An undefeated football season is difficult to come by and 6A Conference teams have quickly fallen by the wayside in 2017.
Only two remain in Perry and Highland, both of which have started 4-0.
The fourth-ranked Pumas have No. 2 Chandler and No. 5 Hamilton on their region schedule, while the No. 6 ranked Hawks have No. 1 Mountain Pointe and No. 8 Desert Vista ahead.
It could very well mean for the fourth straight season Arizona’s big school division has gone without an undefeated state champion with the 2013 Pride being the last one to do it.
Since the start of the 2000 season four teams have pulled off the feat and since 1959 it has happened 22 times.
Here is the breakdown by decade:
1960s (4): Westwood (1964), Tucson (1965), St. Mary’s (1967), Central (1969).
1970s (7): Tucson (1970), Central (1972), Palo Verde (1973), Camelback (1974, including a tie), Coronado (1976), McClintock (1977), Amphitheater (1979).
1980s (3): Moon Valley (1982), Mountain View (1983), St. Mary’s (1985).
1990s (4): St. Mary’s (1995), Mountain View (1996-97), Desert Vista (1998).
2000s (2): Mountain View (2002), Hamilton (2009).
2010s (2): Hamilton (2010), Mountain Pointe (2013).
Apparently, the 1970s were reserved for dominant teams and since the number of perfect seasons has started to dwindle.
Is there more parity? More teams capable of winning a state title with more wide-spread talent? Or is it simply tough to bring a high-level of play for 14 straight weeks?
Probably a combination of all three and few more reasons mixed in the seasons. It means in all likelihood Perry and Highland will go down. It’s not a slight on them, just a matter of the gauntlet that’s ahead of them.
If not one of those teams will surge to the top of the rankings. Until then Mountain Pointe has taken over the top spot after beating No. 1 Chandler on Friday.
Those two squads flip-flopped in the rankings, while Pinnacle and Perry stayed at third and fourth, respectively. Hamilton is surging and now occupy the fifth spot, while the highest Mesa team is No. 7 Desert Ridge, which was just hammered by the Huskies.
- Mountain Pointe 2-1 (2 last week)
- Chandler 2-2 (1 last week)
- Pinnacle 3-1 (3)
- Perry 4-0 (4)
- Hamilton 3-1 (6)
- Highland 4-0 (8)
- Desert Ridge 2-1 (5)
- Desert Vista 2-1 (9)
- Mountain View 2-1 (7)
- Gilbert 2-1 (14)
- Red Mountain 1-2 (15)
- Cesar Chavez 1-2 (13)
- Desert Mountain 2-1 (11)
- Horizon 3-1 (-)
- Skyline 2-2 (10)
Dropped out: Basha
- Desert Ridge 2-1 (1) – Hung with Hamilton early then Jawhar Jordan shook loose for two long TD runs.
- Mountain View 2-1 (2) – Toros loss to No. 3 Pinnacle, and now host No. 1 Mountain Pointe.
- Red Mountain 1-2 (4) – The Mountain Lions can now take a deep breath, and play to potential.
- Skyline 2-2 (3) – The Coyotes look to be a notch below the teams of the past few years.
- Dobson 2-1 (5) – Got a rude awakening in a 48-0 lashing by Gilbert.
- Westwood 2-2 (7) – Tailback Derrick Horne had 202 yards rushing and a TD in victory.
- Mesa 1-3 (6) – Mesa defense needs to step up and play at the level of the Jackrabbit offense.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.