Wild Weather = Fun Game For The Bears



The Basha Bears enjoyed a first round play off victory over Tucson High 55-0 Friday night at Basha. Wild wind and showers kept it very interesting for both teams and all the fans. Basha had the wind to start the game and jumped on the Badgers 21-0 behind Rajhan Meriwethers running and two TD passes by Kyle Duran. In the second quarter the Bears drove it 89 yards into a stiff wind to take a 24 to zero halftime lead.


The Basha defense once again pitched a shut out but had to stop Tucson 4 times inside the 2 yard line to end the first half. What a great goal line stand by our defense who did an excellent job all night. Levi LeBaron, Brandon Shaw, Zach Denney, Ricky Fuess, Terrell Harrison, Justin Burns, Alex Benites, Zach Dehart, and Jake Johnson all had a very good night are are starting to understand their improvement  and technique is vital to our team. I am very proud of the defense and their understanding about “team play.”


The offensive line once again paved the way for an outstanding effort by sophomore running back Rajhan Meriwether who had 225 yards and 3 TD’s. The line was led by seniors Evan Sarver, Drew Mahooty, and Jerad Humphries, and underclassmen Luis Mejia, Ivan Sanchez, and Alex Winter.


It was a fun victory and we are looking for great improvement this week heading into the quarter-final round of the state play offs. We have the # 2 ranked Brophy Broncos Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Phoenix College.


It is going to take our best effort of the year to be on the field with Brophy. They are very disciplined and very well coached and do not make mistakes. We need your support to make the trip and cheer the Bears on.


See you at the game.  bb


Basha had a very good night against an undermanned Maryvale team on Friday night. Two punt return TD’s by Devin Reed and 4 quick offensive TD’s got things going quick. The Bears started pulling starters with three minutes to go in the first quarter.

Starting left tackle Evan Sarver was finally back from an injury and played the first three series as Basha celebrated Senior night and honored all of its 23 seniors before the game. Everyone dressed saw extensive action during the game and it was a fun way to finish the regular season and send us into the play offs.

Devin Reed had two punt return TD’s and an 80 yard interception return called back by penalty and Nate Phillips had three quick TD’s and 149 yards in three catches.

I thought our lines on both sides of the ball did a good job and that is where this game is won or lost. Scoring 69 points and shutting them out is a good prep for hard work on Monday.

Basha enters the play offs as a # 7 seed and will play Tucson High in the first round at home on Friday night at 7 p.m.. Tucson has a good football team with talented skill players and we must continue to prepare well, tackle well, line up properly and execute on offense and defense.

We are very excited to be in the state tournament and it will be up to our players to see how we accept the challenge. We hope to see all of you on Friday night.



Tucson High School Badgers

Basha High School Bears

Opponent Result
55 – 0Win
52 – 14Loss
49 – 0Loss
49 – 7Win
20 – 10Win
13 – 10Win
49 – 22Win
36 – 15Loss
40 – 27Win
42 – 14Win
Opponent Result
52 – 7Win
55 – 28Win
65 – 29Win
58 – 41Win
45 – 0Win
49 – 17Win
63 – 24Loss
56 – 38Loss
44 – 14Loss
69 – 0Win



Thursday night loss to Hamilton had many encouraging signs for the bears. The defensive line gave excellent effort and played much better technique along with very good effort. Those players include:  Levi LeBaron, Brandon Shaw, Zac Dahart, Terrell Harrison, and Daniel Tant. Although continued improvement will be made, they played hard.

With the d-line doing their job, it made a world of difference for the Lbers on Thursday. All three were double digit tacklers and played well. Tanner Graves, Blake Tamarkin, and Garrett Kaiser did a really nice job. Also, Dalton Krum played an excellent game at corner and Brock Davis had his best game of his Basha career.

Offensively, there were some bright spots. Again, the offensive line did a very good job both pass protecting and running the ball. Those players are Alex Winter, Drew Mahooty, Luis Mejia, Ivan Sanchez, and Jerad Humphries.

We will have an excellent week of practice and continue to work on our techniques both players and ALL of us coaches. We will honor our seniors and parents on Friday night vs. Maryvale. See you there.

GO BEARS!    bb

Offense clicks as Hamilton downs Basha

Kyle Odegard | Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:09 pm

Uh oh. Now Hamilton’s offense is rolling, too.

The state’s best defense was up to its usual tricks, but it was the performance on the other side of the ball that must have the team really feeling good about itself at this point.

The top-ranked Huskies rolled up 29 first downs and 527 yards of offense in a 44-14 victory over No. 9 Basha, as Hamilton went on the road and dispatched yet another quality opponent.

With only one starter returning on offense, Hamilton (9-0) knew it might take awhile for everyone to jell, but now with the postseason on the horizon, the Huskies may have just played their most complete game of the year.

