PHOENIX - Week Six of the high school football season provides some very exciting rivalry match-ups and games that will give fans plenty of action.
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No. 1 Mountain Pointe (6-0) at Desert Vista (3-2)
The annual Ahwatukee Bowl typically has intrigue, but this year, Mountain Pointe is so much better than the competition, Friday's game will not be filled with much intrigue. Granted, it's a rivalry game like no other, but unless Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds can find some very good transfers and get them eligible by Friday, this game will be over before it starts. The Pride from Mountain Pointe is that good!
No. 2 Queen Creek (5-0) at No. 3 Saguaro (4-1)
These two teams are clearly two of the best in state. The Bulldogs of Queen Creek boast one of the best defenses in the state while the Sabercats' powerful offense behind quarterback Luke Rubenzer and running back Christian Kirk will give them all they can handle. It's almost too bad that these two teams are meeting at the midway point because this could easily translate into the state title game in late November. While Saguaro's defense is equally talented, the Sabercats haven't seen an offense like Queen Creek's. The Bulldogs will pound the ball on the ground while Saguaro will air it out. This one should be an entertaining game to watch with the two contrasting styles.
No. 3 Hamilton (4-1) at No. 5 Chandler (3-2)
Like the Ahwatukee Bowl for Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista, this in-district rivalry is a great one! The only problem is, Hamilton has won every single game between these two teams. For the Chandler Wolves, it means 0-17. It has to be tough for the Wolves players to even think they have a shot against a team they've never beaten! But if there was a year that the Wolves should have high hopes, this might be the season. Hamilton coach Steve Bellis has had more injuries this year than he can remember ever having in any one season. Chandler has enough fire power on offense to make it a game, but can they get over the mental part of the game and actually believe they can beat Hamilton?
Red Mountain (1-4) at No. 10 Desert Mountain (2-3)
Desert Mountain may be the biggest disappointment in the state this season: two of the country's best Blue Chip recruits and a lot of hype, but the Wolves haven't been able to deliver. A huge meltdown on national television two weeks ago to Chaparral and then a lopsided loss last week to Horizon has Wolves fans wondering if this team can even make the playoffs. We will give Desert Mountain a bit of a break because the Wolves did lose WR Mark Andrews late in the Chaparral game and for all of last week's game. Desert Mountain also gets LB Blake Hutchings back, though it lost starting offensive lineman Coleman Martin to a season-ending knee injury.
No. 4 Marcos de Niza (4-1) at No. 6 Campo Verde (4-1)
Marcos de Niza is still stinging from a lopsided loss to Tucson Salpointe Catholic last Friday night, but won't have much of a chance to recover, as the Padres go on the road to take on a very strong Campo Verde team. Marcos quarterback Josh Eckley played last week but is still struggling with an ankle sprain. His effectiveness will be key for the Padres if they hope to get a road win against the Coyotes. Campo Verde quarterback Luke Pineda was hurt last week in a loss to Highland but is expected to start Friday against the Padres. The Wolves are off to a great start, but this is the best team they've played to date. If you live in the East Valley, this would be a fun game to watch!
Washington (3-2) at No. 6 Tempe (5-0)
There are two reasons to get to Tempe High School Friday night: Buffaloes quarterback Emanuel Gant and running back Kam'ron Johnson. Washington however, is on a three game winning streak with running back Antwaine Marlow carrying the majority of the load. For the record, Tempe won this game a year ago, 62-20, and the Buffs are clearly a better team this season!