Quick overview from the Arizona media sources:
Coyotes return their best player, FS/RB/KR Jaydin Young, who had 15 TDs last season and two more tubs in a much closer than expected season opener against Queen Creek (AZ) Casteel two weeks ago (34-27).
The offense returns its state champion QB, 5-10 172lb Sr dual-threat lefty Jonathan Morris. The other biggest skill threat on offense is senior 6-3 WR Dyelan Miller, who is being heavily recruited by Arizona and who the Arizona Republic says may be the best WR to ever play at the school (3 year starter). Per the Republic, the three returning OLine starters in juniors Caiden Miles, Oscar Abundis and Filipo Teofilo, are a combined 930 pounds.
The defense lost seven starters from the dominant unit last season, but does return Young (3 INT in 2018) and senior 5-10 CB Eric Haney (also a WR) to the secondary. Senior 5-11 DT Xavier Garcia also returns (had the game ending QB pressure v Casteel) as does senior 6-1 DE/OLB Derek Jodarski. 6-2 junior and Chicago-area transfer Bryson Thomas is at LB.
Head coach Richard Taylor has been in position almost as long as Rollo (29th year) and seems resigned to this likely not being a successful hunt for his Coyotes: “Whatever happens, this will be something our kids can talk about the rest of their lives. This game will give us the opportunity to really see where we are at.”
My favorite Taylor quote on this one: “When I told my wife we were going to do that (game), she said, ‘I think you’re getting too big for your britches,”’ Taylor said. “I said, ‘I have no illusion that I think we’re going to go out there and push these guys around. But can you imagine Mater Dei coming to Centennial High School?’ She goes, ‘Oh, that is kind of cool.’”