Kendyl Taylor had 17 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown and nine catches for 86 yards. Quarterback Blake Kemp was 18-of-25 for 241 yards and scored three total touchdowns.

The secondary shined again, as Cole Luke, Bobby Milus and Josiah Pola each intercepted Basha quarterback Kyle Duran. Milus also had a fumble recovery.

There wasn’t a facet of the game lacking for Hamilton as it seems more than ready to gun for a fourth straight championship in a couple weeks.

“We just played an overall really good football game,” Hamilton coach Steve Belles said.

The game was tied at 7 early, but Hamilton scored 17 points in the second quarter to go into halftime ahead 24-7. Marcus Jones scored on an 8-yard run with 1:30 remaining in the quarter, and then after a stop, the Huskies executed its two-minute offense to perfection, getting close enough for Daniel Wichman to hit a 39-yard field goal as time expired.

Basha cut the lead to 24-14 when J.J. Husar scored from a yard out with 6:14 remaining in the third quarter, but Kemp answered with a 2-yard quarterback sneak on Hamilton’s ensuing possession, and the Bears (6-2) would not score again.

Basha moved the ball well at times, but the four turnovers were too much to overcome.

“They did a nice job,” Basha coach Bernie Busken said of Hamilton’s defensive backs. “We didn’t get open enough, and we just can’t throw it up in the air.”

After running back Clayton Stanchik went down with a knee injury against Chandler, Belles made it a point to start involving Taylor more in the running game. He had the most carries of anyone on the team for the most yards. There were also several quick passes to him on the outside when he lined up at wide receiver.

“With Clayton going down, that was one more weapon we couldn’t use,” Taylor said. “To instrument me more into the game plan was good.”

Just’n Thymes added four catches for 96 yards and a score.

Basha had a big win against Chandler early in the season and started the year 6-0, but has since dropped three straight.

“Now we’re basically in sudden death,” Busken said. “If we lose, we’re done. Honestly, anything can happen with us.”

Catalyst Sale

What Are We Looking For ?


After two disappointing losses the last two weeks we are experiencing a few different type of attitudes. First, taking responsibility for the way we do things as a player, coach, or family member is all of our individual responsibility.  Fixing the problem and improving as a team are the most important things that should be happening.

As the head coach, I evaluate everything in our program every week. The calls on offense, defense, kicking game, players in the right positions, injuries, illness, vacations during the season, who is doing the right things trying to play their positions, why they won’t or don’t want to play, or just can’t play, are there problems at home, did they break up with their girlfriend and now they cannot concentrate, are they involved in doing things outside of football and home that are causing part of the problem, so it is important to have a lot of information.

We were embarrassed by our play the last two weeks and if you saw what I see on the film you would be too. Missed blocks, poor passes, poor tackling, misalignment on defense, not doing the things that you as a player are assigned to do, not covering receivers, kicking the ball out of bounds, and being selfish and worried about “ME” and not our team is a huge problem. All of us need to do better !

Where could we have learned to not be concerned about our team??  I was very disappointed about the way many of our parents and supporters have acted and the comments and things that come out of their mouth for the entire season. So when a high school player gets home and hears the utter garbage that is coming out, how do you think it helps have a good attitude at practice?

We have a tremendous amount of “coaches and experts” in the stands and at home and I can assure you it is a hard pill to swallow when the little darling isn’t doing the job. So it must be someone else’s fault but not my child. It damages people and it is wrong. So how about pulling together instead of apart? No one wants to help, no one wants to be around, and screaming at players and coaches is an embarrassment to all.

Selfishness and finger pointing is a cancer, What would be wrong with support??

I am not interested in socializing with parents or having a drink with you, I am interested in helping young men get better and doing our best, have a great program, compete as hard as we can, and try to be state champions.



Catalyst Sale

Perry sticks to the plan

A laugh, but not a doubt.

A few weeks ago, Perry coach Preston Jones watched Chandler and Basha put up points like they were on clearance.

It was not only the speed and skill players on both teams, but the knowledge that his Pumas have one kid over 200 pounds on the offensive line, and two defensive ends no more than 170 pounds playing in Division II.


But the more film he watched in the last two weeks that led up to Friday night’s 56-38 win over Division I-Basha, the more things Perry picked up as potentially advantageous.

“I thought we would have to have things go our way because they’re so much more athletic and talented,” Jones said Saturday. “I love our kids to death but we’re not in the same universe physically.”

Mentally, however, they were. They found a game plan that required discipline and – let’s be honest – a few Basha turnovers Perry needed to have for even a shot.

That’s exactly what happened. Josh Uhlorn (280 yards passing and five touchdown, 145 yards rushing and a touchdown, two interceptions on defense and a two-point conversion) is becoming the best two-way player you’ve probably never heard of, and an offseason/preseason full of adversity-related and mental toughness drills, Perry pulled the rug out from a bigger, faster, deeper team.

