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.”

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I hope everyone enjoyed the season opener against Corona Del Sol, what a great start to the season. I am looking for a few responsable parents or students that would like to join me in helping tweet the games, some of the Facebook interaction and possible some website help.


This year I will have limited time to Tweet the Freshman and JV games but understand that there are parents out there that as my self may not be able to make one of the games but they can follow it on twitter on their phone, pad or tablet while at work. I need few people that will take the time dutring the games I will not be able to make to get those tweets out…


I have been working on some new interactive pages for Basha with a new application that will pull data from the website and few other places, its not finished yet but in the next few weeks we will have the best Facebook in the state. I would like a few students that are willing to get photos from the Pep Rallies at school and organize some student pride on the page and get a good following with picture of pre game days for everyone to to see including the parents who follow your Bears on Facebook.



Yes the website again I am looking for those who want to be a part of helping get the word out about one of the best teams in the state. I need pictures, stories and funny stuff I can add to the website to give it the the petina of the school. We want it to seep and ooze of school spirit, so send me your pics from the games and stories and I will see where I can implement them…what a way to help your Bears and the web master get information on the website faster and with better quality content.


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Thanks for all the help and we look forward to a stellar year on all three levels with our Basha Bears.


Jori Husar.

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The Basha Bears want to recognize two outstanding young men with the 2010 Scholarship Award Winners.  This year an additional scholarship was offered along with the annual Jason Earl State Farm scholarship which has been given out for the past few years.  The Basha Football Boosters handed out its first annual scholarship to a football player who met certain guidelines set forth by the Boosters.

The Winner of the Jason Earl State Farm Scholarship for 2010 season was Dean Vo
The Winner of the Basha Booster Scholarship for 2010 season was John Tanguay

Both of these tremendous young men stand for what Basha football is all about.  They led not only on the field, but in the classrooms as well as are both very active within the school supporting other programs and getting involved with school spirit.

Congrats go out to both young men!!!!! Remember to keep us posted next year while you are in college.

On Dec. 19th members of the Basha Bears football program joined hundreds of others to raise awareness and money for research for Mitochondrial Disease here in Arizona.  The First Annual Walk held at Kiwanis Park, was a huge success raising over $40,000 for research.

Althought we did not have a huge presence at the walk, the players and families who participated, had a great time interacting with others and taking some time out before the holidays to make a difference.  Since this was the first annual of the walk, the Basha Football Program made a commitment to make this an annual thing and will continue to support the fight for Mitochondrial Disease.

The Players who participated in this years event were:

Seniors – Zach Williams(#99) and John Tanguay(#55)
Juniors – Blake Tamarkin(#95), Drew Mahooty(#78), Bryce Cole (#18) and Alex Benites (#52)

Next Years event will be held in November with more details to come later.

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The 2010 Varsity Football Season saw a number of awards being handed out.  The Bears had a number of players mentioned for all region and all state teams.  Our Coach was named Central Region Coach of the Year, and we had the best overall regular season record in school history at 9-1.

We would like to recognize the 2010 Varsity Awards Banquet Winners:

Most Improved Player – Dean Vo
Most Valuable Offensive Player – Kyle Duran
Most Valuable Defensive Player – Joey Hutchinson
Eddie Basha Award – John Tanguay

Congrats boys you had a great year and were rewarded for your efforts on and off the field.

2010 Central Region

All Region Football Teams

1st Team Defense 2nd Team Defense
DL – Dhane Cumberledge DL – Efrin Tellez
LB – Zach Williams DB – Bryce Cole (Jr.)
LB – Joey Hutchison
DB – Devin Reed (Jr.)
Honorable Mention:
Boston Whitlow, David Morales
1st Team Offense 2nd Team Offense
OL – Drew Mahooty (Jr.) OL – Evan Sarver (Jr.)
TE – Dejzon Walker OL – Nate Gardner
WR – Nate Phillips (Soph.) WR – Keenan Garland  (Jr.)
RB – Myles Smith (Soph.)
Honorable Mention:
John Tanguay, Dean Vo, Matt Horton

2010 Central Region Offensive Player of the Year
QB – Kyle Duran (Jr.) – Kyle led all of 5A football in passing yards, QB efficiency rating, and TD passes, for 2010.

2010 Central Region Coach of The Year
Bernie Busken – Coach Busken garnered Region Coach of the Year status for the 6th time in his eight years as an Arizona High School coach. His overall record in Arizona is an impressive 91 wins and 11 losses.

“What a great thrill to lead Basha High Football and a great group of young men. We are building something special here at Basha and look forward to the future.” – Coach Busken

A very hard fought week for the Basha Football program. Our 9th grade team fell to Hamilton in an exciting football game with several outstanding performances. Rajhon Meriwether again was spectacular and solid play was turned in by Zach Werlinger and Wesley Sutton, Zach Rucas, Ivan Sanchez, and Jake Carlin. It is very interesting watching these games each week and fun to see the players grow, improve and watch different people step up each week. We want our freshmen to continue to work hard and keep getting better and look forward to having ALL the players step up in the same game!!!!!!!  KEEP UP THE HARD WORK. (more…)