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Can the Badgers stay undefeated? (Andy Morales/

Can the Badgers stay undefeated? (Andy Morales/

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.


Section I
Tucson (3-0)
Sunnyside (2-1)
Sahuaro (2-1)
Salpointe Catholic (2-2)
Buena (0-3)
Cienega (0-3)

Section III
Ironwood Ridge (2-1)
Mountain View (2-1)
Queen Creek (2-1)
Canyon Del Oro (0-3)
Poston Butte (0-3)

Ironwood Ridge (2-1) at Tucson (3-0)

The Badgers have shown they can score a lot of points (41 points per game) but they have also given up 27 a game. They will host a team that rebounded from the Hamilton loss nicely by only giving up one touchdown in each of their two victories while scoring over 30 in both games.

If Tucson is forced to punt then it will be a long night for the Badgers. They key is to keep your defense off the field against the Nighthawks.

Sunnyside (2-1) at Poston Butte (0-3)

The Blue Devils are right where they want to be after they took care of Mountain View last week. Most figured on a 3-1 start and Sunnyside is almost there.

Sahuaro (2-1) at Corona del Sol (3-0)

Each game is getting increasingly more difficult for the Cougars. If you are starting to think power points then this is the time. Win this and you can afford a loss later in the season.

Buena (0-3) at Mountain View (2-1)

As we have noted before, there are no “revenge” games in football. Sunnyside defeated Mountain View 40-26 on Friday and, when that happens, usually the next team on the schedule pays the price.

Salpointe Catholic (2-2) Bye week

The Lancers have a bye week after dropping a big game to Ironwood Ridge 33-7.

On a personal note.

Our motto at has always been “Do no harm.” Whenever I see another site attack a youth or high school athlete then it becomes very personal with me.

There is a 2-minute video being played on the internet claiming to show how Salpointe standout and University of Arizona commit Justin Holt was “dominated” by the Nighthawk offensive line. All you need to see is the first few seconds to notice that Holt was being blocked by three linemen.

First, his job was to clog the middle and second, the defense was on the field for longer and longer periods of time.

The rest of the clip is pretty much the same, triple and double teamed. The clip also shows him stopping runs by doing what he was supposed to by clogging the middle and the clip also shows obvious runs to the outside away from him.

If anything, the clip makes Holt look even more impressive.


Section VI
Sabino (3-0)
Desert View (3-1)
Nogales (3-1)
Catalina Foothills (3-1)
Marana (1-2)
Safford (2-1)
Rincon/University (1-3)

Sabino (3-0) at Nogales (3-1)

The Sabercats have given up only 20 points in three games while dominating on the offensive side. Nogales is in the middle of a five-game home stand on a schedule with seven home games. A 15-7 loss to Casa Grande Vista Grande last week at home was a shocker.

The scheduling Gods have given Nogales a chance but this is a section game. Sabino will have fewer chances to gain power points due to a cancelation of one of their games. This game is huge for the Sabercats.

Safford (2-1) at Desert View (3-1)

As long as the Jaguars don’t look past Safford then they should be alright. With Sabino coming up next, Desert View needs this win. Packed house?

Catalina Foothills (3-1) at Rincon/University (1-3)

A section game is a section game. The Falcons can start out 1-0 in their section.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at



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