Zion Burns

Poston Butte junior running back Zion Burns gains yardage against Goodyear Estrella Foothills on Friday in Goodyear. The Broncos have moved up to No. 2 in the latest PinalCentral football power rankings.

1. Coolidge (3-0, Last week: No. 1)

Three games into the season, there is just one undefeated team in Pinal County. Coolidge improved to 3-0 after stomping Surprise Paradise Honors 69-14. The Bears ran over the Panthers (0-2), racking up 467 rushing yards. QB Valentine Rodriguez had 224 yards (including a 68-yard run) and three TDs, and RB Greg Rodriguez added 165 yards and two scores.

2. Poston Butte (2-1, Last week: No. 4)

The most miraculous win of the week went to the Broncos, as they overcame a 34-14 deficit in the second half to stun Goodyear Estrella Foothills (1-2) 40-34 on the road. For the second straight week, Poston Butte RB Zion Burns rushed for more than 200 yards, totaling 218 yards and three TDs on 16 carries. Junior QB Gavin Lloyd completed 12 of 18 passes for 177 yards and a TD and added 55 rushing yards.

3. Maricopa (2-1, Last week: No. 7)

After a crushing defeat to Goodyear Millennium the previous week, Maricopa bounced back with a 21-9 victory over Glendale Apollo (1-2). The Rams defense clamped down, allowing just 201 total yards while picking off two passes, including a 45-yard interception return by Patrick Garcia. RB Mister Chavis had 15 carries for 102 yards and a score.

4. Combs (1-1, Last week: No. 5)

Combs had a bye last week and faces Gilbert Mesquite (2-1) at home Friday.

5. Casa Grande Union (1-2, Last week: No. 2)

Looking to rebound from a close loss to Tucson Sabino, Casa Grande Union was pushed around by Tucson Pueblo in a 28-15 home loss. The Cougars’ inability to get much going offensively gave the Warriors (2-0) great field position, and they ran the ball right at the CG Union defense, led by RB Julian Lopez with 157 yards and a TD. Cougars QB Angel Flores was 10-of-17 for 110 yards and a TD.

6. Santa Cruz Valley (2-1, Last week: No. 3)

A promising 2-0 start to the season came crashing down to Earth on Friday, as Santa Cruz Valley was walloped 48-13 by Eagar Round Valley. The Elks (1-1) led 27-7 at the half, and poured it on from there, getting their first win of the season. The Dust Devils had outscored their first two opponents 67-18.

7. Florence (1-1, Last week, No. 6)

Talk about a total reversal. Florence played lights-out in a season-opening 54-20 win over Page, then suffered a shocking 34-0 loss at Snowflake on Friday. The game was still in reach at halftime, as the Lobos (1-1) led 13-0. However, they outscored the Gophers 15-0 in the third quarter. DE Regen Terry had nine tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack for the Gophers.

8. Apache Junction (1-2, Last week: No. 8)

Injuries have hit Apache Junction hard. An undermanned Prospectors squad was beaten 35-9 by Oro Valley Canyon del Oro. The Prospectors were without two starting running backs, a starting receiver and lineman (both gone for the season with ACL tears) a starting safety and a defensive tackle in the loss to the Dorados (3-0). Apache Junction had just 124 total yards.

9. San Tan Foothills (0-3, Last week: No. 9)

The Sabercats came close to getting their first win of the season but came up short in a 17-14 loss to Gilbert Christian. Trevyn Badger, a baseball star at San Tan Foothills, provided most of the offense, with six carries for 72 yards, three catches for 88 yards and a receiving TD against the Knights (2-1).

10. Vista Grande (0-3, Last week: No. 10)

After scoring zero points in its first 11 quarters of the season, Vista Grande finally found the end zone with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter in a 21-7 loss to Tucson Cholla (1-2). That came on a 17-yard pass from QB Donald Altaffer to WR Jace Atkins. But the Spartans still have trouble running the ball and stopping the run.

11. ALA-Ironwood (0-3, Last week: No. 11)

American Leadership Academy-Ironwood has run the gauntlet of a brutal schedule so far, and it was blown out 41-6 by Phoenix Christian last week. QB Kyle Johnson has been efficient, but there has been no running game to support him. The Warriors have been outscored 127-12 and have another tough game against Show Low (2-1) this week.

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