DII/III Games of the Week
Although all games are important, here are a few that are sure to shape the rest of the season. Kickoff at 7 p.m.
Salpointe Catholic (2-1)
Mountain View (2-0)
Queen Creek (1-1)
Ironwood Ridge (1-1)
Canyon Del Oro (0-2)
Poston Butte (0-3)
Tucson (2-0) vs. Gilbert Higley (2-0)
The Badgers have three of their first four games at home and, as long as the team doesn’t look past Higley, Tucson should be 3-0 when Ironwood Ridge comes calling next week.
Taking this season one game at a time will be difficult for the Badgers especially with their win over Canyon del Oro last week. Suddenly an 8-9 win regular season seems likely.
Salpointe Catholic (2-1) at Ironwood Ridge (1-1)
Both teams are on the verge of making a move. The loser will still be in the hunt but three losses usually means no playoff appearance in Division II. Salpointe has a high-powered run defense which could force the Nighthawks to throw more.
Both teams have another difficult game next week with Salpointe hosting Mesa Skyline (2-0) and Ironwood Ridge traveling to Tucson. These two weeks could be a backbreaker or they could be a season builder.
Sunnyside (1-1) vs. Mountain View (2-0)
If Mountain View wins this game then you might as well pencil the Mountain Lions into the playoffs the way the rest of their schedule plays out. Sunnyside has been the underdog before and this game could also send the Blue Devils on their way.
Canyon Del Oro (0-2) at Sahuaro (1-1)
Possibly a “must-win” situation for both teams especially for the Dorados. Starting off 0-3 means having to run the table and then hope for some help to get into the playoffs. You could say this is CDO’s first playoff game.
Desert View (3-0)
Catalina Foothills (2-1)
Desert View (3-0) vs. Tempe (0-2)
The Jaguars haven’t won four games since 2010. The stands should be packed for this game. If not, then the Desert View community will be missing something special.
Nogales (3-0) vs. Casa Grande Vista Grande (2-0)
The Apaches were somehow able to schedule five home games in a row. Everything is falling in place for Nogales.
Sabino (2-0) at Chandler Seton Catholic (1-2)
Rained out last week, the Sabercats should easily move to 3-0 this week to set up their huge game at Nogales next week.
Catalina Foothills (2-1) vs. Tempe McClintock (1-1)
The Falcons are in the middle of a series of games where they are expected to win. But with their season ending with Nogales, Sabino and Desert View, “expecting” to win is not enough. They need to take care of business.
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