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State Championship

 

GAMES OF DEC. 2, 2017:

 5A Championship  
(4) Notre Dame 21
(2) Centennial     42

at U of A, Tucson

 

6A Championship  
(4) Perry 42
(3) Chandler     49

at U of A, Tucson

Friedman returns to Fridays

Deer Valley finds new head coach with experience in district

WEEKLY BLOG:  1/7/18

One door closed for Dan Friedman last month when he decided to leave his coaching position at Arizona Christian, one he has held since the Firestorm started its football program in 2014.

Another door opened as the reason for his departure from the North Phoenix NAIA university was to return to high school coaching.  Friedman, a Horizon graduate that has coached in the Valley for 32 years, was hired as head football coach at Deer Valley High School for the 2018 season."

Friedman takes over a Deer Valley program which finished 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the 5A Desert West Region last season under Eric Bolus.  Bolus, who also coaches track at DVHS, stepped down from his football position that he has held for the past five years.  The Skyhawks have missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons (13-17 record in that span).  Deer Valley has not held much of a tradition in football as the team is 6-14 all-time in the playoffs over its 37 seasons.

"Honestly, we need to build a foundation first," Friedman said in an e-mail interview.

His recipe for being a successful program has six components:

Creating a culture of "team first".
Instilling discipline and respect.
Holding kids accountable.
Teaching them the game of football.
Preparing, which is essential.
And loving them.  Letting the kids know that the coaches truly care about them.

This is Friedman's third head coaching stop, and all of them have been within the Deer Valley Unified School District.  He was at Goldwater from 2002-2006 and won a playoff game in '06 (ironically, against Deer Valley).  Since then, the Bulldogs have won just one other postseason game.  From there, he went to Boulder Creek in the first year that the school was an AIA member.  From 2007-2013, Friedman's record was 47-30 with playoff wins in 2008 and 2010.  Those are the only two playoff victories in the Jaguars' history.

He was at Arizona Christian as an assistant for the past four seasons.  In the last three of those, the Firestorm went 20-9 and won two conference titles.  Last season, Friedman was the slot receivers coach.

"I was looking for the right opportunity to get back and lead a high school football program," Friedman said.  "Deer Valley is a school in the district I have been teaching in for the past 16 years.  I know they always have athletic kids and their administration is incredibly supportive."

Friedman teaches Systematic Conditioning, Advanced Physical Education, and Team Sports at Boulder Creek.  He will have a teaching position at Deer Valley in August.

From being within the district, Friedman is knowledgable of the players he will soon be coaching.

"Seniors-to-be Dez Melton and Alex McKeon are two returning fantastic players that have a lot of varsity experience," Friedman said.  "They also have a lot of young talent in their current freshman class."

Melton had nine 100-yard games for the Skyhawks last season.  He rushed for 1,701 yards and scored 20 touchdowns.  His high game came in Week 2 against Mountain Ridge with 292 yards and four TDs in a 39-22 win.  That strong start propelled Melton to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.  McKeon is a 6-1, 225-pound linebacker that had 73 tackles and forced a pair of fumbles last season.

The primary quarterback last season was a senior, but William Haskell got to play in five games.  The freshman completed 28-of-39 passes (72 percent).  Another freshman, Sebastian Fiery, had 22 receptions for 220 yards.

On the defensive side, the leading tackler for the Skyhawks was junior outside linebacker Justin Quintero.  He had 84 tackles and a couple fumble recoveries.  Much of the defensive line will have to be replaced as 20 of the Skyhawks' 25 sacks last season were made by seniors.  Chase Sazone, a sophomore, had two sacks.  As a team, DVHS forced just 12 turnovers (four interceptions, eight fumbles).

The other part of the team that will have to be rebuilt is the offensive line.  Joey Ramos, who signed with Iowa State last month, led a senior-laden group up front along with Brandon McCrea, and Xavier Robinson-Delgado.  There aren't a lot of replacements on the current varsity roster as that was listed at just 37 players in 2017.

