A new president in waiting, a financial industry bust and real estate prices continue to fall.

But the big story is the Arizona State 4A-I High School football championship game will be next Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium between Scottsdale arch rivals Saguaro High School and Chaparral High School.

Saguaro is currently running a 32 game winning streak including 2 state championships!

It used to be Chaparral was the sole football powerhouse in Scottsdale earning several state championships, the most recent in 2002.

The kids in the southern part of McCormick Ranch go to Saguaro while the kids in the northern part of McCormick Ranch go to Chaparral (Via Ventura is more or less the borderline). Ditto Paradise Valley; the south kids go to Saguaro and the north kids go to Chaparral. In addition, McDowell Mountain Ranch kids go to Saguaro while DC Ranch kids go to Chaparral. (In fact, kids can go to any public school they want to in the State but these are the catchment areas.) Scottsdale Unified School District high school boundary map.

On October 17, then #1 Saguaro met then #3 Chaparral in what we thought was the last McCormick Ranch Bowl because next year Chaparral moves up to Class 5A Division II with its larger student body. Saguaro won 21-0. That was Chaparral’s only loss of the season.

In the semi-finals on Friday, Saguaro beat Peoria 17-14 (don’t miss the video) and Chaparral beat Tucson Canyon Del Oro 13-7 (don’t miss the extra photos).

What a storybook ending to this great rivalry, the Arizona State Championship Game!

Good luck kids! You’re all winners in my book.

2008-2009 4A Division I Arizona State Football Championship Game

Scottsdale Saguaro (13-0) vs. Scottsdale Chaparral (12-1)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
3:00 PM
Sun Devil Stadium – ASU