In 2015, yours truly began covering Student Sections in Orange County, California. We expanded to Southern California in 2017 and two years ago, we added four more states and added 15 more states. We went to 40 states last fall.

This last winter, we went to all 50 states. No one has ever done that before…until now!

This is still a one-man operation for the most part.

I know that Student Sections have a lot of work to do to get the students to the games to cheer on their classmates and go along with the theme and make sure they don’t cause trouble. These student sections deserve recognition.

We will kick off the Student Section season with Preseason Football Student Section Rankings. REMEMBER, this is a PREVIEW. It is merely a prediction. The real rankings come out in November or December. 

If you feel your student section isn’t ranked high enough or not ranked at all, let us know and we’ll keep a close eye on them.

Every week, we will also have Student Section of the Week for each state. Once you win Student Section of the Week, you can’t win it again, but you still have to battle for the top spot in your state and perhaps the Nation as we will also name a Football Student Section National Champion. 

We continue with the 2023 Football Student Section Season with a preview of Arizona.

I have checked out Arizona Student Sections during basketball season the last two seasons, but I have yet to see the football side in Arizona. This state is loaded with great Student Sections and they will battle to dethrone the defending State Champs.

Last season, the Highland Nest took the title as the best Student Section in Arizona. The Nest ran away with this, but I expect other Student Sections to jump in and battle for the top spot this fall. Some Student Sections have shown a strong showing so far.

In each state, we will name one student section to look out for. A student section that doesn’t get talked about a lot by us or others and for Arizona, it’s the Canyon del Sol Tribe. During football season, the Tribe is quiet, but they are making noise as the season begins in Arizona. I expect this to keep going throughout the whole season.

Can the Tribe be on the top in the Grand Canyon State? Let’s find out.


  1. Chaparral Birdcage

The Birdcage is rarely seen in comparison to other Student Sections, but I have a feeling we will see them more often on social media. A solid Student Section that has indicated that they will prove they are number one this fall. It will take a lot to push Highland out of the top spot, but the Birdcage is ready!

  1. Highland Hawks Nest
  2. Chandler Blue Crew
  3. Casteel Stampede
  4. Basha Bear Den
  5. Liberty Uproar
  6. Corona del Sol Tribe 
  7. Pinnacle Crazies
  8. Saguaro Zoo
  9. Brophy Prep Stampede 
  10. Hamilton
  11. Desert Mountain Wolfden
  12. Sandra Day O’Connor Nest
  13. Notre Dame Dogpound 
  14. Mountain Ridge Army
  15. Salpointe Catholic Lancer Legion
  16. Centennial 
  17. Williams Field Red Rage
  18. Queen Creek Dawgpound 
  19. Verrado Viper Pit
  20. American Leadership Academy 
  21. Horizon Dawgpound 
  22. Perry
  23. Higley Knightmare
  24. Desert Edge
  25. Valley Christian 
  26. Prescott 
  27. Millennium Jungle 
  28. Boulder Creek
  29. Red Mountain Red Sea 
  30. Paradise Honors
  31. Cactus
  32. Desert Vista Storm Troopers
  33. Mountain View 
  34. Paradise Valley Red Zone
  35. Agua Fria 
  36. Desert Ridge
  37. Valley Vista 
  38. Canyon del Oro
  39. Cactus Shadows

HONORABLE MENTION: Thatcher, Casa Grande, Willow Canyon, Arcadia Chaos