Raymond Kellis vs Mesquite: What You Need to Know

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Friday’s Yurview Arizona high school football matchup pits Raymond Kellis vs Mesquite. The Cougars (4-0) will look to avoid the trap game vs a Mesquite (2-3) team looking to get back to .500 at 7:00pm MST on September 22nd. The game will be broadcast live on Yurview Arizona for customers of Cox Communications and will also stream live on YurView.com.

From Worst to First

By Corey O’Leary with help from YurView sports producer Rich Reid.

Kellis has been on a remarkable climb over the last few years. In 2014, they were winless, before going 3-7 in 2015, 9-2 last season, and starting undefeated this season. The fact that they’ve won 13 of their last 15 games after losing 17 of their previous 20 is a testament to the team-first approach Coach Shawn Copeland has instilled in his Cougars.

Spread it Out and Score

Mesquite, on the other hand, is having a tough go of it so far this season. They lost to a good Desert Edge team last week, but that they couldn’t get on the scoreboard is the main concern for Coach Chad DeGrenier. One of the original architects of the Spread offense in Arizona high school football, DeGrenier’s team averaged over 30 points per game last season. He’ll want to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers this week, namely dual threat senior Deandre Kelsey.

Players to Watch

QB Cade Peterson – Raymond Kellis

Don’t let him outside the pocket, or he could end up with the longest touchdown rush of all time. Inside the pocket, the Junior can sling it as well, as he is completing 67 percent of his passes and has thrown 14 touchdowns.

WR Deandre Kelsey – Mesquite

He had 300-plus yards rushing last year, and 300-plus yards receiving as well, making him a player that Kellis will want to mark on every down.

DE/OLB Robert Jordan – Mesquite

Jordan has added an ASU offer to his resume, and its not hard to see why, as he has all the physical tools at 6’3″ and 205 lbs. He’s been battling an ankle injury, but is an absolute force at his best, as Mesa found out when he blocked 3 punts back in August.

RB Elijah Juarez – Raymond Kellis

While Peterson has a trio of wide receivers to throw to (Dylan Naylor, Josiah Bailey and Plas Johnson), he has another option to help move the ball; hand off to Juarez. He’s got an 8.5 yards per carry average so far, good for 356 rushing yards this season.

LB Nicholas Bejarano – Raymond Kellis

He’s already got 50 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery so far on the young season.

S Devin Eubanks – Mesquite

Eubanks will have to have a monster game for Mesquite to keep Kellis off the board. He has 3 sacks on the season coming down from his safety spot.

Watch Raymond Kellis vs Mesquite at 7:00pm MST on September 22nd on Yurview Arizona for customers of Cox Communications or live on YurView.com.

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