Arizona High School Football Season 2022: The Ultimate Guide

The Shadow Mountain Matadors take the field to play the Tempe Buffaloes at Shadow Mountain High on August 19, 2022.
The Shadow Mountain Matadors take the field to play the Tempe Buffaloes at Shadow Mountain High on August 19, 2022.
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The Arizona high school football season is underway and a lot has changed since last year. Schools may have moved up or down in a conference, players and coaches have transferred to different programs, and new contenders have emerged to challenge the defending conference champions. With so much going on, The Republic has created a one-stop shop for subscribers-only high school football content for fans.

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Here is your ultimate guide to the 2022 Arizona high school football season:

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best rankings

The 10 best teams in the Republic by conference: 1A conference | conference 2A | 3A conference | 4A conference | 5A conference | conference 6A | open split

The 10 best long snappers in the Republic: Take a look at the best snappers to watch this year.

Top 10 kickers, punters: Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 Arizona high school football punters and punters to watch during the 2022 season.

Top 12 Impact Transfers: Transfers occur every year. It’s inevitable, and even more so now that the NCAA doesn’t penalize Division I athletes for making moves.

Round Valley High School's domed stadium in Eagar, Arizona hosts a track field and soccer field at the school.
Round Valley High School’s domed stadium in Eagar, Arizona hosts a track field and soccer field at the school.
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Top 10 stadiums to see: More and more high schools in Arizona are turning to synthetic surfaces. But certain places still keep the mystique of watching a football game.

Top 10 Dynamic Duos: Everyone needs a wingman, it seems, and that’s what it takes to be successful on the football field.

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Top 10 Game Changers: Whether on offense or defense, there are always men’s teams that have to worry about having an impact on every play. They are game changers.

Top 10 quarterbacks: Arizona is home to some of the most talented quarterbacks in the country.

Top 10 wide receivers: Here is a list of the most skilled wide receivers for the 2022 Arizona high school football season.

Top 10 Runners: Here is a list of the best running backs playing this season of Arizona high school football.

Top 10 offensive linemen: Let’s turn our attention to the guys who get the least amount of notoriety, those fearless warriors who work hard in the trenches so that slick guys can make headlines.

Tempe Buffaloes Bryan Stroughter (3) reacts after intercepting a Shadow Mountain Matadors pass at Shadow Mountain High on August 19, 2022.
Tempe Buffaloes Bryan Stroughter (3) reacts after intercepting a Shadow Mountain Matadors pass at Shadow Mountain High on August 19, 2022.
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Top 10 defensive linemen: Now it’s time to get past the guys in the trenches on the defensive end.

Top 10 Tight Ends: These are hybrids that can move based on the system, hand on the ground to block and come out for passes or split outside and be a great target down the middle or come out of the slot with great strength and athleticism.

Top 10 athletes: Whether it’s offense, defense or special teams, these players can do it all.

Top 10 unsung heroes: Every high school football team needs one: a kid who pushes boundaries, who goes above and beyond to help make an impact, whether on the team or in the community.

Top 10 Rivalry Games: Rivalry week is always the best week of the Arizona high school football season with the spectacle and the overflow crowds. Let’s look at the best rivalries to watch during the AIA 2022 season.

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Top 10 defensive backs: Let’s look at the last layer of defense, the high school kids.

Top 10 Linebackers: Now, let’s look at the best linebackers.

Top 10 Returns Specialists: The latest specialists and position rankings are here with the returning men.

San Tan Charter junior quarterback Zayden Neill (12) passes the ball to a teammate on the Veritas Prep football field on August 26, 2022.
San Tan Charter junior quarterback Zayden Neill (12) passes the ball to a teammate on the Veritas Prep football field on August 26, 2022.
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Richard Obert’s weekly predictions, conclusions and more

Selections, predictions: Week 2 | week 3

Major takeaways: Week 1 | week 2

Burning Questions: Week 1 | Week 2 | week 3

The Republic High School Reporters:

Ricardo Obert: Twitter: @azc_obert | Email: [email protected]

Theo Mackie: Twitter: @theo_mackie | Email: [email protected]

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