Derek Simmons Top 16, Week Four

Monday, September 9th

Here is a brief week four update. If you don't know by now, Show Low QB Keegan Clark has likely ended his season due to injury. Blue Ridge narrowly escaped home win against 2A's St. Johns. Snowflake bounced back. Ben Franklin dominated top ten program. Norwest and Yuma spent their BYE weeks.


16. Fountain Hills (0-2) / Payson (2-0) - Winner of this game should be considered top 16 team. If Payson were to win at home this week against Ftn Hills, they could very well start their season 6-0 before Payson later in the season. Fountain Hills desperately looking for win before they spiral out of the playoff picture early on. The Falcons have Pusch Ridge and ALA Gilbert coming up and will probably not win either of those.

15. Florence (1-1) - Six of their final eight games are against  teams in my top 14. A win this week at home against Blue Ridge would go a long way in their hunt for a playoff spot in a couple months. Home field advantage will be huge as the high will be 103 degrees and will have a big impact on the visiting Yellow Jackets.

14. Safford (1-1) - It was a defensive gem against Wickenburg that gave the Dawgs their first win of the season. Thatcher, Show Low and Florence coming up on the schedule.

13. Pusch Ridge (1-1) - This is a very young team who could be playing for next season. They were shutout last week against 4A's Walden Grove and will probably be outmatched this week against CDO from 4A.

12. Coolidge (3-0) - Sahuarita isn't likely to give the Bears their first loss this season but next week is a huge matchup against Ben Franklin. It seems very possible that Coolidge could finish their regular season at 8-2 or 7-3.

11. Odyssey Institute (2-0) - If they can beat Florence next week, there is a good chance they could be 6-0 before challenges start. That would likely get them into the playoffs, regardless of what follows that.

10.Valley Christian (2-0) - After home games against AZ Lutheran and Page, the Trojans will see Northwest Christian, Yuma Catholic and Odyssey Institute. In five weeks, we'll know if these guys are real or not.

9. Blue Ridge (3-0) - It was a score in the final minute that sealed a 19-15 win at home against St. Johns. The next two games are more than a challenge, at Flornence and at Sabino in triple-digit heat. It will be big to return with a win in either of these games. That will be followed by a very likely win against Ganado before region play begins.

8. Show Low (2-1) - Keegan Clark has been sidelined, quite possibly for the season. If you haven't already heard it, he suffered a broken jaw and entered surgery last Saturday after the Cougar loss at home to Thatcher. It is clear that this loss will be big but the coaching staff believes their Cougars will answer the call and the "next man up" mentality will prevail. Watch them live this week against ALA Ironwood on or on your Sports Zone Radio mobile app.

7. ALA Gilbert (2-1) - Yes, they lost to Ben Franklin this week, but Snowflake did last week also. Most teams will lost to Ben Franklin this year. Junior QB Jack Ricedorff still leads all 3A passers in yardage, already almost at 900 through three games.

6. Snowflake (2-1) - The Lobos bounced back with shutout at home against Florence. The travel to Page this week will be long but should result in a win. The next challenge comes next week against Pusch Ridge at home and you can watch that one live on or your SZR mobile app.

5. Yuma Catholic (1-1) - Gage Reese is closing in on all the career passing yardage and touchdown records and though he isn't likely to get them this week, should have them by the end of next week. Be on the lookout.

4. Sabino (1-1) - Still hard to pin-point exactly where the Sabercats are following huge loss to 4A Sahuaro of Tucson but still expecting them to be the typical power-house that they are.

3. Ben Franklin (3-0) - The Chargers sent another message to the 3A after another convincing win over another good team. The victim this time was ALA Gilbert. The game this week that all eyes will be on is at Northwest Christian and the winner should be ranked No. 1 on October 1st when the official AIA rankings are released.

2. ALA QC (3-0) - After three games, quarterback Rand Jensen has already passed for 16 TD's. The Patriots have outscored opponents 168-25, thus far.

1. Northwest Christian (2-0) - Two physical power-house teams go at it this week in the most intruiging game on the schedule. The Crusaders should have the advantage, given they are at home against Ben Franklin and also that they come off of a BYE, unlike BF who just played ALA Gilbert. Don't be shocked to see Ben Franklin win, but my pregame prediction is a 10-pt win for the home team.

Show Low at Round Valley, Interviews, Highlights

August 23, 2019 - Show Low 36, Round Valley 18

Ridge Lee

Anthony Avila

Keegan Clark

Monte Maxwell

Game Highlights

REPLAY VIDEO: Thatcher 29, Show Low 0

FULL GAME REPLAY - Cougar Stadium, Show Low, Sep. 6, 2019 - The Show Low Cougars fell to three-time 2A defending champions Thatcher, 29-0 on Friday. The Eagles managed to gain 305 yards of offense, all on the ground. Show Low gained 14 first downs, just one less that Thatcher, and won the turnover battle, 4 to 2, but it wasn't enough. The Cougars also suffered the loss of quarterback Keegan Clark, who left game in the first half with a serious injury that required surgery. The timeframe for a possible return is unclear. Show Low will hots American Leadership Academy-Irowood next Friday at Cougar Stadium.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Paul Moro Stadium, Lakeside, Aug. 29, 2019 - The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets are officially 2-0 all time in games played at Paul Moro Stadium in Lakeside, after taking down Alchesay 34-0 in Week 2 of the 2019 football season. Jr. QB PJ London was named SZR Player of the Game after two long rushing TD's and a touchdown pass completion as well. Blue Ridge will prepare for St. Johns next Friday while Alchesay gets a bye week before battling the Pima Roughriders next time out.


