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Gatorade announced today that Jalen Brown has been named the Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year. The award honors Jalen’s achievements on the field as well as in the classroom and in the community. We are so proud of his accomplishments.

Please Read the Official Press Release below:

Contact: Lauren Rollins (312-729-3607)
CHICAGO (November 29, 2012) — In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade
Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Jalen Brown of Mountain Pointe
High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year. Brown is the first Gatorade Arizona Football
Player of the Year to be chosen from Mountain Pointe High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic
achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Brown as Arizona’s best high
school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award
announced in December, Brown joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including
Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Wes Welker (1999-00, Heritage Hall HS, Okla.), Terrell Suggs (1999-
00, Hamilton HS, Ariz.), Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.) and Jerome Bettis (1989-90, Mackenzie HS,
The 6-foot-2, 178-pound junior wide receiver and safety caught 68 passes for 1,235 yards and 18 touchdowns this past
season, leading the Pride (12-2) to the Division I state championship game. On defense, Brown recorded 25 tackles, 12
pass break-ups and five interceptions—returning one for a touchdown—in addition to forcing and recovering a
fumble. A two-time All-State Honorable Mention selection, he is rated as the nation’s No. 46 recruit in the Class of 2014
Brown has maintained a 3.42 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to
benefit cancer research, as a peer tutor and as a youth football coach and referee.
“Jalen Brown is a stud,” said Tom Joseph, head coach of Corona del Sol High. “He is tough to cover and a great young
man. He is the best receiver we saw this year.” Brown will begin his senior year of high school next fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the
50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys
and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each
sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with
USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of
accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Brown joins recent Gatorade Arizona Football Players of the Year Davonte Neal (2011-12, 2010-11, Chaparral High
School), Brett Hundley (2009-10, Chandler), Craig Roh (2008-09, Chaparral High School) and Tim Ruben (2007-08,
Saguaro) among the state’s list of former award winners.
To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us
on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of

Former Mountain Pointe standout Alex Lewis (Colorado) was chosen as an Honorable Mention Offensive Lineman for the Pac-12. Congratulations to Alex! 


Jr. WR/DB was named Player of the Year by the Coaches of Section III South. Officially, Brown finished the season with 63 catches for 1,150 yrds and 18 TDs, breaking several school receiving records along the way. Congratulations to Jalen!

The Pride also picked up several other individual honors. These players were chosen by the coaches of Section III South:

1st Team Offense:

QB – Antonio Hinojosa

RB – Garette Craig

OL – Kenny Lacy

Snapper – Mitchell Fraboni

2nd Team Offense:

RB – Thomas Warren

Punter – Ryan Sheehan

1st Team Defense:

DB – Travonn White

LB – Wesley Payne

DL – Natrell Curtis

2nd Team Defense:

DB – Jimmy Holtrop

LB – Landry Payne

DL – Charlie Trevino

Congratulations to all! GO PRIDE!


Saturday marked a day of firsts for the Mountain Pointe Football Program. The Pride football team made its first appearance in the AIA championship game in school history. The Pride had reached the semi-finals two other times but fell short. Unfortunately, Hamilton defeated Mountain Pointe by a score of 31-16. It was a tough game and the Pride players never quit. We would like to thank our parents, students, faculty, staff and community for their overwhelming support this season.


Skoda Reflecting on this season

Photos From Saturday

The AIA will host a Championship Media Day today live at 10am from Wofley’s Neighborhood Grill. There will be a live broadcast on Coach Vaughan and a few of our players will be there. Check it out!

The Mountain Pointe Football team won a decisive victory Friday night against Brophy College Prep by the score of 30-0. Read more here and check out this great selection of photos from the Ahwatukee news (Courtesy of Jason Skoda and David Jolkovski).

The Championship game will be take place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Kickoff at 12:07pm.  Here is some information for students, parents and fans regarding this week’s activities and the game this weekend.

1.       The Arizona Cardinals will sell tickets on campus on Tuesday 11/20 10:30 AM-4:00 PM in the MP auditorium lobby.  Tickets may also be purchased at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe M-W, F, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM or the day of the game at the stadium starting at 9AM. Adults are $10, and students are $6.

2.       Game Day shirts will be sold beginning tomorrow on campus by the Football Boosters starting at approximately noon.  Cost will be $10.  Shirts may be purchased Wednesday evening in the gym lobby during the home wrestling match with Perry.

3.       There will be free student rooter buses for Saturday’s game.  They will depart the school at 9 AM sharp and will leave U of P stadium Parking lot 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.  Students must sign up in the bookstore to travel on the bus.  Students that ride the bus to the game must return to MP on the bus.

4.       Student Council will organize a tailgate at the stadium.  Look for the large “MP” Flag and representatives from Student Council.

