Red Mountain Varsity Football

The varsity football team has been rigorously preparing for the season with practices six days a week. Varsity has faced struggles ever since their 2001 state championship win, however, this year the team looks promising with a current 4-2 record and hopes to come off the season with a new State championship win.

“I wouldn’t say the teams we face are our biggest worry, but rather how we play as a team is,” senior and varsity player David Montes said. “If we play our true physical game of football we will be able to transfer it in the playoffs and possibly a State championship.”

“We’ve gotten rid of cliques and distractions that have kept us from coming together before.”

– Jacob Porter, Senior and Varsity Captain

This season, the coaches and players are working long hours to make sure that practices run efficiently and effectively. The team is also working on team building to help their chemistry on the field.

“The team has become a lot closer this year than in past years,” senior and varsity captain Jacob Porter said. “We’ve gotten rid of cliques and distractions that have kept us from coming together before.”

Running towards the endzone, senior Dominic Pereira sprints to score. Photo by Ms. Saquella

Varsity started off the season with two back-to-back losses and knew they had to change in order to achieve their goals. The team came back and won their next games against Basha, Boulder Creek and Gilbert by large margins.

“We expected and had a great chance to win the first two games, we just didn’t come out successful,” senior and varsity player Lance Lawson said. “But these past games have been really good and we plan to continue that for the rest of the season.”

Along with varsity, the freshmen and junior varsity teams both hold winning records, with freshmen at 3-1 and J.V. at 3-2. Both teams have positive outlooks for this year with new players and tactics.

After a turnover, senior Riley Pagel punts the ball to the opposing team. Photo by Ms. Saquella.

“Our team [J.V.] is doing some new play runs this year alongside varsity,” sophomore and J.V. player Zachary Molina said. “Although it’s taking time to become accustomed to them, I think it is heightening our game overall.”

Even though each team holds a winning record, they continue to put their blood, sweat and tears into keeping up the caliber they are currently playing at. Coming out to games and supporting the team drives them farther, while also increasing school spirit. For more information about football and the season visit

Playing Chandler High to kickoff the season on home turf, senior Dylan Kelley lays out to tackle and stop his opponent from gaining yards. Photo by Ms. Saquella.

(Featured photo by Ms. Saquella)