“Fake news” has become a phrase that has become ingrained in the daily American lexicon.
For better or worse, it is here to stay.
The same can’t be said for all the undefeated teams in the 6A Conference through two weeks.
Twelve teams are undefeated, including five that enter this week at 2-0. The early portion of the schedule can be a little soft or hard to gauge because the opponent was from the 5A or a weaker 6A region.
On the other side of that there are some quality teams that are winless in the early going because of a difficult schedule.
It means there some “fake” records out there as the third week of the season approaches.
“We have to get after it,” Mesa coach Kap Sikahema said. “We are better than our record shows. We just need that one win to kick start it.”
Maybe so, but the season will be a month old before long and by then teams start becoming what the records state and the “fake news” begins to fade away.
Corona del Sol (1-1) at Mesa Mountain View (1-0)
Mountain View was impressive in the opener, especially the defense led by Jeremiah Hollen, in taking care of Valley Vista.
The Aztecs rebounded from a first-game loss with a big win over La Joya, but it was an expected win so the jury is still out on where Corona stands in 2017.
The Toros are expected to take a step forward after winning seven games a year ago, and beating teams like Corona del Sol must happen without much push back.
Mountain View 34, Corona del Sol 21
Hamilton (1-1) at Red Mountain (0-1)
There was a heap of expectations placed on Red Mountain over the offseason.
A win over Hamilton, even this version of the Huskies, would show the Mountain Lions just might be the top three team most projected.
It helps to have Lance Lawson making his season debut along with having two weeks to prepare for Hamilton, which is 9-0 against Red Mountain since 2004.
The Huskies are coming off a somewhat surprising 41-28 loss to 5A Queen Creek. It might be the first sign that the transfers have weakened depth and the negativity that has surrounded the program since February is taking a toll.
Or it just be a continuation of last year’s fall from dominance.
Either way if Red Mountain is to be taken serious as a contender a win here is a must.
Red Mountain 28, Hamilton 17
6A Conference schedule (predicted winner in bold)
Mountain Pointe vs. Chaminade (Calif)
Tucson at Desert Ridge
Dobson at Central
Copper Canyon at Mesa
Valley Vista at Skyline
Perry at Westwood
Tolleson at Aqua Fria
Desert Vista at Basha
Sunnyside at Buena
Maryvale at Camelback
Gilbert at Campo Verde
Highland at Cesar Chavez
Paradise Valley at Horizon
Alhambra at La Joya
Verrado at Millennium
Deer Valley at Mountain Ridge
Rincon at Marana Mountain View
South Mountain at North
Desert Mountain at Notre Dame
Chandler at Pinnacle
Cibola at Southwest (Calif)
Carl Hayden at Trevor Browne
Brophy at Westview
Last week: 14-9 (61 percent). Season total: 26-14 (.650)
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.