SBLive Top 20 Power Rankings: Ironwood, Poston Butte debut

Here are SBLive’s Top 20 Arizona high school football rankings for the week of Nov. 2.

Our statewide football rankings, which span all conferences, are released every Monday throughout the 2020 high school football season. The rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette.

Hamilton photo by Heather Hackett

SBLIVE POWER RANKINGS: ARIZONA TOP 20

Nov. 2, 2020

1. Chandler (5-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 1

Chandler beat No. 4 Centennial 31-7. The Wolves led 13-7 at halftime, but an 18-point third quarter made it a blowout. Nicolas Nesbitt scored three touchdowns for Chandler.

2. Hamilton (4-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 2

Hamilton beat Desert Vista 38-17. The Huskies led 38-0. Nicco Marchiol threw a seven-yard pass to Zachary Lewis for the Huskies’ first touchdown.

3. Saguaro (3-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

Saguaro beat No. 8 Casteel 48-20. The Sabercats dominated a game that was scheduled on short notice because of COVID-19.

4. Centennial (3-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 5

Centennial lost to No. 1 Chandler 31-7. The Coyotes trailed 13-7 at halftime, but they were shut out in the second half. Despite the loss, Centennial moves up this week because of an impressive first-half performance against one of the country’s top teams.

5. Liberty (3-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

Liberty beat No. 11 Chaparral 53-27. The Lions jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never trailed.

6. Queen Creek (3-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 11

Queen Creek beat No. 10 Highland 24-14. The Bulldogs put the game away with a key fourth-down conversion.

7. Williams Field (3-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 9

Williams Field beat Higley 28-27. Caden Cloud’s three-yard rushing touchdown was the game-winner. Higley missed a 40-yard field goal attempt as time expired.

Williams Field beat No. 8 Casteel 31-28 on Oct. 23. The Black Hawks’ two losses are to No. 6 Queen Creek and No. 4 Centennial.

8. Casteel (3-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 10

Casteel lost to No. 3 Saguaro 48-20. The Colts’ two losses have come against No. 7 Williams Field and Saguaro. They move up to No. 8 this week because of previous wins over No. 13 Boulder Creek, Higley and No. 6 Queen Creek.

9. Corona del Sol (5-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 12

Corona del Sol beat Mountain Pointe 45-9. “We got a bit better offensively and obviously it’s a rivalry, so our kids were ready to play,” head coach Jon Becktold told Koki Riley postgame.

10. Highland (4-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 4

Highland lost to No. 6 Queen Creek 24-14. Max Davis scored a late touchdown to get Highland within 10 points, but that was as close as the Hawks would get.

11. Chaparral (1-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 6

Chaparral lost to No. 5 Liberty 53-27. The Firebirds’ first two possessions ended with a three-and-out and an interception. Chaparral trailed 39-14.

12. Desert Edge (4-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 13

Desert Edge beat Mesa 28-17. Jeryll McIntosh had three touchdowns for the Scorpions.

13. Boulder Creek (4-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 15

Boulder Creek beat Sandra Day O’Connor 27-12. Jacob Cisneros passed for, ran for and caught a touchdown.

14. Salpointe Catholic (3-0)

Last week’s ranking: No. 16

Salpointe Catholic beat Campo Verde 21-14. Campo Verde scored with 13 seconds left, but the comeback attempt ran out of time.

15. Ironwood (4-1)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ironwood beat No. 16 Sunrise Mountain 20-11 to make this week’s Top 20. Senior quarterback William Haskell threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

16. Sunrise Mountain (4-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 7

Sunrise Mountain lost to No. 15 Ironwood 20-11. The Mustangs’ two quarterbacks combined for zero touchdown passes and an interception two weeks after beating No. 5 Liberty 37-33.

17. Mountain View Mesa (4-0)

Last week’s ranking: 18

Mountain View Mesa beat Westwood 32-8. The Toros led 30-0 at halftime.

18. Pinnacle (2-2)

Last week’s ranking: No. 20

Pinnacle beat Brophy Prep 28-7. Sophomore Duce Robinson caught a touchdown for Pinnacle.

19. Poston Butte (5-0)

Last week’s ranking: NR

The state’s top 4A team debuts this week after five blowout wins in a row. Zion Burns is one of the best players in the state. The two-way standout is committed to Nevada.

20. Mesquite (4-1)

Last week’s ranking: 19

Mesquite beat Gilbert 47-46. Ty Thompson threw for six touchdowns in the impressive come-from-behind win. Mesquite trailed 38-21.

Dropped out: Campo Verde and Higley

Moved in: Ironwood and Poston Butte

Other teams on our radar: Desert Ridge, Desert Mountain, Campo Verde, Casa Grande and Higley

2020 RANKINGS

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