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FOOTBALL: 13 Southern Arizona games this week

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

All games start at 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 17

Nogales at SUNNYSIDE
Last Year: Nogales 19, Sunnyside 18
Last 10: Sunnyside leads 9-1
Nogales Playoffs: 2012
Sunnyside Playoffs: 2015
Both teams finished 4-6 last year and both teams need this win to have a real shot at the playoffs. Nogales beat Sunnyside for the first time since 1995.
KEY: Nogales lost QB/FS Ricky Paredes (1,021 yards) to graduation.
EDGE: Sunnyside

2017 AZPREPS365.com FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Friday, August 18

Ironwood Ridge at Marana
Toss-up game. Marana had seven turnovers last year in a 62-42 loss.

TUCSON at Buena
The Colts are on an 0-21 streak.

SABINO at Casa Grande
This is a fill-in game and was not played last year. The two teams haven’t played each other since 2002. Former UA standout Randy Robbins is the AD of Casa Grande.

SAGUARO at Catalina Foothills
The top nine offensive and top 10 of 11 defensive players from Catalina Foothills graduated.

Cholla at DOUGLAS
James Fitzgerald is the new coach for Douglas.

Santa Rita at FLORENCE
Florence Sr. QB Jared Wood has 4,830 career passing yards.

PUEBLO at Rincon/University
Rincon/UHS RB Ty Grigsby graduated (1,457 rushing yards). The Rangers will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their new Arizona Cardinals Field.

St. Mary’s at SALPOINTE
The Ed Doherty Trophy will stay in Tucson.

San Manuel at SAN TAN FOOTHILLS
San Tan is 3-0 against San Manuel with a 36-7 average margin of victory.

PALO VERDE at Tanque Verde
Both teams need this win. Could be a battle.

RIO RICO at Catalina
The Trojans are on an 0-13 streak while Rio Rico lost last two games to fall out of the playoffs last year.

Willcox at THATCHER
Alonzo Highsmith is the new coach for Willcox.

Friday, August 25

Tombstone at Antelope Union
Thatcher at Benson
Douglas at Bisbee
Shadow Mountain at Canyon Del Oro
Globe at Catalina
Amphitheater at Cholla
Coolidge at Empire
Buena at Flowing Wells
Willcox at Lordsburg (NM)
Cienega at Marana
Salpointe at Mountain View Marana
Desert View at Palo Verde
Sunnyside at Pueblo
American Leadership at Pusch Ridge
Dobson at Rincon/University
Walden Grove at Rio Rico
Sahuarita at Safford
Sabino at Sahuaro
Paradise Honors at Santa Cruz
Benjamin Franklin at Santa Rita
Ironwood Ridge at Sunnyslope
San Manuel at Tanque Verde
Catalina Foothills at Tempe
Mountain Ridge at Tucson

Friday, September 1

Sabino at American Leadership
Flowing Wells at Amphitheater
Canyon Del Oro at Apache Junction
Valley Lutheran at Baboquivari
Catalina at Benjamin Franklin
Pima at Bisbee
Sunnyside at Buena
Empire at Casteel
Cholla at Catalina Foothills
Shadow Ridge at Cienega
Rio Rico at Cortez
Tucson at Desert Ridge
Maricopa at Desert View
Palo Verde at Glendale
McClintock at Marana
Benson at Morenci
Rincon/University at Mountain View Marana
Ironwood Ridge at Nogales
Sahuaro at Queen Creek
Florence at Sahuarita
Veritas Prep at San Manuel
Coolidge at Santa Cruz
San Carlos at Tombstone
Pusch Ridge at Walden Grove
Tanque Verde at Willcox

Friday, September 8

Empire at Amphitheater
Benson at Arizona Lutheran
Phoenix Christian at Bisbee
Rincon/University at Buena
Flowing Wells at Catalina Foothills
Nogales at Cienega
Desert View at Douglas
Tanque Verde at Globe
Canyon Del Oro at Ironwood Ridge
San Manuel at Miami
Catalina at Palo Verde
Santa Cruz at Parker
Tombstone at Pima
Cholla at Pueblo
Sahuarita at Rio Rico
Pusch Ridge at Safford
Marana at Sahuaro
Mountain View Marana at Sunnyside
Salpointe at Tucson
Santa Rita at Walden Grove
Morenci at Willcox

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com


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