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Football: Week 3 schedule, predictions

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Mountain View junior linebacker Jeremiah Hollen pursues Valley Vista sophomore tailback Aiden Cunningham during Thursday's season opener in Surprise. (Ralph Amsden/Arizonavarsity.com)

“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)

Thursday

Mountain Pointe vs. Chaminade (Calif)

Friday

Outside linebacker Bishen Foster Jr. (3) of Mesa grabs Nate Montague (51) of Mesa during the high school football game between Mesa and Mesquite at Mesa High School on Aug. 18. (Billy Hardiman/MyNewsMesa.com)

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 jskoda@mynewsmesa.com.

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