Talent, blurred lines make picking difficult
The All-Tribune football edition will be seen on these pages Sunday, and while it’ll never be flawless, there was no shortage of arguments over who reigns in the East Valley.
It started at the top with Player of the Year: Jalen Brown on both sides of the ball for Mountain Pointe in reaching its first state championship game in school history. Mark Andrews was freak of a receiver and kicker for Desert Mountain. Matt Guida was absurdly good for an already-good Queen Creek program which won its first state title under Joe Germaine.
It continued with Coach of the Year-caliber efforts. Germaine and the Bulldogs’ meteoric rise (and bright future). Brian Walker at Tempe High for the Buffaloes big tournaround from one combined win the past two seasons. Rex Bowser navigated an extremely delicate QB situation and led Seton Catholic to three playoff wins against White Mountain teams in Division IV. Steve Belles and staff kept Hamilton from falling off a proverbial cliff after an 0-2 start and won his fifth state championship.
Below those, how would Div. III kid fare against Div. V? Or vice versa? Who had a better season, a Queen Creek, Hamilton, Seton Catholic, Mountain Pointe or Desert Ridge? Or a team like Tempe which went from one to six wins?
You’re welcome to blame us for what’s good or bad, that’s part of the deal in doing these teams. In a complimentary way, we’re ready to blame the evolution of high school football in Arizona.