FULL GAME REPLAY - Round Valley Dome, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 - The Show Low Cougars opened up the 2019 season with a revenge win on the road, knocking off the Round Valley Elks 36-18. The Elks had beaten the Cougars to start both of the last two seasons, but this time is was all Show Low as they racked up 445 yards of offense including 404 rushing yards. The Sports Zone Radio Player of the Game, Keegan Clark, ran for 209 yards and TD's of 57 and 80 yards. The Cougars host 4A Mingus Union next Friday night. Round Valley has a bye next week. Their next matchup is Friday, Sept. 6th in the Dome versus Santa Cruz Valley.

PJ London 2019 Highlight Video, Wk One, Wk Two

PJ London, Blue Ridge Junior Quarterback - Highlights from first two weeks, 2019.

REPLAY VIDEO - 3A Boys State Playoffs, Chinle 67, Show Low 42

February 16, 2019 - The No. 1 Chinle Wildcat boys scored 31 points in the 2nd quarter to pull away from No. 17 Show Low in the 3A State Playoffs, at Ganado on Saturday. Jason John hit three 3-pointers in the 2nd quarter and score 13 of his 16 points in the period. John was named the SZR Player of the Game. Chinle next faces Sabino in the boys quarterfinals on Tuesday, February 19th, at Prescott Valley.


February 15, 2019  - Winslow has defeated Ganado in the 3A Girls State Tournament, 38-32, in a game played at Snowflake High School. Brianna Little hit come clutch free throws, Justine Butterfield won the battle inside, and freshman Kylie Begay hit four 3-pointers, scored 17 points and earned the SZR Player of the Game. Winslow will now face Window Rock in the quarterfinals on Monday in Prescott Valley.


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February 8, 2019 - The Chinle boys defeated Monument Valley in the 3A North Region Semifinals, at Ganado. Peyton Wagner played a tough defensive game to earn the SZR Player of the Game. 


February 7, 2019 - Monument Valley knocked off Tuba City in the opening round of the 3A North Boys Region Tournament. 

REPLAY VIDEO - Sabino 30, Snowflake 14

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 - The last team standing in the 3A East was eliminated from the playoffs on Friday as the No. 3 ranked Snowflake Lobos fell to No. 6 Sabino, 30-14, at Lobo Stadium, in the 3A state quarterfinals. The Lobos struggled on offense, gaining 150 yards less than the Sabercats, who will next play Yuma Catholic this Saturday in the semifinals. 


Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 - The No. 3 ranked Round Valley Elks opened the playoffs with a home date against the Pima Roughriders - after ending the regular season with a win over Pima last week - and didn't disappoint their legion of fans. They came away with a 45-0 victory over the Roughriders and were led by the Sports Zone Radio's Player of the Game, Tayvin Bevell. Tayvin rushed for 168 yards on just 6 carries with four of those handles going for touchdowns. Round Valley will play Arizona Lutheran Academy next Friday in the quarterfinals at the Round Valley Dome.

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Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 - In the final regular season week of football, Blue Ridge errupted for 28 second half points to knock off Payson. The win sewed up the No. 11 seed for the upcoming 3A state playoffs for the Yellow Jackets, and it sealed Payson's fate as they missed the playoffs. Zeke Kessay caught a touchdown pass from QB PJ London, and Zeke also scored on a Pick-Six, returning an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. Kessay was named the Sports Zone Radio Player of the Game.


Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 - The Snowflake Lobos made good on their No. 2 ranking with a convincing 41-6 win over the Show Low Cougars - the first home win in the series for the Lobos since 2011. David Brimhall ran for 105 yards and added great defense to pick up the SZR Player of the Game, which could have gone to a number of different players. Brig Turley scored three TD's. Ethan Rammage didn't throw an incomplete pass all night, while heaving two touchdown passes. Justin White dominated in the trenches. Jake Christensen was a dynamo on both sides of the ball. Watch the video and share with your friends!


Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 - The No. 19 Show Low Cougars came from behind to beat No. 17 Payson in a crucial 3A East matchup between two teams on the playoff bubble. James Turner picked up the SZR Player of the Game Award after rushing for 127 yards with two touchdowns while also returning the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score.


Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 - The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets went into Cougar Stadium and picked a 3A East region victory over Show Low, 23-12. The story of the game was Yellow Jacket Chase Esparza, who broke the Blue Ridge school record for rushing attempts in a game. The senior running back carried the ball 46 times for 199 yards, breaking the long-time record of 24 held by Jeremy Hathcock. 

Video - Show Low Flag Football Championship

August 29th, 2017 - The Cardinals capture Show Low's 5th-6th Grade Season and Tournament Championships, knocking off the Broncos 61-8 in the final.

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