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Chandler Prep Football Teams Prepare For Closing Half Of Season

October 8th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Chandler Prep Football Teams Prepare For Closing Half Of Season
Sports and Recreation

By Zach Alvira

Sports Editor

It’s halftime in the 2018 high school football season, and several Chandler schools still have realistic hopes of making the playoffs.

Here’s a look as they embark on the closing half of the season.


Chandler opened with a loss on the road to national power Centennial (Calif.). Since then, the Wolves have been dominant. They passed a tough test against Queen Creek and dominated Las Vegas Faith Lutheran in the Polynesian Football Classic.

On the horizon for the Wolves is a rematch of the 2017 6A state-title game with Perry, as well as the Battle of Arizona Avenue against Hamilton.


Hamilton has struggled in coach Mike Zdebski’s first year, losing to powers Chaparral, Highland and Mountain Pointe early.

The Huskies still have enough talent to put together a run before taking on Perry and rival Chandler to end the regular season.


Casteel received a rude welcome to 5A from Centennial. The Colts suffered their first loss in more than a year. Since then, Casteel dominated Apollo, Verrado, Marana Mountain View and Kellis.

The Colts are poised to crack the 5A elite and will do so if they go unscathed against Higley, Gilbert, Maricopa and Campo Verde.


Perry lost a vital part of its offense when senior D’Shayne James suffered a preseason injury. Still, Perry has fared well, making it difficult to fathom just how good might have been. Quarterback Chubba Purdy has picked up where his brother, Brock, left off, leading the Pumas to dominating victories.

A huge task waits when the Pumas take on Chandler in a rematch of the 2017 6A state-title game, as well as Brophy, Hamilton and Basha to end the season.


It took until the fifth week of the season, against Highland, for Basha to lose its first game under new coach Chris McDonald. The early success was a nice change of pace for a program that won just three games last season.

The Bears are a confident bunch and eager to prove they can hang with the top teams in 6A. A difficult closing stretch includes Hamilton, Chandler, Brophy and Perry.

Seton Catholic

Seton Catholic jumped to a 4-0 record, proving to be among the best teams in 4A.

The Sentinels face Marcos de Niza at home followed by a road contest at Arcadia, led by former Hamilton standout Kerry Taylor. The Sentinels then take on Flagstaff before a marquee match-up with Saguaro, followed by Poston Butte to end the season.