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Arizona HS football: Previewing regions 3A Metro West, 3A North

Arizona Republic logo Arizona Republic 8/5/2019 Richard Obert

It's time for two-a-days, a continuing series, examining each region in Arizona for the 2019 high school football season.

3A Metro West Region

The teams: Phoenix Bourgade Catholic, Buckeye Odyssey Institute, Surprise Paradise Honors, Chandler Valley Christian, Yuma Catholic.

The favorite: Yuma Catholic. The one-two punch of QB Gage Reese (7,398 career passing yards, 94 TDs) and RB Ean Chavez is a great start for a team that lost in three overtimes to Northwest Christian in the state final.

The contender: Valley Christian. Great athleticism but unproven in the trenches.

The sleeper: Odyssey Institute. Returns eight offensive starters, led by RB Chris Weaver, from an 8-3 team.

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The star: Yuma Catholic senior RB Ean Chavez. He ran for 1,458 yards and 24 TDs and caught 55 passes for 1,121 yards and 13 TDs last season.

The date: Aug. 30, Yuma Catholic is home for Northwest Christian, one of the greatest small-school football rivalries.

3A North

The teams: Chinle, Ganado, Kayenta Monument Valley, Page, Tuba City, Fort Defiance Window Rock.

The favorite: Page. Got on the map last year beating five quality programs, including Valley Christian, Florence and Tucson Pusch Ridge.

The contender: Monument Valley. Watch for a big resurgence behind sophomore Andrew Sheppard, who can escape pressure and could be one of the top 2022 QBs in Arizona.

The sleeper: Ganado. Junior RB Tony Shirley ran for 1,000 yards and scored 15 TDs last  year.

The star: Page junior QB/CB Robert Smith. He had four 100-yard rushing games during 10-2 season

The date: Nov. 1, Page plays at Monument Valley, likely for the North title.

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