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Chandler Wolves Ranked 7th Nationally

Maxpreps.com has released their High school football preseason 2017 Top 25 composite rankings and Arizona is representing in the top 10  – Chandler at seven.

Chandler ranked 7th

Head coach Shaun Aguano has 11 returning starters from last season’s team that posted a 13-2 record en route to winning the 6A state title.

Head coach: Shaun Aguano

Last season: 13-2, No. 17 national ranking, won 6A state title

Last decade: 93-33, one state title

Famous alumni/players: NFL quarterback Brett Hundley (Packers), former NFL first-round pick Adam Archuleta, New York Giants running back Paul Perkins

PLAYERS TO WATCH

WR Gunner Romney (6-3, 200, Sr.) — The state’s No. 8 recruit, who committed to BYU this month, had 70 catches for 1,309 yards last season.

QB Jacob Conover (6-2, 200, Jr.) — The Sophomore All-American threw for 3,715 yards and 32 touchdowns last season.

DT Chris Manoa (6-0, 300, Sr.) — Arizona’s No. 21 recruit, who had four sacks and eight hurries last year, has committed to UNLV.

WR Jarrick Caldwell (6-3, 200, Sr.) — Look for Caldwell’s numbers to jump up dramatically after catching 26 passes for 484 yards and four touchdowns.

WR Bryce Jackson (5-9, 178, Sr.) — The UNLV commit gives Conover a third big threat.

KEY GAMES

Aug. 26 — vs. No. 3 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Sept. 8 — vs. Mountain Pointe (Phoenix)

Oct. 27 — vs. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)

Mountain Pointe ranked 26th 

Head coach: Norris Vaughan

Last season: 13-1, lost in 6A state championship game to Chandler, 36-17

STORYLINE

Mountain Pointe was one win away from finishing with its second perfect season in school history but lost to Chandler in the 6A state title game. The Pride will be hungry this year and even with Isaiah Pola-Mao graduating, his younger “big” brother Matthew Pola-Mao is ready to become the leader on the defense. He is one of the best defensive players in the country regardless of class. If Gary Bragg can come back healthy from an ACL tear in 2016, expect a big year for the Pride.The Fanatic has you covered all season long on 1580 AM along with 993 and 959 FM.

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FANATIC HIGH SCHOOL COVERAGE: Each Friday it begins at 6pm with the Pregame show with James Melo and Mike Grose, getting you ready for the entire night’s full slate of action throughout the state.  7pm it’s The Game of the Week featuring Erik Andersson will the play-by-play action, while former McClintock Charger and NFL QB Dan Manucci joins Andersson for color commentary.  Immediately following the game, it’s the most comprehensive wrap show in the southwest.  Two hours of scores, reaction, and interviews from all over the state.

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Back to the rankings: A total of five national media polls have released their preseason Top 25 rankings, and Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) will debut as No. 1 overall with three polls listing the Monarchs at the top to start the season. Not far behind the Monarchs is league rival St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.). The two teams have met 14 times since 2004, both winning seven games each. They are scheduled to play each other Oct. 13.

Only schools recognized by two or more media outlets are eligible for inclusion in the composite rankings. Teams were assigned a score of 40 for each media outlet that did not recognize them as part of their Top 25, rewarding teams that received consensus acclaim.

Top 25 Preseason Football Composite Rankings

Mater Dei opens the season as the top team in three of five major national polls.

Photo by Louis Lopez
Mater Dei opens the season as the top team in three of five major national polls.

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Average rank: 1.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 1
USA Today: 1
MaxPreps Computer: 1
HSFBA: 2
USA Today Computer: 2

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Average rank: 2.2
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 4
USA Today: 3
HSFBA: 1
MaxPreps Computer: 2
USA Today Computer: 1

(TIE) 3. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Average rank: 3.6
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 2
USA Today: 4
HSFBA: 5
MaxPreps Computer: 4
USA Today Computer: 3

(TIE) 3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Average rank: 3.6
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 3
USA Today: 2
HSFBA: 5
MaxPreps Computer: 3
USA Today Computer: 5

5. Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
Average rank: 9.2
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 8
USA Today: 14
HSFBA: 10
MaxPreps Computer: 10
USA Today Computer: 4

6. Allen (Texas)
Average rank: 10.8
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 11
USA Today: 16
HSFBA: 3
MaxPreps Computer: 4
USA Today Computer: 20

7. Chandler (Ariz.)
Average rank: 11.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 14
USA Today: 7
HSFBA: 11
MaxPreps Computer: 16
USA Today Computer: 9

8. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Average rank: 12.2
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 13
USA Today: 6
HSFBA: 13
MaxPreps Computer: 12
USA Today Computer: 17

9. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Average rank: 14.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 5
USA Today: 5
HSFBA: 14
MaxPreps Computer: NR
USA Today Computer: 8

10. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Average rank: 14.8
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 16
USA Today: 10
HSFBA: 21
MaxPreps Computer: 9
USA Today Computer: 18

11. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Average rank: 15.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 6
USA Today: NR
HSFBA: 16
MaxPreps Computer: 8
USA Today Computer: 7

12. DeSoto (Texas)
Average rank: 17.2
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 7
USA Today: NR
HSFBA: 6
MaxPreps Computer: 17
USA Today Computer: 16

13. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)
Average rank: 18
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 9
USA Today: 19
HSFBA: 15
MaxPreps Computer: 7
USA Today Computer: NR

(TIE) 14. East (Salt Lake City)
Average rank: 21.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 23
USA Today: 13
HSFBA: 25
MaxPreps Computer: 6
USA Today Computer: NR

(TIE) 14. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Average rank: 21.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: NR
USA Today: 8
HSFBA: NR
MaxPreps Computer: 13
USA Today Computer: 6

16. Carol City (Miami)
Average rank: 23.2
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 17
USA Today: 20
HSFBA: NR
MaxPreps Computer: 18
USA Today Computer: 21

17. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)
Average rank: 24.2
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: NR
USA Today: 23
HSFBA: 7
MaxPreps Computer: 11
USA Today Computer: NR

18. St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
Average rank: 24.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 18
USA Today: NR
HSFBA: 18
MaxPreps Computer: 21
USA Today Computer: 25

19. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia)
Average rank: 26
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 19
USA Today: 17
HSFBA: NR
MaxPreps Computer: NR
USA Today Computer: 14

(TIE) 20. Hoover (Ala.)
Average rank: 27.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: NR
USA Today: 9
HSFBA: 8
MaxPreps Computer: NR
USA Today Computer: NR

(TIE) 20. Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.)
Average rank: 27.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: NR
USA Today: NR
HSFBA: 23
MaxPreps Computer: 24
USA Today Computer: 10

(TIE) 22. Brentwood Academy (Tenn.)
Average rank: 30
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: NR
USA Today: 15
HSFBA: NR
MaxPreps Computer: 15
USA Today Computer: NR

(TIE) 22. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
Average rank: 30
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 21
USA Today: NR
HSFBA: 9
MaxPreps Computer: NR
USA Today Computer: NR

24. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Average rank: 30.4
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 25
USA Today: 25
HSFBA: NR
MaxPreps Computer: 22
USA Today Computer: NR

25. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Average rank: 31
MaxPreps Xcellent 25: 12
USA Today: NR
HSFBA: NR
MaxPreps Computer: 23
USA Today Computer: NR

Ranked in 2 Polls: South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)Ben Davis (Indianapolis)Warren Central (Indianapolis)Katy (Texas)St. Ignatius (Cleveland)

Ranked in 1 Poll: Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)Booker T. Washington (Miami)Carmel (Ind.)Cass Tech (Detroit)Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)Central (Miami)Colerain (Cincinnati)John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.)East St. Louis (Ill.)Fayetteville (Ark.)Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)Kahuku (Hawaii)Long Beach Poly (Calif.)Mountain Pointe (Phoenix)Pearl (Miss.)Prairie Ridge (Crystal Lake, Ill.)Roswell (Ga.)Steele (Cibolo, Texas)St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)St. John’s (Washington, D.C.)St. Louis (Honolulu)

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