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|2011 High School Football Preview: Campo Verde|
|Written by Odeen Domingo|
The Big Bang.
That could be the result of Gilbert Campo Verde's first year playing a regular varsity schedule. Campo Verde has every player back from team that went 6-6 playing an independent schedule in 2010.
"Hopefully we're smarter this year, hopefully we're more experienced," Campo Verde coach Max Ragsdale said. "By all means, we were not given any favors with our schedule. But we had a great camp. August looks good right now."
Campo Verde could start off with Ragsdale's biggest bang of his coaching career. Campo Verde opens its season on Aug. 26 against Apache Junction, where Ragsdale had coached for many years.
"At the end of the day it's just another game," Ragsdale said. "But you can say that all you want but of course it's going to be played at a different level. (Apache Junction coach Justin MacDonald) and I know each other so well. We talk to each other, probably weekly. It'll be a more scrutinized game."
Campo Verde will rely on its 21 seniors to achieve its goals.
Quarterback Rand Hawk will once again lead a no-huddle offense. Hawk completed 55 percent of his passes last season and threw 10 touchdowns. Running back Brandon Cox led the team in rushing last season with 998 yards and 10 touchdowns. Brandon Flores and lineman Matt Sokhy are the key blockers in Campo Verde's offense.
Campo Verde will also have a talented junior class coming in. Ragsdale didn't bring up many of last year's sophomores up to the varsity team last season because he wanted to keep that group together.
"Our juniors have not lost a football game in high school," Ragsdale said. "They went 9-0 as freshmen and 9-0 as sophomores."
The goals for the 2011 season can be categorized in the "lofty" section.
"We want to win our section (Division III, Section III)," Ragsdale said. "After that, make the playoffs and eventually hold the golden ball (state championship trophy). That's our goal every year. That's what we want to do. The seniors have stated that many times. If your goal is not to be the state champion, I don't know why you're playing."
But first, Campo Verde wants to make a big bang in the first game of the season.
"I also graduated from Apache Junction so yeah, it is more significant," Ragsdale said. "But I do not want to put so much focus on it that if we do not do well, that'll mean we'll have a horrible season. Still, we do want to go to Davis Field and beat Apache Junction."