Despite being hired a few days before Christmas, Friedman has already put together some of his staff.  He has hired Anthony Paterno as his defensive coordinator and Shawn Wools as his offensive line coach.  Both were with Friedman at Boulder Creek.  CJ Morgan, who played for Friedman at Goldwater, will also be part of the staff.  Morgan teaches and has coached at Deer Valley the past five years.  Friedman is planning to meet and talk with some other coaches over the next couple of weeks.

While Friedman has coached for a while, he is constantly gaining knowledge and finding new ways of doing things.

"It's amazing, you never stop learning and growing as a coach," Friedman said.  "I was special teams coordinator my first two years at ACU, and really learned a lot about that phase of the game."

Friedman is looking forward to his next challenge and has aspirations of making Deer Valley a state title contender year in and year out.

"I'm really anxious and excited to get working," Friedman said.  "I think we have a really bright future ahead of us at Deer Valley!"


PHOTO CAPTION:  Deer Valley's locker room has touches of the unique sky blue that is one of the school's colors.  The school, located at 51st Avenue & Union Hills, opened its doors in 1980 with an initial enrollment of 750 students.  The Skyhawks played their first varsity season in 1981 and now have an enrollment of 1,740.  That number is down by about 100 from two years ago.  It's enough to drop DVHS from 5A to 4A, where the Skyhawks will compete in the West Valley Region with Cactus, Desert Edge, Lake Havasu, and Peoria in the next two seasons.

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GRIDIRON ARIZONA POWER POINTS - 2017

FINAL

(as per AIA/MaxPreps)

 

 
6A CONFERENCE
  School Section         Record Power Points Playoffs     
1. Mountain Pointe Central   10-3      14.5969 Semifinalist
2. Desert Ridge Central     9-2      14.4047 First Round
3. Chandler Premier   13-2      14.3999 STATE CHAMPION
4. Perry Premier   12-2      13.6470 Runner Up
5. Hamilton Premier     8-4      11.6462 Quarterfinalist
6. Pinnacle Desert Valley     9-4      10.3129 Quarterfinalist
7. Red Mountain East Valley   10-3        9.5836 Semifinalist
8. Highland Central     8-4        9.1414 Quarterfinalist
9. Desert Mountain Desert Valley     6-5        6.6934 First Round
10. Horizon Desert Valley     7-4        5.9280 First Round
11. Cesar Chavez Metro     7-4        4.7600 First Round
12. Skyline East Valley     6-5        4.3261 First Round
13. Boulder Creek Desert Valley     4-7        3.8813 First Round
14. Mesa Mountain View East Valley     6-5        3.8128 First Round
15. Desert Vista Central     5-5        3.6085  
16. Gilbert Central     4-6        1.5000  
17. Tucson Southern     4-6        1.1715  
18. O'Connor Desert Valley     3-7        0.4273  
19. Westview Southwest     6-6     -  0.2879 Quarterfinalist
20. North Metro     7-3     -  0.8884  
21. Cibola Southern     5-6     -  1.1044 First Round
22. Millennium Southwest     4-6     -  1.2038  
23. Mesa East Valley     4-7     -  1.3884  
24. Basha Premier     2-8     -  1.6674  
25. Valley Vista Southwest     5-5     -  1.7386  
26. Westwood East Valley     4-6     -  1.9204  
27. Corona del Sol Central     2-8     -  2.0970  
28. Tolleson Southwest     5-5     -  3.1389  
29. Brophy Premier     1-9     -  3.5728  
30. Sunnyside Southern     3-7

    -  4.0574

 
31. Mountain Ridge Desert Valley     2-8     -  4.4204  
32. Copper Canyon Southwest     5-5     -  4.5076  
33. Central Metro     6-4     -  4.5130  
34. Dobson East Valley     3-7     -  4.5909  
35. Kofa Southern     3-6     -  5.9774  
36. Rincon Southern     3-7     -  7.2804  
37. La Joya Southwest     2-8     -11.1003  
38. Trevor Browne Metro     3-7     -11.7881  
39. Alhambra Metro     3-7     -12.1865  
40. Maryvale Metro     1-9     -16.8433  


