The long wait is over.
Football is back!
With 1A-3A AZHS games kicking off Friday, August 18th, and 4A-6A starting the 25th, “Zone Read” reached out to a number of familiar names, and faces, to get a pulse of the storylines they’ll be following closely this fall.
This is the first of two “Zone Reads” focused on the 2023 season.
Let’s tee it up and blow the whistle.
I’ll kick things off.
The Basha Belief
Eric Sorenson – Sports360AZ – For years Basha served as the perfect mid-season region snack for Chandler, Hamilton, Perry, and Brophy.
Slowly head coach Chris McDonald changed the narrative for the program which ascended from a good team with an electric young quarterback in Demond Williams, Jr. to an Open Division Champion steeped with high-level Division I talent.
This fall the Bears must flip the script, moving from the hunters, to the hunted.
Basha doesn’t appear too concerned about wearing the bulls eye.
“We’re going to be an attack-first mentality,” McDonald said. “We’re not going to sit back. We’re going to be proactive about it. You guys saw the blueprint of what gets you there. We’re going to continue with our process.”
— Basha Gridiron (@bashagridiron) March 18, 2023
The schedule is loaded but Basha is built for the grind.
New Slingin’ Shamrock
Chris Eaton – Gridiron Arizona/ArizonaVarsity.com – Gonna take this one outside of the Valley for a Storyline to watch in 2023. It’s way out West at Yuma Catholic High.
Desert Vista Do Over
Claudia Collins – Sports360AZ – This fall I’m really looking forward to seeing Desert Vista Football rebuild under new head Scooter Molander.
— Jordan Spurgeon (@spurge_) May 23, 2023
This was the perfect hire for a program that desperately needed an accomplished coach and some consistency. Coming off a 3A State Championship at Eastmark. Molander means business. This team is motivated to rebuild and I think the Thunder is in good hands.
The Time is Now
Zach Alvira – East Valley Tribune, Sports360AZ -I think the storyline that has my attention the most comes out of north Scottsdale.
Can Desert Mountain break through to the Open and perhaps pull off an upset?
— Coach Conrad Hamilton (@coachconrad41) August 11, 2023