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
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
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
TRADITION OF THE HAKA
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
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
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
Fear the Pass....
Fear the Hit....
GAME 10 - DESERT MOUNTAIN TOPS MESA - No. 10 Desert Mountain
closed out the 2013 regular season with a comfortable 31-17 win over
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
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
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
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.
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.