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.  It utilizes an algorithm unable to be duplicated by Gridiron Arizona.  It includes leveraging the results of not only opponents, but also the opponents of those opponents.  Results from games against other conferences or out of state schools are included in the rankings.  To see the rankings for 1A, 2A, 3A, or 4A, visit: http://www.azpreps365.com/rankings/football/4a

 

5A CONFERENCE
  School Section         Record Power Points Playoffs   
1. Cienega Southern   12-1     19.3465 Semifinalist
2. Centennial Northwest   12-1     16.4703 STATE CHAMPION
3. Liberty Northwest   11-2     15.8689 Semifinalist
4. Notre Dame Northeast Valley   13-1     15.4050 Runner Up
5. Queen Creek San Tan   10-2     13.2070 Quarterfinalist
6. Ironwood Ridge Southern     8-4       8.8675 Quarterfinalist
7. Williams Field San Tan     7-4       8.6828 Quarterfinalist
8. Verrado Desert West     8-3       8.3039 First Round
9. Marana Sonoran     9-3       8.0991 Quarterfinalist 
10. Chaparral Northeast Valley     7-5       7.8323 First Round 
11. Apollo Metro     8-3       7.6002 First Round
12. Marana Mountain View Southern     7-4       7.3467 First Round
13. Desert Edge Desert West     7-4       6.8498 First Round 
14. Campo Verde San Tan     7-4       3.2746 First Round 
15. Kellis Metro     7-3       2.9032  
16. Sunnyslope Metro     6-5       2.8507 First Round
17. Maricopa Metro     6-4       2.5689  
18. McClintock Metro     6-4       2.5609  
19. Buena Southern     6-4       2.4963  
20. Sahuaro Southern     4-6       2.1705  
21. Deer Valley Desert West     5-5       1.8222  
22. Poston Butte Sonoran     6-4       1.0673  
23. Fairfax Union     7-4       0.4741 First Round
24. Mesquite San Tan     4-6       0.2274  
25. Paradise Valley Northeast Valley     4-6    -  0.3150  
26. Glendale Union     8-2    -  0.7867  
27. Goldwater Desert West     4-6    -  1.5475  
28. Willow Canyon Northwest     4-6    -  2.7024  
29. Flowing Wells Sonoran     3-7    -  3.2456  
30. Lake Havasu Desert West     4-6    -  3.4783  
31. Shadow Ridge Northwest     2-8    -  4.3935  
32. Cholla Sonoran     4-6    -  4.7681  
33. Desert View Sonoran     3-7    -  6.2407  
34. Ironwood Metro     2-8    -  6.5722  
35. Independence Union     3-7    -  6.7554  
36. South Mountain Union     5-5    -  7.3341  
37. North Canyon Northeast Valley     4-6    -  7.3863  
38. Agua Fria Desert West     1-9    -11.4889  
39. Camelback Union     3-7    -11.7448  
40. Arcadia Northeast Valley     0-10    -11.8404  
41. Vista Grande San Tan     0-10    -12.8768  
42. Carl Hayden Northwest     1-9    -17.0867  
43. Sierra Linda Union     0-9    -17.2343  

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.

Goldwater forfeited a Week Zero victory against North Canyon due to an ineligible player.  For record-keeping purposes on the site, North Canyon is awarded a win and Goldwater a loss.  The power points do not count the forfeited game when calculating the points.

The AIA works with Maxpreps in devising the power points formula.  It utilizes an algorithm unable to be duplicated by Gridiron Arizona.  It includes leveraging the results of not only opponents, but also the opponents of those opponents.  Results from games against other conferences or out of state schools are included in the rankings.  To see the rankings for 1A, 2A, 3A, or 4A, visit: http://www.azpreps365.com/rankings/football/4a

 

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