Division III, Section IV
The teams: Bullhead City Mohave, Cottonwood Mingus, Kingman, Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain, Flagstaff Coconino, Flagstaff, Prescott.
The favorite: Flagstaff. Motivated by not getting into the playoffs, despite an 8-2 record last season.
The challenger: Prescott. Coach Cody Collett has a good thing going and should be able to absorb the loss of RB Brady Mengarelli, who ran for nearly 2,000 yards last season.
The dark horse: Bradshaw Mountain. A new coach with a strong coaching pedigree should infuse success.
The intrigue: Skylor Clinton, who will play quarterback, linebacker and defensive back, transferred into Prescott from rival Bradshaw Mountain. … New Bradshaw Mountain coach Jared Woodruff’s grandfather is former University of Washington coach Don James. Woodruff calls this a “rebuilding project” with some of whom he counted on for senior leadership are either ineligible or suspended for the start of the season. … Flagstaff returns all of its key skill players from an offense that scored 33 points a game. … Coconino missed out on the playoffs despite a winning record (6-4). … Mingus moves up a division after reaching the Division IV quarterfinals, where it lost to eventual champion Chandler Seton Catholic 28-21. … Rod Holmes comes in as Mohave’s new coach after the team went 4-6 last season.
Players to watch: Damian Alarcon, Sr., QB/DB, Coconino; Skyler Burgess, Sr., WR/DB, Kingman; Augie Espinoza, Sr., WR, Bradshaw Mountain; Nick Huntley, Sr., WR, Bradshaw Mountain; Sterling Johnson, Sr., LB, Prescott; Zach Brey, Sr., LB, Mohave; Ray Crank, Jr., RB, Coconino; Dakota Hanks, Sr., RB/DB, Mingus; Brennan Kitchen, Sr., RB/DB, Mingus; Nick Ondrejech, Sr., LB, Flagstaff; Joseph Scott, Sr., WR, Kingman; Jared Tiefenthaler, Sr., DL, Prescott; Travis Walters, Sr., WR/DB, Coconino; Kyler White, Sr., WR, Mohave; Kyle Wilson, Sr., QB, Flagstaff.