The old saying “better late than never” has never applied more than high school athletics this year. Even though the start of the Arizona prep football season was delayed several weeks, one thing is for certain – high school football is back in The Grand Canyon State.
A new season of GameTime Arizona premieres Friday, October 2nd with a matchup between two of the top teams in the state – Centennial vs. Hamilton. The 2020 schedule includes eight weeks of the best Arizona regular-season games and two weeks of playoff action.
How to Watch
Viewers in the Arizona region can watch the games on YurView AZ (Cox channel 4/Phoenix & 7/Tucson). All games are scheduled for 7:00 pm MT start. For more information, check local listings in your area.
A live stream of every game will be available for $7.50. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the game, it will be available to download for $25 the following afternoon. Watch for weekly links on yurview.com for the latest high school football matchups in Arizona!
Featured Teams and Matchups
When we say the best Arizona high school football matchups, we mean it. This year’s GameTime schedule features three of the top fifty teams in the country and the eleven teams in the MaxPreps Arizona Preseason Top 25 Rankings.
Perennial powerhouse Chandler is ranked #7 nationally and #1 in Arizona. The Wolves finished last season with a perfect 13-0 record, the first-ever Open Division Championship and a 26-game win streak. They play Desert Vista on November 6th
— Chandler High Football Boosters (@chandler_wolves) September 18, 2020
On the Wolves heels are the #43 national and #2 Arizona ranked Saguaro Sabercats. The Sabercats have won eight state titles since 2010 but lost to Chandler 42-35 in last year’s inaugural Open Division title game. They also feature three of the state’s top-ranked senior players and five of the 2021 top 20 recruits in the state. Watch the Sabercats take on the Notre Dame Saints, November 13th.
— Sabercat Nation (@Saguaro_HS) September 8, 2020
Other top-ranked teams on this season’s GameTime schedule include – #47 nationally/#5 Arizona ranked Hamilton, #7 Desert Ridge, #8 Highland, #9 Chaparral, #10 Higley, #13 Centennial, #15 Liberty and #17 Red Mountain. Here’s a look at a few of this season’s top matchups:
October 2nd – #13 Centennial vs. #5 Hamilton
The GameTime season opener features two of the top programs in the state. Both schools have won seven state championships. From 2014-2019, the Centennial Coyotes won championships in four of five years. Hamilton won seven championships from 2003 -2012. Centennial is moving up to the 6A Division this season. B
oth teams made the Open Division playoffs last season where Hamilton eliminated Centennial in round one. The Coyotes enter the season with another powerful offensive line, anchored by 6’4” 290-pound UNLV commit Caiden Miles. This season, Hamilton welcomes junior signal-caller Nicco Marchiol from Colorado to the team. Marchiol is rated as the number two prospect in his class and a top ten QB nationally.
BREAKING: 4 🌟 Pro-Style QB Nicco Marchiol (2022) is down to 8️⃣ Schools!
He is ranked as the #6 Pro-Style QB and #2 in Arizona.
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) September 15, 2020
November 6 – #1 Chandler vs Desert Vista
The road to the Open championship goes through Chandler High School. The Wolves don’t rebuild, they just reload. Last season, the Wolves defeated Saguaro in the first-ever state Open Division Championship, their 4th straight state title and 5th in six years.
Senior QB Mikey Keene returns for his third season with the Wolves. He has committed to University of Central Florida. Linebacker Brandon Buckner will play next season at Oregon, and junior WR Kyion Grayes has committed to Arizona.
The Desert Vista Thunder have won state championships and got all the way to the 6A semifinals a year ago. Junior RB Devon Grubbs, has been a starter since his freshman year and has received interest from Arizona State, California, and Oregon State.
November 13 – Notre Dame vs #2 Saguaro
Both teams reside in Scottsdale, but they have never played one another despite both schools having success in their respective divisions. Now both teams are playing in the 5A division.
Saguaro has proven they can compete with the big dogs. Last season, they made it to the finals in the Open division and gave Chandler a scare in the championship game. They are ranked #43 in the MaxPreps Rankings. Head Coach Jason Mohns has gone 97-12 in his eight seasons as head coach of the Sabercats, with six state titles. He has several D1 recruits on this year’s team including Oregon commit Bram Walden, an offensive lineman, and defensive back Denzel Burke, who is headed to Ohio State.
The Notre Dame Prep Football program had four players ranked among @azcsports 2021 Big 150, the top college prospects among players who will be seniors. @azc_obert https://t.co/RHCNJDi6uT @JamesJaquint16 @JDRoberts17 @sean30894416 @DamienOwens5
— Notre Dame Prep Athletics (@NDP_Athletics) August 14, 2020
Notre Dame made consecutive 5A state finals appearances in 2017 and 2018, losing to Centennial. Last year, they were 11-2 and lost to Campo Verde in the semifinals. The Saints are led defensively by senior outside LB James Jaquint, who committed to the University of San Diego.
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🏈 2020 GameTime Arizona Schedule (subject to change)