Hamilton v Chandler Still the Best Rivalry Game in Arizona

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Just because Hamilton and Chandler have lost a couple of games this season, doesn’t mean that Fridays “Battle for Arizona Ave.” rivalry game isn’t just as important as years past. cvqhmusuaaa82ruI had the pleasure of being on stage with both head coaches earlier this week for the annual Kickoff Luncheon in Downtown Chandler. Steve Belles and Shaun Aguano have won a lot of football games through the years and the two have the ability to take a team to the big schools title game(though Mtn. Pointe would say “no way”). The game is obviously important for both schools, but I think there is probably more urgency over on the Hamilton sidelines to come away with a W. The Huskies lost to Perry for the first time in school history last Friday night. A loss to the Wolves would send Hamilton into the postseason with two straight defeats and probably some sagging shoulders. I respect both coaches and their programs. To me, there is not a greater rivalry in the State than this one. We don’t see St. Marys v Brophy or Saguaro v Chap anymore. I’m sure those of you who are going to Liberty v Centennial game on Friday night would disagree with me, but these are two of the high schools in my backyard.