High School Football Sections Projections: Division I, Section 3

The Teams:

Desert Mountain Wolves: Projected record: 9-1 (section: 5-0)

Desert Ridge Jaguars: Projected record: 8-2 (section: 4-1)

Mesa Jackrabbits: Projected record: 4-6 (section: 1-4)

Mesa Mountain View Toros: Projected record: 5-5 (section: 2-3)

Red Mountain Mountain Lions: Projected record: 5-5 (section 3-2)

Skyline Coyotes: Projected record: Projected record: 3-7 (section: 0-5)


The Favorite:

Desert Mountain Wolves: Returning the best quarterback and wide receiver duo in the state and one of the best in the whole west coast. Texas A&M commit Kyle Allen and Oklahoma commit Mark Andrews connected 81 times for just under 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns. Transferring in from Chaparral is another impact receiver in Gary McKayΒ  who plays on both sides of the ball and also will get good production from running back Adam Cooper. On defense they return second leading tackler from 2012, Greg Frasco, who had 133 total tackles and 6.5 sacks. If you can find a way to contain the Wolves offense attack you may have a shot, if not, you’re in for a long evening.


The Darkhorse:

Desert Ridge Jaguars: Keep October 25th open on your calendar. That is when the Jags and the Wolves face off in Mesa and it should be a great game. Desert Ridge brings back quarterback Tarek Morrison who bursted onto the scene last season as a sophomore tallying just under 1,600 all purpose yards. He is an impact player and one of the top juniors in the state along with his twin brother Taren Morrison at running back. Fellow ball carrier Danny Siaumau who will also get more reps at running back this season after J.J. Husar graduated.. The Jags also return their leading tackler from a year ago in line backer Amoni Itaaehau. They are a bruising team in the trenches on both sides of the ball and will be a force to be reckoned with this season.


Preseason All-Section 3 team:

QB: Kyle Allen, Desert Mountain

RB: Francisco Avitia, Skyline

RB: Danny Siaumau, Desert Ridge

WR: Mark Andrews, Desert Mountain

WR: Clark Brown, Mountain View

WR: Gary McKay, Desert Mountain

TE: Diego Hernandez, Red Mountain

OL: Chris Alicea, Red Mountain

OL: Calvin Jennings, Mountain View

OL: Andres Mariani, Desert Mountain

OL: Coleman Martin, Desert Mountain

OL: Justin Leeper, Desert Ridge


DL: Michael Barker, Mountain View

DL: Diego Hernandez, Red Mountain

DL: Samiuela Taueli, Mesa

DL: Tevita Taufa, Desert Ridge

LB: Conrad Burnap, Red Mountain

LB: Amoni Itaaehau, Desert Ridge

LB: Salvador Martinez, Skyline

DB: Dan Fedorka, Desert Mountain

DB: Connor Ispen, Mountain View

DB: Nathaniel Rodriguez, Desert Ridge

DB: Tanner Stewart, Mesa

K/P: Luis Bustillos, Mountain View