The Republic HS football 2022 Train of the Year: Basha’s Chris McDonald

January 8, 2023

Dec 10, 2022; Tempe, AZ, USA; Basha Bears head coach Chris McDonald celebrates after his team defeated the Saguaro Sabercats during the Open Division state championship game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. Mandatory Credit: Alex Gould/The Republic

Chris McDonald wished to join the Chandler Basha football program, the college and also area when he obtained employed in 2018.

The program was damaged. Gamers were leaving. He acquired a program that won an overall of 5 video games in the previous 2 years. He needed to rally the area.

His initial Basha group went 6-5. After a 4-7 misstep 2019 period, the Bears maintained climbing with the Premier Area woodland of titans and also ended up being that elite program, the one that elite gamers wished to belong of.

This period, it was time to appear. After an embarrassing loss to Peoria Freedom, the Bears collected yourself and also won their last 7 video games, rallying to defeat Chandler Hamilton, closing down Chandler two times, and also holding of protecting state champ Scottsdale Saguaro 28-21 on Dec. 10 for the college’s initial state football champion.

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