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Week 8 Southern Arizona High School Pigskin Update

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STAR OF THE NIGHT

— Marana QB Connor Leavens, whose father Todd passed away only 72 hours previously, threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 52-14 victory over Poston Butte.

Classy Tweet from Salpointe running back Mario Padilla

TONIGHT

* – Non-region games

Ironwood Ridge (7-1, 2-0) at Tucson (4-4, 1-0)*
— Ironwood Ridge 20-17 F

Rincon/UHS (3-5, 1-1) at Sunnyside (3-5, 1-1)
— Sunnyside 25-13 F

Poston Butte (3-5, 0-2) at Marana (6-2, 3-0)
— Marana 52-14 F

Flowing Wells (4-4, 1-2) at Desert View (7-1, 2-0)
— Desert View 42-7 F

Catalina Foothills (7-1, 2-0) at Cholla (1-7, 0-2)*
— Catalina Foothills 65-22 F

Buena (0-8, 0-3) at Cienega (8-0, 3-0)
— Cienega 62-17 F

Mountain View (6-2, 2-0) at Sahuaro (2-6, 1-2)
— Mountain View 35-28 F

Salpointe (6-2, 2-0) at Nogales (3-5, 0-3)
— Salpointe 57-0 F

Canyon del Oro (5-3, 1-1) at Walden Grove (3-5, 1-2)
— CDO 9-7 F

Amphitheater (6-2, 2-0) at Palo Verde (2-7, 0-3)
— Amphi 56-0 F

Douglas (4-4, 1-2) at Pueblo (5-3, 2-0)
— Pueblo 48-21 F

Catalina (0-8, 0-5) at Rio Rico (4-4, 2-1)*
— Rio Rico 33-19 F

Sahuarita (2-6, 1-3) at Sabino (7-1, 4-0)
— Sabino 49-7 F

Pusch Ridge (5-3, 3-1) at Tanque Verde (3-6, 2-3)
— Pusch Ridge 56-0 F

Empire (2-5, 2-1) at Santa Rita (1-6, 1-2)
— Empire 77-6 F

Thatcher (6-2, 3-1) at Round Valley (8-0, 5-0)
— Round Valley 28-21 F

Benson (7-1, 3-0) at Bisbee (3-5, 1-2)
— Benson 46-24 F

Tombstone (4-4, 1-2) at Morenci (4-4, 1-3)*
— Morenci 27-26 F

San Manuel (1-8, 1-3) at Hayden (5-3, 3-2)*
— Hayden 20-18 F

Baboquivari (4-3, 2-2) at Patagonia (1-6, 0-4)
— Baboquivari 1-0 F

Duncan (4-4, 3-3) at NFL Yet (6-1, 4-1)
— NFL Yet 28-24 F

Santa Cruz (6-0, 2-0) at Willcox (2-5, 0-2)
–Santa Cruz 72-0 F

1A REGION CHAMPIONSHIP

St. David (5-2, 3-0) at Valley Union (6-1, 3-0)
— St. David 60-52 F


NOTABLE:

— Arizona Wildcats commit Drew Dixon of Sabino completed four touchdown passes in the first half against Sahuarita.

Terrell Hayward scored Cienega’s first two touchdowns, including a kickoff return, against Buena. Another Arizona commit, Jamarye Joiner, rushed for two scores.

— Rincon running back Ty Grigsby rushed for 158 yards on 24 attempts in the loss against Sunnyside.

— Sunnyside running back Carlos Perez scored on runs of 80 and 74 yards against Rincon and finished with 174 yards on eight carries.

Javier Dominguez made a 36-yard field for Tucson against Ironwood Ridge.

— An 11-yard touchdown run by Nick Brahler gave Ironwood Ridge a 14-10 lead with less than a minute left in the first half against Tucson. Brahler later scored from 4 yards out to put Ironwood Ridge ahead 20-17.

Cole Gerken 81-yard pass to Daniel Peabody sets up 2-yard touchdown run from Soma Ikaika Helu for Ironwood Ridge against Tucson.

— Desert View RB Alex Courtemanche scored twice in the third quarter on 78- and 13-yard touchdown runs against Flowing Wells after missing some time in the first half with a leg injury.

Salpointe RB Mario Padilla had a second consecutive game scoring five TDs in win over Nogales, including a 75-yard run.

— Catalina Foothills QB Rhett Rodriguez, the Arizona coach’s son, completed 4 of 7 passes for 144 yards with two touchdowns against Cholla. He also ran the ball three times for 38 yards and two touchdowns.

TUCSON TOP 20

1: Cienega (7-0)
2: Ironwood Ridge (6-1)
3: Sabino (6-1)
4: Catalina Foothills (6-1)
5: Marana (5-2)
6: Salpointe (5-2)
7: Mountain View (5-2)
8: Desert View (6-1)
9: Tucson (4-3)
10: Canyon del Oro (4-3)
11: Pueblo (4-3)
12: Amphitheater (5-2)
13: Thatcher (6-1)
14: Santa Cruz (6-0)
15: Pusch Ridge (4-3)
16: Flowing Wells (4-3)
17: Benson (6-1)
18. Rincon/UHS (3-4)
19: Tombstone (4-3)
20. Douglas (4-3)


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