The 2017 high school football season is here.
Here are the top teams in each conference, as well as our preseason picks and our initial rankings.
No. 1 Chandler
Among the top 10 in the country by USA TODAY.
No. 2 Phoenix Mountain Pointe
Big, physical, fast and determined to finish strong this time.
No. 3 Gilbert Perry
QB Brock Purdy bigger, stronger and back for more after leading historic season.
No. 4 Mesa Red Mountain
Lance Lawson on strong defense will be a difference maker.
No. 5 Phoenix Desert Vista
Coach Dan Hinds’ best team since the 2011 champs.
No. 6 Chandler Hamilton
QB Tyler Shough leads a strong senior class.
No. 7 Phoenix Pinnacle
Junior QB Spencer Rattler’s time to stack wins.
No. 8 Mesa Desert Ridge
Eight sophomore starters, but they’re really good.
No. 9 Phoenix Horizon
Under the radar no more.
No. 10 Chandler Basha
Coach Rich Wellbrock is ready to wake the monster.