Head to Head with Football Rivals Chandler High School and Hamilton High School 1

Two teams, one goal in mind: state championship.

The month of October holds many occasions: the end of the blistering summer heat, pumpkin-flavored everything and the rush to find the perfect Halloween costume. But for Chandler residents, October is especially important. On October 30th, Chandler High School and Hamilton High School will go head to head for their annual rivalry game. The rivalry started 17 years ago, with the establishment of Hamilton High School. The opening of this school meant an increase in the available academic and athletic opportunities in Chandler, but it also meant that a new football team had entered town. Since then, these sister schools have marked their football fields as battlegrounds.

The Wolf Pack

Coach Shaun Aguano of Chandler High School is not an Arizona native, but he is dedicated to the city and his school. Aguano’s interest in football began at the young age of 5, a fact he credits to his family’s interest in sports. Aguano expressed his pride for the Chandler High School Wolves, explaining that they have had an exciting few years. Although Hamilton High School has won the majority of their games against Chandler High School in the past, Aguano says that the last three out of four games were Chandler High School wins. This has intensified the rivalry between the two schools.

For Chandler High School, overcoming their rivals was no easy feat. But the school was dedicated to this challenge and had a skilled and motivated team. Aguano explains that Chandler High School Wolves are wonderfully “diverse” and “play with a sense of worth.” These assets certainly helped lead them to victory.

The Dog House

The Hamilton Huskies are also facing an exciting season. Having previously won 17 times in a row, this game is their chance to regain their status as victor of the schools’ rivalry. Hamilton High School can credit their successful streak to a number of factors. The school’s head coach, Steve Belles, is committed to the team’s success. Like Aguano, Belles has had a long history with football, also realizing his love for the sport at the age of 5. The school has had an impressive support system. Belles explains that Hamilton’s success has been a team effort.

“It all starts from the top with Superintendent Camille Casteel and her focus on the importance of athletics,” Belles states.

He praises Principal Ken James for his support of the school and the talent of the excellent assistant coaches on the three levels of football at Hamilton. Finally, the head coach applauds the athletes.

“It is important to have great players to coach within your program,” he adds.

Preparing for Battle

As the big game approaches, training tactics remain the same for the schools, but both coaches remark that they see improvements in their players. Belles explains that the team shows more focus while Aguano is impressed by his players’ motivation. He continues to commend the athletes, stating that he sees them “bring more of themselves” when the rivalry game nears.

Both schools have the backing of committed coaches, dedicated fans and skilled players. Only on game day will the residents of Chandler be able to see which team emerges as victor: Hamilton, the more consistent winner, or Chandler High School, the team that has made an impressive comeback.

The month of October holds many occasions: the end of the blistering summer heat, pumpkin-flavored everything and the rush to find the perfect Halloween costume. But for Chandler residents, October is especially important. On October 30th, Chandler High School and Hamilton High School will go head to head for their annual rivalry game. The rivalry started 17 years ago, with the establishment of Hamilton High School. The opening of this school meant an increase in the available academic and athletic opportunities in Chandler, but it also meant that a new football team had entered town. Since then, these sister schools have marked their football fields as battlegrounds.A Win-Win for Chandler

Chandler residents, no matter which school they support, should be proud of their city. Aguano explains that the school that wins the rivalry game typically makes their way to the state championship. As Belles remarked, the school district receives an incredible amount of support from the Chandler Unified School District. So although the city will be divided on game night, they can reunite when their city is represented in the state championship.