Richard Obert's top high school football games - Week 9

Richard Obert's top high school football games - Week 9


Richard Obert's top high school football games - Week 9


Five stars

Show Low (8-0) at Lakeside Blue Ridge (9-0), 7 p.m.

Show Low should be the closest it has been to full strength since season’s start and will rely on defense and the running game to try to be the first to beat Blue Ridge since Show Low did so for the 2010 Class 3A championship.

Scottsdale Desert Mountain (7-1) at Phoenix Pinnacle (7-1), 7 p.m.

Last year, Pinnnacle took a 21-0 lead in the fourth quarter, before Desert Mountain’s dynamic duo of quarterback Kyle Allen and receiver Mark Andrews got going and gave Pinnacle its first loss of the season. Allen has been nursing a back injury but should be ready to play. Andrews has 15 touchdown catches in what has been a monster junior season for the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder.

Phoenix Mountain Pointe (7-1) at Mesa Mountain View (6-2), 7 p.m.

Mountain Pointe needed crisp practices after a 70-0 win over Yuma Kofa to be ready for one of the hottest Division I teams in the state. Mountain View has won six in a row since starting the season 0-2 and is coming off an impressive win over another hot team, Gilbert Highland.

Four stars

Chandler Basha (6-2) at Chandler Hamilton (6-2), 7 p.m.

Great offense against great defense in this Division I matchup with marquee players going head-to-head. All-Arizona cornerback Cole Luke will try to lock down Basha speedy slow receiver Nate Phillips, who has committed to Arizona.

Scottsdale Chaparral (5-3) at Phoenix Horizon (7-1), 7 p.m.

Chaparral’s defense could return two linebackers, who have been out most of the season with injuries. It will have to be close to full strength, especially with the chance that quarterback Victor Quinn could be back from a collarbone fracture. Three-time defending champion Chaparral may need to win this to prevent next week’s showdown with Scottsdale Saguaro from being a do-or-die to make the D.II playoffs.

Chandler Seton Catholic (7-1) at Tempe (6-2), 7 p.m.

Seton QB Ryan Bresnahan should be getting close to returning to playing in a game after suffering a broken bone in his throwing hand early in the season. But Seton has been rolling with 6-foot-4 QB David Gesicki completing 70 of 92 passes for 1,045 yards and 17 touchdowns and no interceptions. Tempe counters with sophomore QB Emanuel Gant, who passed for 493 yards and five TDs in last week’s win over Phoenix Arcadia.

Three stars

Thatcher (7-1) at Eagar Round Valley (3-5), 7 p.m.

Despite a losing record, Round Valley has playoff life at No. 17 in the Division V seedings. Round Valley’s difficult schedule (losses to D.IV powers Blue Ridge, Show Low and Snowflake) should have it prepared for Thatcher and QB Presley Motes.

Cottonwood Mingus (6-2) at Snowflake (6-2), 7 p.m.

Mingus should be ready for the speed of Snowflake after losing to D.II playoff contender Prescott last week. Mingus’ only other loss was by three points early in the season to Blue Ridge, a team Snowflake lost to 50-0.

Kayenta Monument Valley (8-0) at Winslow (6-2), 7 p.m.

Monument Valley can tie a school record for wins in a season. Winslow will have to try to slow down a dynamic passing game, led by junior QB Redmond Delmar, who has more than 1,600 yards and 20 touchdown passing.

Cave Creek Cactus Shadows (2-6) at Paradise Valley (5-3), 7 p.m.

Paradise Valley, trying to keep its D. III playoff hopes alive, doesn’t want to see Cactus Shadows celebrating an individual state record on its field. Cactus Shadows senior QB Bryce Kinsler is 249 yards away from breaking the state’s all-time passing yardage record of 8,517. Last year, Kinsler threw for 348 yards in a close win over PV. PV has the state’s top passer this season in senior Ryan Finley.

Gilbert Campo Verde (6-2) at Queen Creek (8-0), 7 p.m.

Junior running back Matt Guida, averaging nearly 18 yards a carry, will try to help Queen Creek from overlooking a team on a four-game winning streak to next week’s big showdown with unbeaten Williams Field.


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