.  Colter has a big-play receiver to look for downfield with Jerone Davison.  Smith called Davison (6-1, 165) his "most athletic player".

One of the things Smith has implemented is changing formations on the fly as the coaches spot mismatches.  With the call of a single word, players can swap positions from the slot to outside and still be ready to run the play.  This comes from practicing with players in different positions.

As for the running game, Tyrese Green returns for his senior year after compiling 2,000 all-purpose yards last year.  The dynamic player plays longer than his listed 5-8 height.  The speed at the running back and wide receiver positions is the strength of the Charger offense.  But, there's speed in other areas, too.

"Our offensive line has a long way to go," Smith said.  "But, they're quick and fast.  We don't have kids that are 6-3 and 280 pounds, but they can play with leverage."

Defensively, the team will be an experienced unit.  Smith said the Chargers have both safeties back, one of two corners, and pretty much all of the linebackers.  With the strength in numbers at linebacker, junior Keyon Lindsey has been moved to defensive end.  The defensive line will be anchored by junior DE Quincy Singleton.

The team has been getting up to speed with a new defensive system and is able to start plays from a variety of formations.

"We have the ability to run a 3-4, 3-3, 4-2, or 4-3," Smith said.  "The gap assignments don't change much."

Smith has seen what he called "night-and-day" progress since the first day of official practices at the end of July.  His team will be tested this Wednesday with a scrimmage at 4A-contender Higley in a three-way scrimmage with 6A-school Gilbert (and Purdue-bound Jack Plummer).  Getting meaningful reps against those two teams will help when McClintock faces the teams on its 5A Metro Region schedule.

"The big part to turning this program around is changing the culture," Smith said.  "The biggest thing is learning how to work and how to practice."

In the practices at MHS, the players go non-stop.  They sprint everywhere.  Kids aren't standing around, they get designated team water breaks, but they are constantly in motion.

The Chargers plan to play no-huddle and go fast.  And it's not just offense.  On the D, the players are chasing the ball carrier down the field and sprinting to the ball.

The team has taken on the mantra of PPT - Pride, Poise, Team.  All that's left is the players to buy in totally to what this veteran coaching staff is trying to do.  And everyone will see how that is working out on Friday nights under the lights.

"(The most important thing) is to be sound fundamentally," Smith said.  "Be where you're supposed to be and we will put ourselves in position to be in every ball game."

The team is athletic and the numbers are up.  The question that will be answered this fall is "Can they execute?".  Fortunately for the Chargers, the team plays in the Metro Region, which doesn't have a 5A super-team like Centennial, Williams Field, Queen Creek, or Desert Edge.  Kellis, Apollo, and Sunnyslope seem to be the contenders for the league title.  Kellis went 9-2 last season, lost most of its offense, but returns Josiah Bailey.  Apollo has an experienced QB in Frank Sanchez and also brings back O-linemen with plenty of game reps.  Sunnyslope (7-3 last year) returns six starters, including disruptive DL Bub Dixon.

McClintock will play its first two games on the road, opening on Aug. 25 in Casa Grande against Vista Grande HS.  The following week will bring a trip further south to Marana to take on the Tigers, last year's Sonoran Region champs.


PHOTO CAPTION:  It's just days before the start of the season.  First and 10 and 0-0 for every team in the state.  McClintock will play the first of its five home games on Sept. 8 against Campo Verde.  Last year, CVHS piled up 269 yards on the ground in a 35-7 victory.  The stadium is named for Jim Lyons, a former administrator at MHS.  McClintock HS is named after James McClintock, who commanded troops for Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders.  During the Spanish-American War (1898), the Rough Riders became known as Chargers for the way they went into battle.  McClintock later settled in the Valley and was a major player in the development of the city and was appointed the postmaster of Phoenix.

 

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GRIDIRON ARIZONA POWER POINTS - 2017

 
6A CONFERENCE
  School Section         Record Power Points First Game      
1. Alhambra Metro   0-0      0.0000 vs. Carl Hayden (8/25)
1. Basha Premier   0-0      0.0000 @ Westview (8/18)
1. Boulder Creek Desert Valley   0-0      0.0000 vs. Hamilton (8/18)
1. Brophy Premier   0-0      0.0000 vs. Pinnacle (8/19)
1. Central Metro   0-0      0.0000 @ Fairfax (8/25)
1. Cesar Chavez Metro   0-0      0.0000 @ Queen Creek (8/18)
1. Chandler Premier   0-0      0.0000 vs. Red Mountain (8/18)
1. Cibola Southern   0-0      0.0000 vs. Horizon (8/18)
1. Copper Canyon Southwest   0-0      0.0000 vs. Westwood (8/25)
1. Corona del Sol Central   0-0      0.0000 @ Highland (8/18)
1. Desert Mountain Desert Valley   0-0      0.0000 vs. Chaparral (8/18)
1. Desert Ridge Central   0-0      0.0000 @ Brophy (8/25)
1. Desert Vista Central   0-0      0.0000 vs. Perry (8/18)
1. Dobson East Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Rincon (8/25)
1. Gilbert Central   0-0      0.0000 vs. Mesquite (8/25)
1. Hamilton Premier   0-0      0.0000 @ Boulder Creek (8/18)
1. Highland Central   0-0      0.0000 vs. Corona del Sol (8/18)
1. Horizon Desert Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Cibola (8/18)
1. Kofa Southern   0-0      0.0000 @ Trevor Browne (8/18)
1. La Joya Southwest   0-0      0.0000 @ Corona del Sol (8/25)
1. Maryvale Metro   0-0      0.0000 vs. South Mountain (8/18)
1. Mesa East Valley   0-0      0.0000 vs. Mesquite (8/18)
1. Millennium Southwest   0-0      0.0000 vs. Perry (8/25)
1. Mountain Pointe Central   0-0      0.0000 @ O'Connor (8/18)
1. Mountain Ridge Desert Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Tucson (8/25)
1. Mesa Mountain View East Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Valley Vista (8/24)
1. North Metro   0-0      0.0000 vs. Camelback (8/25)
1. O'Connor Desert Valley   0-0      0.0000 vs. Mountain Pointe (8/18)
1. Perry Premier   0-0      0.0000 @ Desert Vista (8/18)
1. Pinnacle Desert Valley   0-0      0.0000 vs. Brophy (8/19)
1. Red Mountain East Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Chandler (8/18)
1. Rincon Southern   0-0      0.0000 vs. Pueblo (8/18)
1. Skyline East Valley   0-0      0.0000 vs. Westwood (8/18)
1. Sunnyside Southern   0-0      0.0000 vs. Nogales (8/17)
1. Tolleson Southwest   0-0      0.0000 @ O'Connor (8/25)
1. Trevor Browne Metro   0-0      0.0000 vs. Kofa (8/18)
1. Tucson Southern   0-0      0.0000 @ Buena (8/18)
1. Valley Vista Southwest   0-0      0.0000 vs. Mesa Mountain View (8/24)
1. Westview Southwest   0-0      0.0000 vs. Basha (8/18)
1. Westwood East Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Skyline (8/18)


