Each week, I make the trek out to a school in the Metro Phoenix area to watch, tweet, take photos, and report on a game involving 6A or 5A teams. Last week, Hamilton pulled away in the third quarter to chalk up a 44-21 victory on the road at Chaparral. This week, I stay in the 6A and go out to East Mesa. The site is Red Mountain HS as the Mountain Lions play host to the Cesar Chavez Champions. Cesar Chavez (1-0) finished its series with East HS out of Anchorage, beating the Thunderbirds soundly, 53-0. Lucas Arnds, in his second year as the starting QB, passed for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also ran for a pair of scores. Senior Jaleel Walker (128 yards) had a pair of TD catches. Deavon Crawford, in his first game for the Champions after transferring from Chaparral, caught a TD pass and Tyraill Carrethers rushed for 2 TDs and had 91 yards. Chavez has distinguished itself as the best team from the Phoenix Union High School District going 31-15 over the past 4 years. The Champions also test themselves in non-region competition. However, the team is still looking for that signature win. In the last 4 years, CCHS is 0-12 against SE Valley teams with half of those being decided by 10 or fewer points. Last season, Chavez lost to Queen Creek by just 9. Red Mountain (1-0) started its year off with a 34-14 road win at Desert Ridge, making someone look bad for calling for the upset as he selected the Jaguars as his Underdog of the Week (ok, it was me). A big second quarter staked the Mountain Lions to a 28-7 halftime lead. Senior Hyrum Boren threw a TD pass in his first varsity start (to Jared Wilson, who had 107 yards). For the first time, the Lions had their RB tandem together, eligible, and healthy. Deonce Elliott joined RMHS last year, but had to sit the first half after his transfer from Desert Ridge. When Elliott was able to play, Ty McElroy was still recovering from an injury. Last week, the duo combined for 24 carries and 134 yards. McElroy scored 2 TDs. Perhaps more impressive, was the Lions' defense. It held Desert Ridge, which most people expected to air it out this year, to 136 passing yards (and 247 total yards of offense). Junior George Ramirez did a little bit of everything for Red Mountain. He made 5 tackles, had a sack, blocked a punt, punted once, and even completed his only pass of the game for 40 yards (and a touchdown) to Daniel Butler. Check back on Saturday morning to see which team improves its record to 2-0.