Nick Brahler rushes for 246 yards to help lead Ironwood Ridge past Marana

Trenton Bourguet threw for 363 yards & two TDs. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Ironwood Ridge outlasted Marana 42-35 in a wild contest Friday night that lived up to its billing as the “Game of the Week” from Southern Arizona. This marquee matchup featured some of the best talent from the 5A ranks with junior QB Trenton Bourguet and senior receiver Teon Simmons leading the Tigers and senior RB Nick Brahler and senior QB Heath Beemiller guiding the Nighthawks. The game delivered as promised….


IR: 0-13-22-7: 42
MAR: 14-0-21-0: 35


1st Quarter
MAR: Z. Roberts (6:26) 1-yard run: (J. Avila kick) 7-0
MAR: Z. Roberts (14.4) 1-yard run: (J. Avila kick) 14-0

2nd Quarter
IR: N. Brahler (4:45) 1-yard run: (T. Parry kick) 14-7
IR: N. Brahler (4.1) 35-yard run: (kick failed) 14-13

3rd Quarter
MAR: T. Simmons (9:43) 27-yard pass from T. Bourguet (J. Avila kick) 21-13
IR: N. Brahler (9:24) 38-yard run (T. parry kick) 21-20
MAR: T. Simmons (8:34) 55-yard pass from T. Bourguet (J. Avila kick) 28-20
IR: A. Cook (4:47) 17-yard pass from H. Beemiller (N. Brahler 2 pt.) 28-28
MAR: T. Bourguet (3:28) 8-yard run (J. Avila kick) 35-28
IR: N. Brahler (28.9) 42-yard run (T. Parry kick) 35-35

4th Quarter
IR: N. Brahler (54.8) 7-yard run (T. Parry kick) 42-35

Heath Beemiller threw for 132 yards & two TDs. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)



Southern Arizona Football Schedule

All games start at 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 17
Sunnyside 36, Nogales 16

Friday, August 18
Ironwood Ridge 42, Marana 35
Tucson 29, Buena 12
Sabino 34, Casa Grande 25
Saguaro 41, Catalina Foothills 13
Cholla 59, Douglas 21
Pueblo 58, Rincon/University 0
Salpointe 47, St. Mary’s 6
San Tan Foothills 42, San Manuel 12
Catalina 31, Rio Rico 0
Palo Verde 31, Tanque Verde 27
Thatcher 52, Willcox 6
Santa Rita/Florence (Cancelled)

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


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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