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 first official update won't come until after Week 5.  For the first few weeks of the season, we'll bring back the old 2009 formula just to give people an idea of where the teams stand.

 

5A CONFERENCE
  School Section         Record Power Points First Game    
1. Agua Fria Desert West   0-0      0.0000 vs. Campo Verde (8/18)
1. Apollo Metro   0-0      0.0000 vs. Centennial (8/25)
1. Arcadia Northeast Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Williams Field (8/18)
1. Buena Southern   0-0      0.0000 vs. Tucson (8/18)
1. Camelback Union   0-0      0.0000 vs. Fairfax (8/18)
1. Campo Verde San Tan   0-0      0.0000 @ Agua Fria (8/18)
1. Carl Hayden Union   0-0      0.0000 @ Alhambra (8/25)
1. Centennial Northwest   0-0      0.0000 vs. Desert Edge (8/18)
1. Chaparral Northeast Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Desert Mountain (8/18)
1. Cholla Sonoran   0-0      0.0000 @ Douglas (8/18) 
1. Cienega Southern   0-0      0.0000 @ Marana (8/25)
1. Deer Valley Desert West   0-0      0.0000 vs. Williams Field (8/25)
1. Desert Edge Desert West   0-0      0.0000 @ Centennial (8/18)
1. Desert View Sonoran   0-0      0.0000 @ Palo Verde (8/25)
1. Fairfax Union   0-0      0.0000 @ Camelback (8/18)
1. Flowing Wells Sonoran   0-0      0.0000 vs. Buena (8/25)
1. Glendale Union   0-0      0.0000 vs. Cortez (8/25)
1. Goldwater Desert West   0-0      0.0000 vs. North Canyon (8/18)
1. Independence Union   0-0      0.0000 vs. Greenway (8/25)
1. Ironwood Metro   0-0      0.0000 @ Campo Verde (8/25)
1. Ironwood Ridge Southern   0-0      0.0000 @ Marana (8/18)
1. Kellis Metro   0-0      0.0000 @ Shadow Ridge (8/25)
1. Lake Havasu Desert West   0-0      0.0000 vs. Willow Canyon (8/26)
1. Liberty Northwest   0-0      0.0000 vs. Boulder Creek (8/25)
1. Marana Sonoran   0-0      0.0000 vs. Ironwood Ridge (8/18)
1. Maricopa Metro   0-0      0.0000 vs. Willow Canyon (8/18) 
1. McClintock Metro   0-0      0.0000 @ Vista Grande (8/25) 
1. Mesquite San Tan   0-0      0.0000 @ Mesa (8/18)
1. Marana Mountain View Southern   0-0      0.0000 vs. Salpointe (8/25)
1. North Canyon Northeast Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Goldwater (8/18) 
1. Notre Dame Northeast Valley   0-0      0.0000 @ Shadow Ridge (8/18) 
1. Paradise Valley Northeast Valley   0-0      0.0000 vs. Verrado (8/18)
1. Poston Butte Sonoran   0-0      0.0000 vs. Goldwater (8/25)
1. Queen Creek San Tan   0-0      0.0000 vs. Cesar Chavez (8/18)
1. Sahuaro Southern   0-0      0.0000 vs. Sabino (8/25)
1. Shadow Ridge Northwest   0-0      0.0000 vs. Notre Dame (8/18)
1. Sierra Linda Northwest   0-0      0.0000 @ North Canyon (8/25)
1. South Mountain Union   0-0      0.0000 @ Maryvale (8/18)
1. Sunnyslope Metro   0-0      0.0000 vs. Ironwood Ridge (8/25)
1. Verrado Desert West   0-0      0.0000 @ Paradise Valley (8/18)
1. Vista Grande San Tan   0-0      0.0000 vs. McClintock (8/25)
1. Williams Field San Tan   0-0      0.0000 vs. Arcadia (8/18)
1. Willow Canyon Northwest   0-0      0.0000 @ Maricopa (8/18)

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 first official update won't come until after Week 5.  For the first few weeks of the season, we'll bring back the old 2009 formula just to give people an idea of where the teams stand.

 

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