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All parents are invited to attend monthly booster meetings.
2017-2018 meeting dates:
7:00 pm | Room E-204
Alex Lewis – Nebraska
Ben Demarr – Air Force
Davon Jones – Mississippi Valley State
Izzy Marshall – Arizona State
Jose Romero – Arizona
JR Plote – South Dakota State
RJ Hollis – Hawaii
Kenny Lacy – UCLA
Tre Campbell – Georgia State
Landry Payne – Oregon State
Thair Blakes – UAB
Jalen Brown – Oregon/Northwestern
Wesley Payne – Oregon State
Timmy Hernandez – Oregon State
Markell Simmons – TCU
Natrell Curtis – UAB
Dominique Fenstermacher – UNLV
Mitchell Fraboni – ASU
Emmanuel Butler – NAU
Deontay Townsend – Sam Houston State
Xavier Cochrane – Colorado
Nick Carman – Utah
Davis Perrott – Washington State
Paul Lucas – Oregon State
Brandyn Leonard – New Mexico State
Jack Smith – Arizona State
Isaiah Pola-Mao – USC
Eddie Rivas – NAU
Jaydon Brooks – Navy
Rashie Hodge – South Dakota State
The Arizona Sports Awards, presented by Arby’s, will honor an Athlete of the Year in every sport at the spring 2017 event.
At the end of each season, azcentral sports will announce three finalists for each Athlete of the Year award. The finalists are listed alphabetically.
All three will be invited to the awards show where the winner will be announced live. More information on the spring 2017 event will be announced soon.
Phoenix Mountain Pointe safety and wide receiver Isaiah Pola-Mao is a finalist for the Arizona Sports Awards, presented by Arby’s, Big Schools Football Athlete of the Year. (Photo: Tom Tingle/azcentral sports)
School: Phoenix Mountain Pointe
Positions: Safety, wide receiver
Pola-Mao was a big-play receiver, but he left a legacy on defense, a three-time All-Arizona selection at safety. He had seven interceptions as a sophomore, four his junior year and 10 this season, including six in the last three playoff games.
He returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns in the 47-21 6A Conference quarterfinal win over Mesa Desert Ridge. He had an interception in the 21-14 semifinal win over Mesa Red Mountain and two more in the state final against Chandler, a 37-17 loss, in which he injured his shoulder.
“I thought he was the best player in the state,” said Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan, who believes Pola-Mao will be playing in the NFL some day.
Pola-Mao, an imposing figure at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, was arguably the biggest hitter in the state. It was hard to get around him. He had 100 tackles, 31 solo, this year. He broke up 18 passes and caused two fumbles, including one in the championship game.
On offense, Pola-Mao had his biggest season, catching 27 passes for 640 yards (23.7 yards per catch) and nine TDs. His performance in the first meeting with Chandler was off the charts. He caught two TD passes, set up another with a diving grab near the goal line and intercepted a pass in the 52-7 win.
Mountain Pointe was ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation most of the season with Pola-Mao the heart and soul of the team.
“It was awesome,” Pola-Mao said of the season. “If I could redo it, I’d do it. I was glad I could play the past few years with this team.
“The interceptions, honestly, it started up front with the D-line, with Khalif (Ravenell), Shomari (Hayes) and my brother (Matthew). They get to the quarterback and cause pressure. I’m just doing my job.”
