With the season over, it’s time to take one last look at the final Super 10.
The best of the best in the state, regardless of division:
No. 1 Peoria Centennial Coyotes (1) 12-2
Best offensive and defensive lines in the state, this is where state championships are won. And Centennial rose to the top in the toughest division with its first Division I title and fifth overall.
No. 2 Chandler Wolves (3) 11-2
They couldn’t overcome Mesa Desert Ridge’s heart in a 24-21 Division I semifinal loss, but they did hand Chandler Hamilton its only regular-season loss, and lost their only other game to national power Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.
No. 3 Chandler Hamilton Huskies (4) 10-2
They gave Centennial its toughest game in the playoffs, before giving up 27 straight points in the final eight minutes of the quarterfinals and bowing out in a 34-23 defeat.
No. 4 Phoenix Mountain Pointe Pride (5) 12-1
Was solid all year, beating Desert Ridge and Phoenix Brophy, before finding a possessed Centennial squad in the semifinals.
No. 5 Mesa Desert Ridge Jaguars (2) 11-3
Nobody was going to beat Centennial after its Hamilton comeback, and just couldn’t get on track offensively against the state’s best defense in the state final.
No. 6 Scottsdale Saguaro Sabercats (6) 12-2
Saguaro found a go-to tailback in Stone Matthews and let go-to receiver/defensive back Byron Murphy make plays in a 38-20 Division II championship win against Tempe Marcos de Niza.
No. 7 Scottsdale Chaparral Firebirds (9) 9-3
Among the top three defenses, no matter what level, when all said and done.
No. 8 Tempe Marcos de Niza (8) 12-3
Weakened in the defensive line in the state final after an injury to a key player, but had a couple of prime time players in Avery Sanders and Shaun Richards, who could star for anybody.
No. 9 Goodyear Desert Edge (9) 12-2
Was 11-0 with QB Tehran Thomas at the wheel, who was never more unstoppable than in the Division III final against Paradise Valley.
No. 10 Paradise Valley Trojans (9) 13-1
Came a sack and a missed long field-goal try in the closing seconds from their first state championship.
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