The Arizona high school football season kicks off this Saturday, Aug. 20, with two games at the University of Phoenix Stadium involving four of the top teams in Arizona and Nevada.
The first game, at 3 p.m., will pit Show Low, last year’s Arizona Division 3A champion, against Moapa Valley, the 2010 Nevada 3A runner-up. The second game, at 7:30 p.m., will feature two of the top teams in the nation: Chaparral, the 2010 Arizona 5A II champion against Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School, the defending Nevada 4A champion. Chaparral is currently ranked 10th in the nation and Bishop Gorman 11th in the ESPNHS preseason poll.
The high school football doubleheader is part of the 6th annual Barry Sollenberger Classic. Sollenberger, a long-time AIA official and founder of Phoenix Metro Football magazine, passed away in June 2005 while jogging on his 60th birthday. He was widely considered to be the leading authority on Arizona high school football and its history.
Tickets for the Sollenberger Classic are $10 for adults, $6 for students (ages 6-18) and children 5 and younger will be admitted free. Admission covers both games. Tickets are available at the University of Phoenix Stadium ticket office and TicketMaster.com.
If you cannot make the games, you can watch Show Low vs. Moapa Valley here and Chaparral v. Bishop Gorman here on aia365.com. The Chaparral vs. Bishop Gorman game also will be broadcast locally on Fox Sports Arizona and nationally on the Fox Sports Networks. — Dan Barr