Ralph Amsden | Publisher | 3 Feb 2017
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|1||Solomon Enis (WR) North Canyon|
|2||Kenny Churchwell (DB) Mountain Pointe|
|3||Joey Ramos (OL) Deer Valley|
|4||Jamarye Joiner (ATH) Cienega|
|5||Gunner Romney (WR) Chandler|
|6||Josiah Bradley (ATH) Saguaro|
|7||Max Wilhite (OL) Desert Edge|
|8||James Stagg (TE) Desert Vista|
|9||Jawhar Jordan (ATH) Hamilton|
|10||Jarick Caldwell (WR) Chandler|
|11||Sean Andersen (OL) Verrado|
|12||Jack Plummer (QB) Gilbert|
|13||Mike Rogers (ATH) Cesar Chavez|
|14||Ralph Frias (OL) Safford|
|15||Alijah Gammage (DB) Desert Vista|
|16||Brock Purdy (QB) Perry|
|17||Max Massingale (QB) Saguaro|
|18||Slater Zellers (LS) Notre Dame Prep|
|19||Shomari Hayes (DL) Mountain Pointe|
|20||Donjae Logan (DB) Desert Ridge|
|21||Jayden Lee (OL) Campo Verde|
|22||Giovanni Miranda (WR) Saguaro|
|23||Lance Lawson (ATH) Red Mountain|
|24||Brayden Flynn (DL) Hamilton|
|25||Tyson Jones (OL) Desert Edge|
|26||Tyler Shough (QB) Hamilton|
|27||Ja’Tai Jenkins (ATH) Verrado|
|28||Malik Clark (DL) Moon Valley|
|29||Keishaud White (ATH) Desert Vista|
|30||Chris Manoa (DL) Chandler|
|31||Josiah Bailey (ATH) Kellis|
|32||Hunter Mayginnes (OL) Hamilton|
|33||Robert Jordan (DL) Mesquite|
|34||Draycen Hall (RB) Higley|
|35||Gary Bragg (RB) Mountain Pointe|
|36||Damaria Norris (RB) Cactus|
|37||Tristen D’Angelo (WR) Boulder Creek|
|38||Ezekiel Robbins (DB) Hamilton|
|39||Bryce Jackson (DB) Chandler|
|40||Kaleb Seumanutafa (ATH) Apollo|
|41||James Reed (TE) Boulder Creek|
|42||Austin Young (OL) Desert Edge|
|43||Aidan Diggs (ATH) Millennium|
|44||Cade Matthews (LB) Higley|
|45||Treyvon Williams (DB) Desert Edge|
|46||Dakota Haynes (LB) Pusch Ridge|
|47||Cash Peterman (K) Chandler|
|48||Jared Wood (QB) Florence|
|49||Cole Fisher (RB) Notre Dame Prep|
|50||Austin Duffy (QB) Red Mountain|
|1||Brock Purdy- Perry|
|2||Max Massingale- Saguaro|
|3||Jamarye Joiner- Cienega|
|4||Jared Wood- Florence|
|5||Tyler Shough- Hamilton|
|6||Mahal Lee- Cactus|
|7||Nate Dobson- Peoria|
|8||Jack Plummer- Gilbert|
|9||Austin Duffy- Red Mountain|
|10||Andrew Young- Cactus Shadows|
|11||Ruben Beltran III- Centennial|
|12||Ernie Peña- Millennium|
|1||Draycen Hall- Higley|
|2||Lance Lawson- Red Mountain|
|3||Damaria Norris- Cactus|
|4||Mike Rogers- Cesar Chavez|
|5||Jawhar Jordan- Hamilton|
|6||Sekou Tyler- Paradise Honors|
|7||Gary Bragg- Mountain Pointe|
|8||Cole Fisher- Notre Dame Prep|
|9||Tyrese Allen- Desert Ridge|
|10||Troy Ferestad- Bisbee|
|11||Nolan Susel- Florence|
|12||Kris Jackson- Mesa|
|1||Gunner Romney- Chandler|
|2||Solomon Enis- North Canyon|
|3||Cameron Gardner- Casa Grande|
|4||Josiah Bailey- Kellis|
|5||Tristen D’Angelo- Boulder Creek|
|6||Jacob Kaites- Scottsdale Christian|
|7||Jarick Caldwell- Chandler|
|8||Bujon Boyd- American Leadership (QC)|
|9||Joshua Walker- Desert Mountain|
|10||Keishaud White- Desert Vista|
|11||Xavier Watkins- Paradise Valley|
|12||Jake White- Desert Vista|
|1||James Stagg- Desert Vista|
|2||James Reed- Boulder Creek|
|3||Shamon Salway- Window Rock|
|4||Tate Speaker- Perry|
|5||Mario Meza- Douglas|
|6||Edmond Ashton- Lee Williams|
|7||Carter White- Poston Butte|
|8||Jesse Bravin- River Valley|
|1||Joey Ramos- Deer Valley|
|2||Max Wilhite- Desert Edge|
|3||Tyson Jones- Desert Edge|
|4||Mason Honne- Mountain Pointe|
|5||Jayden Lee- Campo Verde|
|6||Hunter Mayginnes- Hamilton|
|7||Austin Young- Desert Edge|
