Game Preview: Hamilton v. Desert Ridge
Kendyl Taylor
Kendyl Taylor
Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 16, 2011
Jason Jewell

SW Analyst Jason Jewell previews this rematch of last year's state title game

Preview: Chandler (Az.) Hamilton @ Mesa Desert Ridge

Last week: Hamilton (3-0) beat Notre Dame Prep (0-3) 47-7. Desert Ridge (3-0) beat Highland (0-3) 48-0.

Players to Watch: Hamilton- senior WR Kendyl Taylor, senior DB Reggie Daniels, senior DTs Jaxon Hood and Calvin Thomas, senior OLB Nic Henson, senior QB Blake Kemp, senior RB Clayton Stanchik, senior WR Just'n Thymes, senior CB Robert Milus, junior DB Cole Luke, sophomore DE Qualen Cunningham, junior RB Franke Felix, sophomore OG Devon Finai, junior OL Patrick Joseph, sophomore OL Casey Tucker

Desert Ridge- senior WR Jordan Becerra, senior OL/DL Alex Barrett, senior DE Damani Mosby, senior QB Parker Rasmussen, junior OL Nick Allen, senior WR Zach Davis, senior RB Joey Counts

Keys to a Hamilton win: Keep playing great defense. The Hamilton D has given up just 14 points so far this year. Hamilton might have the best DT tandem in the state, they play in the backfield and keep OLs off their LBs. A big game is needed from them. QB Blake Kemp has been accurate but he also has thrown 6 INTs. Hamilton cannot turn the ball over in a game this big. Wear DR out. DR plays kids both ways and Hamilton has a roster double the size of DR.

Keys to a Desert Ridge win
: Stop Kendyl Taylor first and foremost. He is Hamilton's biggest weapon on offense. The return of all-state RB Joey Counts. He has been out with an injury but has seen some limited action. This will be his first full week back, a big game by him is a must. Get the ball in the hands of their playmaker Jordan Becerra. Parker Rasmussen has been great thus far, completing over 70% of his passes. He will be looking for Becerra all night. DLs Alex Barrett and Damani Mosby will be crucial against Hamilton's young but big OL.

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