Schedule has Fielder losing his balance

Sunrise Region teams have been practicing since Aug. 13.

Trust me. I have the sunburn to prove it.

Yet here we are in the last few days of September and finally the right side of town is beginning league play.

I get that there aren’t as many teams on one side of town as the other (even though that makes as much sense to me as quantum physics) and that the Sunrise champion goes straight to the state title game this year. But something’s still not right.

The left side of town is in its fourth week of league play, yet 0-3 teams like Chaparral and Eldorado are in a seven-way tie for first place in their league.

Thankfully that will change tonight (except for Silverado and Rancho, who won’t play a league game until October … meh).

What also needs to change is my success rate. Going 6-2 last week wasn’t great.

Here are my four to score. For the rest of my picks, head over to, and while you’re there, send me some fan mail.

Foothill (2-1) at Del Sol (3-0): The Dragons are coming off a big victory over Las Vegas (one that almost got away), and have been fabulous, considering they lost almost everyone from last year’s team.

Dezerick Reed’s statistics aren’t ridiculous, but he has been successful running the ball with 394 yards and five touchdowns for Del Sol.

Foothill is probably somewhere between the team that lost by 49 to Palo Verde two weeks ago and the one that beat Rancho by 37 last week.

Expect both of these teams to be playing the second week of November. Del Sol by 6.

Durango (3-1, 2-1) at Spring Valley (3-1, 3-0): The Julio Mora show keeps a-going at Durango. Mora has 644 yards and nine touchdowns in four games and has helped the Trailblazers to two more wins than they had last year.

You want big numbers? Try Spring Valley’s Brandon Lopez, who has seven rushes for 203 yards and three touchdowns and 10 catches for 210 yards and two TDs.

He is averaging better than 24 yards every time he touches the ball. Might want to let him touch it more often. Spring Valley by 8.

Coronado (2-0) at Basic (3-0): Sometimes it’s how good you are. And sometimes it’s how good your opponents aren’t.

Coronado is 2-0, but those wins came against Valley and Eldorado, who have a combined 0-6 record.

Basic has a weapon in Quinn Richardson, who has a grand total of 18 yards rushing this season, but four of the team’s 10 touchdowns.

Give it to Quinn. Let him get in. Basic by 5.

Moapa Valley (1-3) at Rancho (0-3): Rancho has been outscored 65-0 this month. And it probably wouldn’t look good to lose to a Class 3A team.

After all, a lot of 4A people seem to think 3A is far beneath them … at least the parents who showed up at the NIAA board meeting last week thought so.

Moapa hasn’t looked like the team that won the state title last year, but this could be a big step in Kelan Weiss’ development as a quarterback.

The Pirates won’t see league play in their round-robin league until Oct. 16. This one will make them wish they were starting league play Saturday. Moapa Valley by 4.

Last week: 6-2 overall, 5-3 with points.

Season: 27-7 overall, 25-9 with points.

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