|8||Xavier Robinson- Deer Valley|
|9||Ralph Frias- Safford|
|10||Jozia Myers- Campo Verde|
|11||Jaden Hoyt- Northwest Christian|
|12||Javier Meza- Cesar Chavez|
|13||Jose Lopez- Salpointe|
|14||Tristan Rael- Chandler|
|15||Zach Neff- Perry|
|16||David Watson- Amphitheatre|
|17||Justin Segura- Horizon|
|18||Kaleb Seumanutafa- Apollo|
|19||Trevor Renfro- Centennial|
|20||Sean Benke- Mountain View (Marana)|
|1||Brayden Flynn- Hamilton|
|2||Shomari Hayes- Mountain Pointe|
|3||Chris Manoa- Chandler|
|4||Brayden Smith- Ironwood Ridge|
|5||Kaleb Seumanutafa- Apollo|
|6||Robert Jordan- Mesquite|
|7||Raymond Cruz- Dysart|
|8||Dylan Gabbard- Show Low|
|9||Scott Jones- Cactus|
|10||Kyle White- Notre Dame Prep|
|11||Brandon Myree- Basha|
|12||Khalif Ravenell- Mountain Pointe|
|13||Ryan Salmon- Scottsdale Christian|
|14||Jared Mix- Mountain View (Mesa)|
|15||Jobiin Sweat- Perry|
|1||Cade Matthews- Higley|
|2||Dakota Haynes- Pusch Ridge|
|3||Tre O’Guinn- North Canyon|
|4||Vincent Elrod- Notre Dame Prep|
|5||Cutter Hatch- Perry|
|6||Jordan Ware- Centennial|
|7||Jakob Redford- American Leadership (QC)|
|8||Shelton Mathis- Florence|
|9||Richard Molina- Yuma Catholic|
|10||Dante Coleman- Queen Creek|
|11||Shaun’dell Hawkins- Williams Field|
|12||Larry Davis- Desert Vista|
|13||Isaiah Joya- Yuma|
|14||Fabian Suniga- Shadow Ridge|
|15||Sebastian Bautista- Veritas Prep|
|16||Kevin Altmaier- Greenway|
|17||Jacob Olsen- Mountain Pointe|
|18||Tate Stevens- Highland|
|19||Shane Kratzer- Paradise Honors|
|20||Anthony Madril- Salpointe|
|21||Fernando Becerra- Carl Hayden|
|1||Kenny Churchwell- Mountain Pointe|
|2||Alijah Gammage- Desert Vista|
|3||Josiah Bradley- Saguaro|
|4||Bryce Jackson- Chandler|
|5||Donjae Logan- Desert Ridge|
|6||Dylan Stevenson- Pinnacle|
|7||Solomon Enis- North Canyon|
|8||Sekou Tyler- Paradise Honors|
|9||Rodney Rogers II- Cienega|
|10||Devon Waite- Mountain View (Mesa)|
|11||Aaron Turrey- Sunnyslope|
|12||Elijah Neal- Peoria|
|13||Andrew Smith- Marana|
|14||Ricky Manning- Notre Dame Prep|
|15||Bradyn Brown- Pima|
|16||Bobby Carlon- Moon Valley|
|17||Daniel Frampton- Phoenix Christian|
|18||Jake White- Desert Vista|
|19||Treyvon Williams- Desert Edge|
|20||Derick Bush- Salpointe|
|21||Donte Lindsey- Mountain Pointe|
|22||Trent Campbell- Estrella Foothills|
|23||Jose Escalera- Central|
|1||Slater Zellers- Notre Dame Prep|
|2||Cash Peterman- Chandler|
|3||Jacori Wooten- Queen Creek|
|4||Patrick McInerney- Saguaro|
|5||Matt Brock- Mesquite|
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016 6:11 pm
The first quarter of a football game is anything but sudden death.
The 6A Conference state title game on Saturday just might the closest thing to it.
The first 12 minutes, or even less, for that matter, could very well be critical in determining the outcome between No. 1 Mountain Pointe and No. 2 Chandler.
Usually the first couple of drives involve a feeling out process for a long back-and-forth battle.
This one just might be different when they kickoff at 7 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Pride (13-0) absolutely trounced Chandler 52-7 on Sept. 8. It means a fast start by Mountain Pointe could very well put the Wolves in a here-we-go-again mode.
Then again if Chandler (11-2) grabs the early lead and momentum it is a continuation of one of the more dominant stretches in recent memory.
If that is the scenario it squarely puts the Pride in a position of unknown.