Uhlorn, the only returning offensive starter from 2010, has an Ivy-League future, with or without sports. He can do it all, and he does.

“Yeah, I didn’t expect us to go into the game and not punt,” said a chuckling Jones, although the Pumas haven’t punted much this season. “… I’d be surprised if (Uhlorn’s) not our best basketball player and track athlete. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime kid to coach. Competitively, smarts and savvy, I’d take him over any QB in the state. Holy smokes.”

Nobody outside the Perry locker room saw this coming, and you have to wonder if even a few of the coaches or kids themselves really believed in the pit of their stomachs that, at 6 p.m. Friday, victory was a reasonable proposition.

Jones thought so, and he credited Missouri coach Gary Pinkel for teaching a few things to Jones that his staff and kids use to enhance mental and psychological strength. Though cryptic on details, it revolves around situations that require mental and physical strain while fatigued or otherwise-distracted. Jones swears by them and preparation as a gateway to confidence.

With Phoenix Goldwater and McClintock left, Perry has an excellent chance to enter the Division II playoffs on a six-game winning streak.

That would make for a confident bunch, but “chance” being the operative word, which is where Uhlorn and those mental drills come in handy.

“This game means nothing without the next one,” Jones said. “The kids know that.”


The Basha Bears did not answer the call for the game against Desert Ridge on Thursday night. Following the opening two drives where the Bears were on top 10-7 the Bears did not seem to be interested in playing and suffered a humiliating 63-24 loss.

Desert Ridge played super and was highly motivated and very few attempted to play for Basha. There is no reason for it and no excuses.

The strength of Basha has been our hard working, team concept where we love, trust, and rely on each other to do our job. That has not been very evident for about 3 weeks and we need to understand again what makes us different.

Our young men have endured looking at Thursday’s game and the painful reality of poor effort and have been on the practice field working to correct our mistakes.

When we do our assignments we are a very good team and when we do not we are a poor team. So we need everyone’s help to get back down to earth and the right hungry attitude to correct our mistakes.

See you Friday at Perry.   bb

Desert Ridge impresses in rout of Basha


After last week’s upset loss to Red Mountain, some were beginning to ask whether Desert Ridge was a one-hit wonder.

The Jaguars made a Cinderella run to last year’s 5A Division I championship as a No. 10 seed, but after a 3-0 start this year, had lost handily to Hamilton and then in a close one to Red Mountain two weeks later to drop to 4-2.

But there’s no disputing No. 8 Desert Ridge’s place among the contenders after a thorough 63-24 waxing of No. 4 Basha on Thursday night at Desert Ridge.

The Bears were undefeated on the season heading into the contest, but Joey Counts, Parker Rasmussen and Jordan Becerra diced up their defense in the easy victory.

“We had a big wakeup call from Red Mountain last week,” said Rasmussen, who was suspended for that game after getting ejected against Skyline the week prior. “We committed to playing with more intensity and playing for each other, and it showed.”

Basha (6-1) had an early 10-7 lead until Desert Ridge scored four straight touchdowns to take control. Basha quarterback Kyle Duran found Keenan Garland on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 4:37 left in the second quarter ton cut the deficit to 35-17, but Becerra answered with a 4-yard touchdown run to push the lead up to 25 points at halftime, and Desert Ridge (5-2) cruised.

Rasmussen had 166 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 128 passing yards and another score before leaving the game early in the third quarter with a right shoulder injury.

Rasmussen had it wrapped in ice after the game, but called the injury a bruise and said he could have returned to the game if needed.

Becerra added 155 yards on the ground with three scores and caught four passes for 74 yards. Counts had 126 yards rushing and two scores as Desert Ridge outgained Basha 466-30 on the ground.

“They just whipped our butts,” Basha coach Bernie Busken said.

Basha’s offense came into the game averaging 54 points, but struggled in this one. Duran was only 12-of-31 for 124 yards with two touchdowns an an interception before leaving the game late in the third quarter after getting tackled on a pitch to Nate Phillips.

Busken said the injury was to Duran’s knee and ankle, but wasn’t too serious.

Duran was pressured all night by Desert Ridge defensive linemen Damani Moseby and Alex Barrett. The Jaguars had five sacks.

“That was one of the best defensive performances I’ve ever seen,” Desert Ridge coach Jeremy Hathcock said.

Becerra and Rasmussen played together in the secondary instead of alternating like usual, and they, combined with safety Anthony Havorka, helped keep the Basha passing game in check.

“All the film we watched of them, they were just airing it out,” Rasmussen said. “Touchdown after touchdown. Everyone did their job and it worked out.”

Garland had eight catches for 78 yards and a score to lead the Bears.