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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 3:00 pm

Americans love lists and when it involves rankings all the better.

Not sure who started it, but readers devour them like they are cupcakes.

They are tasty and have no redeeming calories whatsoever.

David Letterman has been doing it forever and The Associated Press has had a college football poll since 1934.

Good lists, depending on the subject, cause debate.

And that's what we hope to do here as the Ahwatukee Foothills News/East Valley Tribune release its Division I preseason football poll.

1. Hamilton - The Huskies, owners of a 40-game winning streak, will go for a fourth straight title, and while the offensive line must be rebuilt, players like WR Kendyl Taylor, DL Jaxon Hood and DB Reggie Daniels make Hamilton the team to beat once again.

2. Desert Ridge - The Jaguars made a surprise run to the title game last season as a No. 10 seed, and return RB Joey Counts, QB/WR Jordan Becerra and WR/QB Parker Rasmussen as they look to challenge Hamilton again.

3. Brophy - Injuries ravaged the Broncos last season, but 13 starters, including QB Tyler Bruggman, WR Devon Allen and DB Robert Relf, return from last year's state quarterfinalists.

4. Mountain Pointe - The team is solid all around, but the loss of QB Kyle Faunce to transfer leaves a void offensively. Super sophomore DB/WR Jalen Brown should have a big impact on both sides of the ball this season.

5. Chandler - UCLA-bound QB Brett Hundley is gone, but the Wolves may have eight D-I signees, including WR Javon Williams and DL Kisima Jagne. Shaun Aguano takes over as coach following Jim Ewan's retirement.

6. Desert Vista - QB Hunter Rodriguez and RB Mike Arredondo return to lead the offense, and four of the top five tacklers from a season ago are back after least year's run to the 5A-I semifinals.

7. Westview - The Knights made the 5A-II semifinals last season and were tied with Chaparral at the half before succumbing. RB Seivon Morris is a star, and LB Chuks Amaechi is back to anchor the defense.

8. Mesquite - RB Anthony Lopez, QB Steven Bevan, TE Kody Kohl and LB Josh Bamrick return, but the Wildcats must replace the majority of its offensive and defensive lines as well as coach Mike Reardon.

9. Basha - QB Kyle Duran and WR Nate Phillips will be a duo to watch, but defensive stalwarts Dhane Cumberledge and Zach Williams are gone. The Bears need to run the ball better than they did a season ago.

10. Red Mountain - The Mountain Lions welcome transfer WR Marcus Brantley to go with TE Billy Freeman as solid targets for junior QB Mason Thorman. The defense is young but athletic.

So there it is.

Our first step in trying to predict what the Division I landscape will be, but don't hold us to it.

There has been a lot of movement - players and coaches - since the end of the 2010 season.

It's hard to make judgements based on 7-on-7 drills, preseason forms and program trends.

But that's what we are attempting to do here but putting it together in a rankings list.

And everyone loves a good list.

• Tribune staff writers Kyle Odegard and Mark Heller contributed

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or

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