“We can’t panic if we get behind early,” Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said. “We will do what we do and stay the course.”
Mountain Pointe hasn’t trailed all season and until last week’s 21-14 squeaker against No. 13 Red Mountain, the Pride only had one opponent have a fourth quarter drive that could have tied the game.
And that was over with 10 minutes left.
“Getting off to a fast start is going to be so important,” Chandler coach Shaun Aguano said. “Especially from a psyche standpoint.
“For us if we get down, do we think about the first game? For them they haven’t been behind early, and we haven’t been much either. We want to get off early and see how they react to it.”
Mountain Pointe feels like last week’s game – losing a 14-0 lead and having to dig deep for a little extra to win a tie game in the fourth quarter – came at the perfect time.
“That just happened last week,” senior offensive lineman Eddie Rivas said. “We were tested and we pulled it out. We know that’s something we can do after winning all of our games pretty easy.”
It was the surprise game of the week as senior quarterback Noah Grover, who returned after a six week layoff, was out of sorts and came at a cost as four starters, including Rivas, came out of the game dinged up. Vaughan is hopeful all will be ready to go as the Pride tries for the program’s second title in four seasons, but was unsure as of Tuesday’s media day.
“To win a state championship you have to be lucky and healthy,” he said. “Hopefully we will be really lucky because we are not very healthy.”
The Pride has one of the top defenses in the state, and has the size and speed to match up with Chandler. The Wolves haven’t faced much a challenge since losing to the Pride, outscoring opponents 508-156 over the last nine games.
It all adds to feeling that the Pride comes into the game reeling a bit and the Wolves, who looked to win their second title in three years, playing better than just about anyone in the state.
“I think our kids are more focused than they were the first time,” Aguano said of his players, who held a meeting without the coaches early in the week. “We are playing better football right now. Mountain Pointe is a physical and fast football team, and very athletic. They match up well against us all across the board.”
The Pride have imposed their will up front on teams all year long as the offense averages 310.4 yards a game on the ground and the defensive line often spikes a running back behind the line of scrimmage.
The Wolves, however, are similar in size and physical play on both sides of the ball. The close encounters up front are going to go a long way in determining who ends up on the stage at midfield Saturday night.
“I think we have to posses the ball and limit Chandler’s snaps,” Vaughan said. “Defensively, we are really good and we think we can do some things. They have been playing with the chains in their favor. We have to be able to get first downs and not turn the ball over.”
The Chandler offense, which has been led by sophomore quarterback Jacob Conover all year long, is ready for the challenge of Mountain Pointe’s defense, which has held opponents to two touchdowns or less nine times.
“We never panic and just get ready for the next play,” senior wide receiver Johnny Johnson said. “I think we are rolling a lot more as a team. The work we put in has us prepared, and we have believed all along (since the Mountain Pointe game) we were never going to lose again.”
One team has to come Saturday night when the 2016 season comes to end.
“At this time of the year the season is kind of like life,” Vaughan said. “You go through this journey and you have ups and downs all of the time. You lose people in your life. It is a long journey.
“And it is defined by one more game.”
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By the numbers
Avg. rush yards 265.3 310.3
Avg. pass yards 257.1 139.8
All-purpose yards 545.9 556.2
Total TDs 77 80
Points per game 48.3 44.5
Pts allowed avg. 22.3 12.3
Tackles for a loss 61 63.5
Sacks 29 32
QB hurries 82 82
INTs by defense 13 21
You almost had the sense that this day would come back on week three of the high school football season. Mountain Pointe surprised the state with just how good they are with a 52-7 win over Chandler. It just feels right that these two powerhouse teams would meet again and give us what I think many expected the first time these two teams met.
Mountain Pointe has been the class of Arizona and rightfully so as they have one of the best defenses we’ve seen in quite some time in terms of talent, size and skill. Despite working through injuries on offense, they have enough athletes and the big hogs on the offensive line to continue to be a threat on offense.
Key Matchup: Chandler center Caleb Medina vs Mountain Pointe defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao.
This will be a big time battle in the trenches when you look at the offensive and defensive lines for both teams. One that I am very excited to see is big Chandler Caleb Medina up against the stud sophomore Matthew Pola-Mao on the interior of the defensive line. A huge part of the Chandler offense is their inside run from the spread formation handing the rock to T.J. Green and Ryan Johnson. I have been at games this season where Green has gone untouched at the point of attack because of how great a job the Chandler interior line does led by Medina. Mountain Pointe attempting to take away the run, especially between the tackles will be a big key.
