A lot of great players have played for Mesa High - Scott Baker, a current assistant coach, a second generation Mesa High player, put together a list of the top players who went through Mesa. He went by observation and stories handed down to him from relatives.

Baker was a ball boy at Mesa High in 1976 when he was 6. His parents went to Mesa High. He was one of 23 Bakers from his father's side who graduated from Mesa. Twelve from his mom's side graduated from Mesa. His dad Chuck played for Mutt Ford in the mid-1950s. His uncle Bill played in the late '40s and early '50s. Another uncle played with Whizzer White in the '40s.

Scott said he probably missed only 45 Mesa High games in his 41 years, most of those coming when he served a two-year Mormon church mission and helping coach at Snowflake High for a year.

The numeral clock at Jackrabbits Stadium will always be a landmark that sticks out in his mind. Here are his favorite all-time Jackrabbits:

No. 1 Whizzer White, RB, 1944-46.

No. 2 Warren Livingston, RB, 1954-56

No. 3 Andy Livingston, RB, 1959-61

No. 4 Vai Sikahema, RB, 1977-79

No. 5 Mickey Hatcher, WR/K, 1971-73

No. 6 Robert Holcombe, RB, 1992-93

No. 7 Mikel Moreno, QB/LB, 1991-93

No. 8 Tom Pace, QB/RB, 1993-95

No. 9 JR Taylor, WR, 1998-2000

No. 10 Deuce Lutui, OL, 1999-2001

No. 11 Steve McKane, C/LB, 1990-92

No. 12 Grady Benton, QB, 1988-90

No. 13 Cary Palmer, QB, 1973-75


The focus of high school football fans is usually on the games. But a big part of the experience comes before kickoff. Pregame traditions and rituals help weave the fabric of a prep football team. There are a variety of purposes for these traditions: To unify, to inspire and to excite. See the team do the traditional Haka HERE.

CARRY ON -Traditions at Mesa include  singing "Carry On" at the end of every home athletic event.  MHS even holds a traditions assembly in honor to Zedo Ishikawa who coined the school's slogan "Carry On". Zedo died breaking up a fight between two dogs when his shotgun accidentally fired. In his last words he stated "I don't think I'll make it to the Gilbert game tomorrow night, so tell Coach Cutchie and the boys to "CARRY ON". Every year students are told the story at the traditions assembly! VIDEO

A prospective student-athlete  who is looking to participate in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or Division II institution in the future must go through the NCAA Eligibility Center HERE


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GAME 10 - DESERT MOUNTAIN TOPS MESA - No. 10 Desert Mountain closed out the 2013 regular season with a comfortable 31-17 win over Mesa High.


GAME 9- SKYLINE RALLIES PAST MESA - The Coyotes (6-3) capped a 94-yard drive with a 1-yard run by Logan Ruppert with 2:02 left to beat Mesa 17-10 on Friday.GALLERY



2013 JACKRABBIT OUTLOOK  By Mark Heller, Tribune  The hope, as Mesa coach Kelley Moore said, is to go"back to what we do best."

That means tough, physical and scrappy football, and for a program which has struggled mightily in the standings since its remarkable run to the Class 5A-I state championship game in 2009, the Jackrabbits have faith (a word used often) they're headed in the right direction.

It might be foolish to associate complete "success" with the program based purely on wins and losses, but Moore knows that element exists to a degree, and despite having few returning starters back on either side of the ball to begin 2013, he likes what he sees.

He believes the lines (offensive and defensive) and chemistry are much improved from a year ago, and it helps having one of the best centers in the East Valley in Robert Schrock along with tackle Chris Martin back. The same can be said defensively with Schrock and Samiuela Taueli at defensive tackle.

The staff also saw changes. Former Desert Ridge and Tucson High coach Vince Smith is assisting Moore (mostly on the offensive line), along with former Gilbert coach and one-time Mesquite defensive coordinator Leland Rodgers, who's running the JV program and help on varsity.

Depth and experience could be issues with this group, and matchups against Red Mountain, Highland, Mountain View, Desert Ridge and Desert Mountain makes for tough sledding, particularly in the final month of the season.

The road back to weekly competitiveness will be windy, but rarely do things ever fall into a straight line for Mesa.

Kyler Fackrell named freshman All-Americans - (January 10, 2013)  The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) casted ballots on the top freshman in college football, and a former Mesa standout made the national squad.

Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell (Mesa) was named to the Defense. Fackrell had 87 tackles (28 solo) at Utah State, along with eight tackles for loss, three sacks, three interceptions, six passes defended, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. Utah State went 11-2 and won the Idaho Potato Bowl.