Ironwood Ridge takes advantage of turnovers to beat Marana 62-42


Soma ikaika Helu led the Nighthawks in the "Sippy Tau" and then rushed for 192 yards and a TD. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Soma ikaika Helu led the Nighthawks in the “Sippy Tau” and then rushed for 192 yards and a TD. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Ironwood Ridge beat Marana 62-42 Friday night in a game defined by turnovers, long runs and seemingly little defense. I guess one would have had to see the game in person to realize Marana (0-1) is not as bad as the final score indicates and Ironwood Ridge (1-0) is not quite as good as the 62 points indicates.

Marana fumbled the opening kickoff and Matthew Malkin converted on a 36-yard field goal to give the Nighthawks a 3-0 lead with 7:45 left in the first. The fumble was an omen of things to come for the Tigers. Seven turnovers in all. Some were forced and some not but each appeared to be more devastating than the one before.



MARANA: QB Connor Leavens: 22-39 for 314 yards passing with 4 TDs and another TD rushing.

IRONWOOD RIDGE: RB Soma ikaika Helu: 21 rushes for 192 yards and a TD.

Marana QB Connor Leavens (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Marana QB Connor Leavens (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Thursday, Aug. 18
(2) Sabino Sabercats 41, Sahuaro Cougars 35

Friday, Aug. 19
(1) Bagdad Sultans 72, (10) Valley Union Blue Devils 8
(7) Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks 62, Marana Tigers 42
Nogales Apaches 19, Sunnyside Blue Devils 18
Palo Verde Titans 24, Tanque Verde Hawks 0
Pueblo Warriors 34, Rincon/University Rangers 0
(10) San Tan Foothills Sabercats 20, San Manuel Miners 7
Florence Gophers 60, Santa Rita Eagles 0
(3) St. David Tigers 52, Ray Bearcats 26
(5) Salpointe Lancers 20, St. Mary’s Knights 12
(8) Trivium Prep Crimson Knights 38, Baboquivari Warriors 14
Tucson Badgers 61, Buena Colts 2
(6) Thatcher Eagles 61, Willcox Cowboys 0

Friday, Aug. 26
Rincon/UHS (0-1) at Dobson (0-0)
Pueblo (1-0) at Sunnyside (0-1)
Tucson (1-0) at Mountain Ridge (0-0)
Cholla (0-0) at Amphitheater (0-0)
Palo Verde (1-0) at Desert View (0-0)
Flowing Wells (0-0) at Buena (0-1)
Marana (0-1) at Cienega (0-0)
Sunnyslope (0-0) at Ironwood Ridge (1-0)
Mountain View (0-0) at Salpointe (1-0)
Queen Creek (1-0) at Sahuaro (0-1)
Canyon del Oro (0-0) at Shadow Mountain (0-0)
Tempe at Catalina Foothills (0-0)
Rio Rico (0-0) at Walden Grove (0-0)
Bisbee (0-0) at Douglas (0-0)
Pusch Ridge (0-0) at American Leadership (1-0)
Catalina (0-0) at Globe (0-1)
Safford (1-0) at Sahuarita (0-0)
Santa Rita (0-1) at Benjamin Franklin (0-1)
Tanque Verde (0-1) at San Manuel (0-1)
Benson (0-0) at Thatcher (1-0)
Lordsburg (NM) at Willcox (0-1)
Santa Cruz (0-0) at Paradise Honors (0-0)
Tombstone (0-0) at Antelope Union (0-1)
Empire (0-0) at Coolidge (0-1)
Duncan (0-0) at Patagonia (0-0)
Valley Union (0-1) at San Pasqual (0-0)

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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 AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com


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