Ironwood Ridge falls to Marcos de Niza 35-15 in D-II quarterfinals


Ironwood Ridge capatins (L-R) Soma ikaika Helu, Deacon Laurita, Jared McKemy & Daniel Peabody (Andy Mora;es/

Ironwood Ridge captains (L-R) Soma ikaika Helu, Deacon Laurita, Jared McKemy & Daniel Peabody (Andy Mora;es/

“And then there were four.”

That’s what the Marcos de Niza coaching staff told their players after they knocked off Ironwood Ridge 35-15 Friday night in an important Division II quarterfinal match. The win pushed the Padres’ record to 11-2 heading into their semifinal game against Skyline (12-0) next Friday night.

The last time the team posted 11 wins and made it to the semifinals was in 2012. Ironwood Ridge defeated the Padres that night 35-21 and then Nighthawks went on to win the championship a week later.

Revenge? Hardly.


Division II

Quarterfinals: Friday, Nov 13
No. 4 Ironwood Ridge lost to No.5 Marcos de Niza, 35-15

Division III

Quarterfinals: Friday, Nov. 13
No. 8 Catalina Foothills lost to No. 1 Paradise Valley, 62-35

Division IV

Quarterfinals: Saturday, Nov. 14
No. 3 Pusch Ridge hosts No. 6 River Valley, 6 p.m.

Division V

Quarterfinals: Saturday, Nov. 14
No. 1 Benson hosts No. 8 Miami, 6 p.m.
No. 7 Bisbee at No. 2 Joy Christian School. 6 p.m.
No. 12 Santa Cruz at No. 4 American Leadership, 6 p.m.

Division VI

Saturday, Nov. 14: Maricopa High School, 6 p.m.
No. 2 Valley Union vs. No. 1 Pima
(Live on NFHS Network)

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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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