If Mountain Pointe wins, it will be because… The own the ball and time of possession on offense. While Chandler’s defense is much improved since these two teams played last, the Pride owning the ball on offense will keep the game played at their pace. While their defense being on the field is anything but a liability, keeping Chandler’s offense off the field can only help your cause.
If Chandler wins, it will be because…They start fast. All I can say is wow from what I saw in person to what Chandler did to Brophy the second to last week of the regular season and then to Desert Vista in the second round of the playoffs. Two very good teams were smacked and didn’t know what hit them and the game was over before it felt like it had even started. 97-7 is what Chandler outscored Brophy and Desert Vista in tge FIRST HALF of those two games combined. They play much better with a lead and are very hard to keep up with after getting out to fast starts. They also have the tendency in games I’ve seen them lose over the last few years to force the issue and get away form their game when playing from behind.
Kickoff for the 6A state title between Mountain Pointe and Chandler will be at 7pm Saturday from University of Phoenix Stadium.
Mountain Pointe freshman Matthew Pola-Mao (75) and his brother, junior Isaiah Pola-Mao (9), are part of young core of players getting plenty of playing time that will make the Pride stronger in the years to follow. Billy Hardiman/Special to Tribune]
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 5:05 pm
Eddie Rivas and Matty Palo-Mao have similar body types.
The same competitive drive as well.
So when the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Rivas, an offensive lineman, and 6-2, 300-pound Pola-Mao, a defensive lineman, lock up in a Mountain Pointe practice it can be monumental.
“Matty is my little rival,” Rivas said with a laugh. “He’s my little brother in some ways. We’ve spent a lot of time getting after it when he’s on scout team.”
The outcome varies on the day, but it is clear they make each other better.
“He gets me sometimes. He’s younger than me, but I’m not going to say I don’t beat him a lot.”
Pola-Mao, who is getting attention from Pac-12 schools, knows when he is done with his one-on-ones with Rivas Friday nights are a little easier.
“He’s the best and anyone I see isn’t as good,” Pola-Mao said. “We are about the same size, but I’m probably stronger. We make each other better.”
Rivas, who is committed to Northern Arizona, believes it is that kind of daily work that allowed the Pride become of the top rushing teams in the state and on the precipice of a second state title since 2013.
“We work hard all the time just to get to this game,” Rivas said. “It starts in practice. We know Chandler is good, and big up front. They are probably the best matchup against us size wise, but no one is better than guys we face all week.”
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Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11:35 pm | Updated: 12:03 pm, Wed Nov 23, 2016.
Noah Grover couldn’t be who he wanted be for six weeks.
And then once he returned to being quarterback of Mountain Pointe he wasn’t himself.
The Pride senior made a surprising return from a broken femur after healing quicker than expected to start the state semifinals against Red Mountain.
Then he went out played out of character.
Grover missed open receivers, was indecisive and let the circumstances get to him.
“I was a little rusty,” Grover said. “It was the big game jitters. I got in there and the crowd was super loud and it got to me. I hadn’t been on the field in a long time.
“I started getting comfortable just before halftime. Then (Red Mountain) scored (to tie it at 14) and it put more pressure on us.”
The Pride (13-0) managed to get through it with a 21-14 win with the belief that Grover, who was the steady and consistent leader the offense needed before the injury, will return to his usual self with another week of practice leading up to Saturday’s 6A Conference state title game against Chandler (11-2).
“Clearly, he wasn’t himself,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “He had a full week of practice, but he played differently than he had all year. We knew we wanted to get him in a game before that state championship if we made it that far.
“We think he will be better but that remains to be seen. I know he can do it because he played exactly the way we needed him to do for the first six games.”
Grover was 3 of 8 for 42 yards against Red Mountain so the opportunities weren’t there, but it was clear he was shaky compared to the resume he put together in the first seven starts of his career when he completed 66 percent of his passes, hit receivers in stride and with touch that led to 13 touchdowns and three interceptions in 96 attempts, and averaging 18 yards per completion.
“I know playing in a game and having this week to practice is going to make a difference after getting some of that rust off,” Grover said. “We put in work all season for this. We are going to come and be ready to play Saturday.
“I am ready.”
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