Sun, July 21

Mingus Friday night football preview

<b>Juan Gonzalez</b> VVN/Sean Morris

<b>Juan Gonzalez</b> VVN/Sean Morris


Mingus will host Coconino Friday night for the Marauders last home game of the season.

Both teams are coming off losses. Mingus lost in Peoria to 4AII number one ranked Liberty in a highly competitive game that came down to the last quarter.

Coconino lost in Winslow to 3A number nine ranked Winslow 45-16. In that game Coconino couldn't stop Winslow quarterback Kraig Shirley from scoring one passing and four rushing touchdowns.

For the season Mingus is 6-2. In region play they are 2-0 with dominating wins over Page and Flagstaff.

For the season Coconino is 2-6. In region play they are 1-1 with one win over Mohave and one loss to Page.

Coconino has two quarterbacks that get snaps in the same games. Junior Quarterback number 8 Trevor Kortsen has accumulated 430 passing yards and one touchdown, but 6'4" senior number 7 Casey Sifling has 361 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season.

On the ground the Panthers have found consistency in junior runner number 44 Luke Daulton. On the season he has rushed for 481 yards, but his three touchdowns were all scored in the last four games.

Defensively the Coconino Panthers allow over 33 points per game.

The Marauder's leading rusher is still Juan Gonzalez with 493 yards and seven touchdowns. He also leads the team with four interceptions.

Friday night's game should be a win for Mingus, but they will need to be sharp to bounce back from last week's loss.

Liberty proved Mingus has work to do, but the Marauder's final two opponents (both region games) will not represent the level of where they want to be when the games really count. Mingus will have to challenge themselves to play to a higher level against weaker opponents.


The Cowboys will travel to Arizona Lutheran Friday night to take on Tempe Prep in a big game with playoff seeding implications.

Camp Verde is coming off a huge win in Camp Verde against Valley Christian. Tempe Prep won last week in a 34-8 game over Bourgade Catholic.

Currently Camp Verde is ranked tenth in the power rankings and Tempe Prep is ranked second.

If Camp Verde pulls off the upset then their first round game of the playoffs might be in Camp Verde against a lower ranked opponent. If they lose they will definitely have to travel to Phoenix for their first round game.

Tempe Prep is currently on a five game winning streak. Their two losses were early in the season to Arizona Lutheran and Northwest Christian.

Tempe Prep Knights quarterback number 12 Max Wiese is a senior with 652 passing yards on the season along with 9 touchdown passes.

Kinghts runner number 20 Brandon Milek is a junior with 660 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns on the season.

The Cowboys have their work cut out for them, but if they win it won't surprise the Camp Verde players or supporters because they have made strides all season and they're playing good football.

The Cowboys leading rusher is Kody Rayburn with 702 yards and four touchdowns. Deshon Tripp and Tanner Rezzonico both have rushed for eight touchdowns.

Tripp is proving himself at the quarterback position. In the last five games he has over 56 percent completion and a quarterback rating of 100. Tripp has developed chemistry with his receivers and he's a dual threat.

Kody Rayburn and Tanner Rezzonico are a great one-two rushing attack when Rezzonico is pounding the ball up the gut and Rayburn is shaking and baking to evade tacklers; they can make defenses look confused.

The Camp Verde defense got a boost when they got linebacker Jake Spleiss back to full strength. The defensive and offensive lines have improved a lot over the season and they appear more motivated than ever.

The game tonight will be entertaining and you can bet the 'Boys will never quit.