Desert View (2-0)
Catalina Foothills (1-1)
Desert View has outscored opponents 93-21 and is looking to build on that margin when the Jaguars host Santa Rita (0-1) next week. It will be the first home game for Desert View. The place should be packed.
Nogales is averaging 35 points a game but the Apaches will face a tough test when they host D-IV Sahuarita (0-2) next week. Don’t let Sahuarita’s record fool you. The Mustangs are the best 0-2 team in the state, taking D-II powers Sahuaro and Salpointe to the final minutes in both losses.
The Sabino Sabercats are the top Cats on the east side. They took out the Sahuaro Cougars in a heated rivalry game and they will travel to Buckeye Verrado (1-0) next week. That’s a 3-hour drive with one third of it just getting across town. A 3-0 start would help set up some dramatic sectional games in a few weeks.
Marana had the week off and the Tigers will travel to Pueblo (0-1) this week. This will be a good game for both teams. Can the Tiger’s build on their opening win or can the Warriors recover from a game they almost had?
Safford won their rivalry game against Thatcher to draw even. The Bulldogs have a week off.
Catalina Foothills outlasted Pueblo at home and they will be rewarded with a trip to Vail to play Cienega (0-1). The Bobcats are recovering from a big loss and should be ready to take on the Falcons. If there was ever a “must game” this early in season, this would be it for both teams. A loss here means both will have to do really well in sectional play to make the playoffs.
Rincon/UHS takes on Palo Verde (0-2) at home this Friday. The two teams have combined for 21 points and have given up 217. One team will win. This just might be one of the best games of the week.
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