The first week, albeit zero week officially, of football brought some insight.
Chandler looked to be a surefire No. 1 after going up 35 points in the first half against then No. 4 Red Mountain.
The Mountain Lions did their part in helping the Wolves look elite, but the Chandler defense was fast and furious – led by linebacker Zach Bowers.
Perry looked just as impressive from all the glowing tweets and stories about Brock Purdy and his aerial brigade. Unfortunately, with the new coverage area, seeing the Pumas in person will be tough until the playoffs.
Pinnacle, which moved up one spot from fifth to fourth, put on a show up north as well making the top four pretty solidified.
From there it is a bit wonky.
Red Mountain was hammered, but there were enough glimpses of solid play to keep them in the top five, with a healthy Lance Lawson (ankle), when the Mountain Lions face Hamilton after a week off.
Basha and Desert Mountain enter the rankings at No. 11 and No. 14, respectively. Leaving Basha off the list last week was an oversight. Should have been there to start, and Desert Mountain was impressive in beating Chaparral.
It means two teams had to go – Cesar Chavez, which lost to Queen Creek, and Boulder Creek, which lost by two touchdowns to Hamilton.
The rest essentially stayed the same because the result was expected or haven’t played yet.
That changes this week.
Every team will have a game, a result, to begin the trail of DNA that breathes life – or death in some cases – into the 2017 season.
Here is the second set of MyNewsMesa.com 6A Conference rankings:
- Chandler (1 last week)
- Mountain Pointe (2)
- Perry (3)
- Pinnacle (5)
- Red Mountain (4)
- Skyline (6)
- Desert Ridge (7)
- Hamilton (9)
- Desert Vista (8)
- Mountain View (10)
- Basha (-)
- Highland (15)
- Brophy (12)
- Desert Mountain (-)
- Westview (11)
The Mesa Seven
- Red Mountain (1) – Trusting the process here; the Lions have two weeks to prepare for Hamilton.
- Desert Ridge (2) – The Jags open at Brophy, which is never an easy place to stay.
- Skyline (3) – Beat a team it was supposed to, and did so convincingly.
- Mountain View (4) – Thursday night road trip to Surprise to open the season.
- Mesa (5) – Special teams’ gaffs made loss to Mesquite worse than it looked.
- Dobson (6) – Headed to Tucson to a face a team – Rincon – that lost 58-0 last week.
- Westwood (7) – Based on scores alone, Warriors more competitive against Skyline than 2016.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to email@example.com.