Mountain Pointe (Phoenix) entered the Super 25 rankings with a bang this season, upsetting then-No. 21 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 28-21. In the weeks since, the Pride haven't disappointed, driving past their next three opponents by a cumulative score of 198-14.
This week could be a speed bump for the No. 16 Pride as they travel to Chandler for a game Friday. Last season, Mountain Pointe needed overtime to defeat the Wolves, 28-27.
Chandler quarterback Bryce Perkins has thrown for 600 yards and six touchdowns and run for five touchdowns, leading a balanced offense that looked impressive even in a loss last week, as the Wolves gave then-No. 10 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) a scare, leading at halftime before falling 52-31.
Mountain Pointe quarterback Antonio Hinojosa threw only four passes last week but three of them were for touchdowns in a 72-0 defeat of Maryvale (Phoenix). The Pride, which was the state Division I runner-up last season, is averaging 56.5 points a game, but the game with Chandler is the beginning of the team's toughest stretch of the season, with games the next few weeks with Division I state champion Hamilton (Chandler), Desert Vista (Phoenix) and Brophy Prep (Phoenix).
Other Super 25 Games to Watch:
No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale vs. Miramar, Fla., Friday: It shouldn't be any problem for St. Thomas Aquinas to get up for Miramar, as the Patriots upset the Raiders 27-24 in overtime last year and toppled Aquinas 27-20 in 2011. Miramar (3-0) has given up just seven points a game, but hasn't faced the quality teams that Aquinas has. The Raiders (2-0) defeated five-time station champion Northwestern (Miami) 38-3 and last week, handled then-No. 4 John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.) 27-13. The Raiders' defense, led by tackle Nicholas Bosa, who had three sacks against John Curtis, is their most impressive weapon, but the Raiders also have running back Madre London, who has run for an average of 100 yards and two touchdowns a game.
No. 7. Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), Saturday: This is a redemption game of sorts as both teams have had tough losses in recent weeks. Don Bosco Prep (1-1), which will be playing its third consecutive game against an out-of-state team, fell 28-25 in overtime at Mission Viejo, Calif., last week. Central (2-1) defeated Coral Reef (Miami) 49-0 last week, but two weeks ago, it fell 28-17 to No. 1 Booker T. Washington (Miami) after getting outscored 14-0 in the fourth quarter. The Rockets' running back tandem of Joe Yearby and Dalvin Cook will test Don Bosco's solid defense.
No. 12 Ensworth (Nashville) vs. Father Ryan (Nashville), Friday: While Ensworth (3-0) is the obvious favorite, the Fightin' Irish (3-1) have already pulled off one upset, defeating Brentwood Academy (Brentwood) 24-20 two weeks ago. Running backs Billy Nipp and Joseph Holzmer lead Father Ryan, while Ensworth has outscored its past two opponents 111-16 with physical running back D'Andre Ferby needing but 11 carries to score six touchdowns in those games.
No. 15 DeSoto, Texas at Cedar Hill, Friday: DeSoto (3-0), which some are saying is the best team in Texas, not No. 2 Allen, gets a barometer of where it stands this week with crosstown rival Cedar Hill. The Longhorns (2-1) lost 39-20 to Allen two weeks ago. DeSoto quarterback Desmon White has led an explosive offense that is scoring 50.3 points a game. Cedar Hill, which fell in last season's 5A-II finals, looked good in a 48-0 defeat of Ozen (Beaumont) last week as sophomore quarterback Justin McMillan passed for 167 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a touchdown. The Longhorns' biggest win was a 38-28 defeat of Guyer (Denton).