5.       A Pep Rally is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Karl Keifer stadium at approximately 1 PM.

Thank you all for your support. We will have more details as the week progresses. We hope to see everyone at the game and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Mountain Pointe earned the top seed in the Div. I playoff bracket two weeks ago and has performed like the number one team ever since. In the first round, Yuma Cibola traveled to Ahwatukee only to find the Pride offense in full effect. Mountain Pointe topped Cibola 49-0.

Last Friday the Pride played their last home game of the season against Desert Mountain. Desert Mountain came into the game with one of the most prolific passing attacks in Div. I. The Wolves came in averaging over 260 yrds/game passing. Standout Jr. QB Kyle Allen and Jr. WR Mark Andrews combined for over 1,400 yrds passing between the two. The Pride would prevail behind a punishing running game lead by Garette Craig and Thomas Warren. The Pride offense ran 78 plays compared to Desert Mountain’s 48. Mountain Pointe won by a final score of 45-14.

Next Friday, Mountain Pointe will have a rematch with Brophy College Prep at McClintock High School. Both teams come in to the game putting up great numbers offensively. Brophy won a shootout in the first round against Chandler 54-44 and followed that performance up with a win over Red Mountain in a defensive struggle 14-13 last Friday. The winner of this game will face the winner of Hamilton and Desert Ridge in the championship game on November 24, at University of Phoenix Stadium.



The AIA announced on Saturday that Mountain Pointe finished the regular season as Number 1 in Division I power ranking. The Pride finished the regular season with a record of 9-1; setting records in both passing and receiving along the way. With the #1 seed, Mountain Pointe secured at least one home playoff game on November 2nd against Yuma Cibola.


Courtesy of: Al Zipsie, Special to Tribune

Sometimes overcoming adversity can be the best thing to happen to a team.

After a second half collapse in its only loss of the season to Brophy, Mountain Pointe has responded with four straight wins while averaging 60 points a game.

The latest victim was Westwood as the continued to roll with a 63-2 road win Friday night. The Pride take a 9-1 record into the Division I playoffs where they await who they meet first round as the first or second seed most likely.

“We came into the game No. 1 in the power rankings and we feel nothing should have changed,” Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said. “It’s a huge win for the reason of being seeded one or two.

“Now there is nothing else we can do but wait until Saturday and see what seed we are and who we are going to play.”

Mountain Pointe junior wide receiver Jalen Brown understands the importance of finishing No. 1.

“The number one and two seed is important, number one you have the top bracket, the lower bracket will have many good teams,” Jalen Brown said.

His quarterback, Antonio Hinojosa, was sure the Pride did enough to hang on to the top spot.

“We were ranked number one and I don’t think we did anything to lose it,” Hinojosa said. “We are trying to not let it faze us, everybody is good in Division I. “It would be nice to get to play Hamilton and Brophy again, I would like another chance to play a better second half with Brophy.”

“Two of our players set school records in Antonio Hinojosa and Jalen Brown,” Vaughan said. “We were trying to get those passes to Brown to pass the record.”

Brown needed seven caught passes to break the single season school reception record (which was held by Garrette Holle with 51 in 2010).

Brown ended with eight catches for 154 yards and still has the playoffs to pad the record. Brown earlier in the season set the single game record for reception yards in a game and the season record for touchdowns which was 10.

Brown had five touchdowns on the night to up the record to 16 as he caught four TD passes from Hinojosa for 43, 42, 11 and 9 yards and added a pick six for 65 yards.

Hinojosa set the record for passing yards in a season as he clicked on 13 of 16 passes for 222 yards and five touchdown passes and no interceptions. He hit Brown four times and also found DeJhon Edwards for a 20-yard TD.

Both Hinojosa and Brown are only juniors and exited the game early in the third quarter after hooking up for a nine yard TD strike.

“I got hit on the pass and it was short armed and Jalen just went up and got it,” said Hinojosa, who also threw five TD passes against Yuma Kofa. “I didn’t know about records.”

“I am not looking at stats, just looking to help the team win games,” Brown added.

The Pride dominated the first half taking a 42-2 lead to intermission. Westwood threw four interceptions in the half with Brown picking one and the others Charlie Trevino on a deflected pass, Ciyre Simmons and Josh Moses. MP scored all four first quarter touchdowns in under four minutes.

Westwood tried a second fake punt this time Mike Eggres found Ty Dale for a 59 yard pass to the Pride 25-yard line only to have the drive stall on a interception. Hinojosa fumbled in the end zone and was tackled by DJ Bex for a safety and the Warriors only points on the night.

The Warriors, after winning their season opener, lost the final nine games.

“Mountain Pointe is a very fast and good team,” Westwood coach Spencer Stowers said. “I appreciate the seniors who stuck the season out. We are excited to moving forward with nine sophomores played along with many juniors who return.”

Mountain Pointe 63, Westwood 2

The Pride toppled the Toros Friday night by a score of 51-6, improving their record to 8-1. Mountain Pointe will travel to Westwood High School this Friday to take on a one-win Warriors squad.

Read Skoda’s Post-game Report

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