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Training camp set to start for Mesa football programs

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Skyline coach Angelo Paffumi address the Coyotes after they arrived in Round Valley for preseason camp. (Skyline football Twitter page)

The offseason, if it can be called that anymore, is over for area football programs as the regular season opener is just four Fridays away for four teams.

The other three Mesa-based schools wait another week before kicking off on Aug. 24 or 25.

Either way, the 2017 high school season is here as practice starts this week or next.

The ground work was set in the weight room since January, spring ball was a chance to pencil in the depth chart and talk about expectations and taking the show on the road for a trip up north or California was a chance to bond.

The foundation has been set for the seven 6A Conference football programs and it is time to see what can be accomplished once the huddle is broken and fingers get placed in the dirt.

Desert Ridge and Skyline have the longtime standing coaches in Jeremy Hathcock and Angelo Paffumi, respectively, but the other five programs have either a new coach (Dobson, Westwood and Red Mountain) or a coach about to begin his second season in charge of the program (Mountain View and Mesa).

The second go-around tends to go a little smoother as the changes made the previous year are now entrenched and the getting-to-know-phase is over and what the coach expects, wants and needs are known.

The feeling out process is over and everyone can go to work with a level or comfort and ease that isn’t always there when a new coaching staff takes over.

“Everything is just that much easier,” Mountain View second-year coach Mike Fell said during the summer. “There is less explaining and more coaching.”

The players are that much comfortable, too.

“We don’t have to make that first impression or have to figure where he wants us,” Toro junior linebacker and receiver Jeremiah Hollen said. “We can just go play.”

The next few weeks build up to wearing pads, solidifying starters and putting in a game plan for Week 1.

– Jason P. Skoda is a freelance writer for MyNewsMesa.com.

 

Schedules for each team:

Desert Ridge

Coach: Jeremy Hathcock, 12th season

Record last year: 8-4

Record last five years: 52-13

Record last 10 years: 93-21

Schedule

Aug. 25   Brophy

Sept. 1     Tucson

Sept. 8     at Hamilton

Sept. 15   Mesa

Sept. 22   Desert Mountain

Sept. 29   at Gilbert

Oct. 6       Corona del Sol

Oct. 13     at Mountain Pointe

Oct. 20     Desert Vista

Oct. 27     at Highland

 

Dobson

Coach: Pete Wahlheim, first season

Record last year: 5-5

Record last five years: 13-37

Record last 10 years: 32-72

Aug. 25   at Rincon

Sept. 1   at Central

Sept. 8    at Gilbert

Sept. 15    La Joya

Sept. 22  at Desert Vista

Sept. 28  at Red Mountain

Oct. 6      Westwood

Oct. 13    Mountain View

Oct. 20    at Mesa

Oct. 27    Skyline

 

Mesa

Coach: Kapi Sikahema, second season

Record last year: 4-7

Record last five years: 20-33

Record last 10 years: 47-62

Aug. 18    Mesquite

Aug. 25    at Desert Mountain

Sept. 1     Copper Canyon

Sept. 8     at Tolleson

Sept. 15   at Desert Ridge

Sept. 22   Basha

Sept. 29    at Westwood

Oct. 6       Skyline

Oct. 13    at Red Mountain

Oct. 20     Dobson

Oct. 27     at Mountain View

 

Mountain View

Coach: Mike Fell, second season

Record last year: 7-4

Record last five years: 26-28

Record last 10 years: 59-46

Aug. 24    at Valley Vista

Sept. 1     Corona del Sol

Sept. 8     at Pinnacle

Sept. 15   Mountain Pointe

Sept. 22   Brophy

Sept. 28   at Skyline

Oct. 6       Red Mountain

Oct. 13     at Dobson

Oct. 20     at Westwood

Oct. 27     Mesa

 

Red Mountain

Coach: Mike Peterson, first

Record last year: 8-5

Record last five years: 30-29

Record last 10 years: 68-51

Aug. 18   at Chandler

Aug. 25   Bye

Sept. 1     Hamilton

Sept. 8     at Basha

Sept. 15    Boulder Creek

Sept. 22    at Gilbert

Sept. 28    Dobson

Oct. 6        at Mountain View

Oct. 13     Mesa

Oct. 19    Skyline

Oct. 27    at Westwood

 

Skyline

Coach: Angelo Paffumi, sixth season

Record last year: 9-2

Record last five years: 43-20

Record last 10 years: 64-54

Aug. 18    Westwood

Aug. 25    Highland

Sept. 1     Valley Vista

Sept. 8     at Desert Vista

Sept. 15    at Millennium

Sept. 22    Hamilton

Sept. 28     Mountain View

Oct. 6        at Mesa

Oct. 13      Bye

Oct. 19      at Red Mountain

Oct. 27      at Dobson

 

Westwood

Coach: Kyle Ide, first season

Record last year: 2-8

Record last five years: 20-31

Record last 10 years: 40-69

Aug. 18    at Skyline

Aug. 25    at Copper Canyon

Sept. 1      Perry

Sept. 8     at Maryvale

Sept. 15   Gilbert

Sept. 22    at Tolleson

Sept. 29     Mesa

Oct. 6         at Dobson

Oct. 13       Bye

Oct. 20       Mountain View

Oct. 27       Red Mountain

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