Damion Allen

Casa Grande Union receiver Damion Allen picks up yardage against Sahuarita Walden Grove on Friday in Casa Grande. The Cougars won 33-21.

1. Coolidge (4-0, Last week: No. 1)

The Bears keep rolling, as they pounded Sahuarita (1-2) 41-12 for their fourth consecutive win. QB Valentine Rodriguez threw four TD passes, going 10-of-19 for 181 yards. Sophomore WR Connor Ferguson grabbed six passes for 119 yards and two scores. The Coolidge defense has held opponents to just 9 points per game and has 12 takeaways.

2. Poston Butte (3-1, Last week: No. 2)

After a thrilling comeback win on the road over Goodyear Estrella Foothills the previous week, Poston Butte beat up on lowly El Mirage Dysart (0-4), 58-7. The Broncos moved the ball with ease, averaging 28.9 yards per pass attempt and 11.6 yards per rush. QB Gavin Lloyd was 7-of-9 for 202 yards and a TD, and RB Zion Burns had 101 yards and two TDs on eight carries.

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

In what amounted to an early season gut-check, the Cougars passed their test with flying colors in a 33-21 win over Sahuarita Walden Grove (2-1). CG Union gashed a previously stout Walden Grove defense for 462 total yards. QB Angel Flores completed 20 of 27 passes for 273 yards and three TDs with one interception. R.J. Keeton rushed for 117 yards, and Darrell Penn had 132 yards receiving and two TDs.

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

Poor tackling by the Maricopa defense contributed to a 33-20 loss to Phoenix South Mountain (2-2). The Rams allowed 321 rushing yards to the Jaguars, including 226 and two scores from RB K'rashee Smith. The game was tied 20-20 in the fourth quarter when Smith scored twice to ice the game. Maricopa QB Daxton Redfern completed 13 of 29 passes for 139 yards. Mister Chavis had a TD run and a 75-yard kick return TD.

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

The long-distance road trip stretch continued for the Dust Devils, but they showed no ill effects in a 48-8 win over Kingman (2-1). The passing game was not effective, but also not needed, as Santa Cruz racked up 329 rushing yards and seven scores on the ground. RB Hunter Ogle led the way with 12 carries for 113 yards and two TDs, and he also led the team with 13 tackles, including two for a loss.

6. Combs (1-2, Last week: No. 4)

Coming off a bye, Combs hosted a tough Gilbert Mesquite (3-1) team and lost 45-22. The Coyotes moved the ball effectively on offense (339 total yards), but QB Tre Buck tossed three picks. The Combs defense was torched through the air by Mesquite QB Ty Thompson, who threw for 401 yards and 5 TDs.

7. Florence (1-2, Last week, No. 7)

What could have, and probably should have, been a big win for Florence was instead a heartbreaking 28-27 defeat to Lakeside Blue Ridge (3-1). The Yellow Jackets scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes to win. Blue Ridge recovered an onside kick with 2:49 left before going on the game-winning drive, capped by a TD run from QB PJ London. RB Joshua Maignan had 123 yards and a TD for Florence.

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

A dismal first half against Vista Grande (0-4) gave no indication of what a banged-up Apache Junction squad would do after halftime. A fiery speech from coach Vance Miller, combined with a big turnaround from QB Gibson Limongello, led to a 37-7 win for the Prospectors. AJ led just 9-7 at the half, as Limongello completed 1 of 12 passes with two interceptions. He tossed two TDs in the second half, and the Prospectors defense registered 10 sacks.

9. San Tan Foothills (0-4, Last week: No. 9)

It's not often a team loses a game without allowing a completed pass. But Gilbert Christian defeated San Tan Foothills 17-14 with QB misfiring on its lone pass attempt. But the Knights ran for 294 yards, and scored both of their TDs in the first quarter. Trevyn Badger had 160 yards (72 rushing, 88 receiving) from scrimmage for the Sabercats, including a 70-yard TD catch from QB Brett Lincoln.

10. Vista Grande (0-4, Last week: No. 10)

After one half of play at Apache Junction, the Spartans looked like they had a decent chance of getting their first win of the year. But the wheels came off in the third quarter, and AJ outscored Vista Grande 28-0 in the second half. The Spartans defense and special teams played well early, aided by interceptions from Tyrese Constable and Louis Tellez and a blocked punt by Constable.

11. ALA-Ironwood (0-4, Last week: No. 11)

It probably feels like deja vu for American Leadership Academy-Ironwood. Last week was another another blowout loss to a very good team, as it lost 51-7 to Show Low (3-1). While the Warriors have been outscored 178-19 this season, their four opponents have a combined record of 12-4.

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