Page 6: High-Profile Coaching Changes Dot the Arizona Football Landscape
CHAPARRAL: Thomas Lewis out. Brent Barnes in. Lewis left after the first of the year, citing too many other obligations on his plate to give the Firebirds program. Barnes will be the fifth Firebirds' coach this decade. The last three have served two-year stints. Barnes comes from the Oklahoma prep ranks where his teams produced high powered offenses, particulaly through the air. He finished a three-year stint as head coach at Norman North High, Okla.
From page9: Where They Are Ranking Our Boys
AZ’s top-10 recruits in 2020 class azcentral.com
1. DB Kelee Ringo, Saguaro
2. QB Jack Miller, Chaparral
3. DE Jason Harris, Higley
4. RB Bijan Robinson, Salpointe
5. DE/OLB Damian Sellers, Saguaro
6. DB Lantham Ransom, Salpointe
7. WR Brenden Rice, Hamilton
8. WR Tommy Christakos, Chaparral
9. RB Darvon Hubbard, Chaparral
10. OL Tye Kassen, Saguaro
– Chaparral’s Jack Miller is the third-ranked pro style quarterback by rivals.com and 247sports.com in the 2020 class.
From Page 11: 6A Conference Football Preseason Rankings
#7 CHAPARRAL: A lot of different head coaches have manned the head sets of late for Chaparral, which has been stymied most of the decade from returning to the pinnacle of 5A. 5A is behind them for at least the next twoyear so they'll be under the spotlight vs. 6A opponents. this season. New coach Brent Barnes, who is the fifth head coach this decade for the Firebirds, has a history of explosive passing offenses from his time in Oklahoma. He has one of the top quarterback recruits around in junior Jack Miller, beginning his second year at Chap. Weapons are in place at other skill spots junior running back Darvon Hubbard, wide out Tommy Christakos and slot Deavon Crawford. Defensively more experience returns than the offense.
Page 15: 6A Conference Team-By-Team Preview
DESERT VALLEY REGION
Chaparral Head coach: Brent Barnes
No. of returning starters on offense: 8
No. of returning starters on defense: 5
Key returning players and 2017 stats: Jr. QB Jack Miller, (6-4, 205), 1,735 passing yards, 20 TDs, 306 rushing yards, 4 TDs. Jr. WR Tommy Christakos, (6-4, 200), 604 receiving yards, 8 TDs. Jr. RB Darvon Hubbard, (5-11, 205), 503 rushing yards, 7 TDs. Jr. RB-WR Deavon Crawford, (5-10, 175), 585 receiving yards, 4 TDs, 96 rushing yards, 4 TDs. Sr. OL Craig McFarland, (6-6, 270). Sr. DE Oliver Carras, (6-4, 215), 35 tackles, 6 sacks. Jr. DE Jaxon Richards, (6-5, 210), 39 tackles, 3 sacks. Sr. LB Zien Tessler, (5-10, 205), 119 tackles, 2.5 sacks.. Jr. LB Braxen Tessler, (5-10, 185), 113 tackles, 4.5 sacks. Jr. DB Kamdan Hightower, (6-1, 170), 23 tackles.
Strengths of offense heading into the summer: Experienced group with elite skill players and playmaking ability.
Strengths of defense: Fast, pressure defenders learning a multiple system to give them opportunities to make plays.
Team's biggest question marks(s): Depth, especially moving up to the 6A level. 2018 expectations: Compete and get better each week.