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FOOTBALL: Tucson Top 20 plus Andy’s Pigskin Picks

Patrick Nugent & Jamarye Joiner weathered the Marana storm to stay on top of the Tucson 20. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

TUCSON TOP TWENTY
1: Cienega (1-0)
2: Salpointe (2-0)
3: Ironwood Ridge (2-0)
4: Marana (0-2)
5: Tucson 2-0)
6: Sabino (2-0)
7: Canyon del Oro (1-0)
8: Pueblo (2-0)
9: Catalina Foothills (1-1)
10: Pusch Ridge (1-0)
11: Sunnyside (1-1)
12: Mountain View (0-1)
13: Sahuaro (0-1)
14: Santa Cruz (1-0)
15: Cholla (2-0)
16: Catalina (2-0)
17: Desert View (1-0)
18: Walden Grove (1-0)
19: Empire (1-0)
20: Rincon/UHS (0-2)

My Southern Arizona picks. I’m 30-9 this year. We have 27 games scheduled for Friday night but only a handful will be played in the Tucson area:

Friday, September 1

6A CONFERENCE

TUCSON (2-0) at Desert Ridge (1-0)
SUNNYSIDE (1-1) at 5A Buena (1-1)
Rincon/University (0-2) at MOUNTAIN VIEW (0-1)

5A CONFERENCE

Shadow Ridge (0-2) at CIENEGA (1-0)
IRONWOOD RIDGE (2-0) at 4A Nogales (0-1)
McClintock (1-0) at MARANA (0-2)
Cholla (2-0) at 4A CATALINA FOOTHILLS (1-1)
MARICOPA (2-0) at Desert View (1-0)
FLOWING WELLS (0-1) at 4A Amphitheater (0-1)
Sahuaro (0-1) at QUEEN CREEK (2-0)

4A CONFERENCE

BYES: Salpointe, Douglas, Pueblo, Santa Rita
CANYON DEL ORO (1-0) at Apache Junction (0-1)
3A PUSCH RIDGE (1-0) at Walden Grove (1-0)
Palo Verde (1-1) at 5A GLENDALE (1-0)
Rio Rico (0-2) at 4A CORTEZ (0-1)

3A CONFERENCE

SABINO (2-0) at American Leadership (1-1)
CATALINA (2-0) at Benjamin Franklin (1-1)
Empire (1-0) at CASTEEL (2-0)
Tanque Verde (0-2) at 2A WILLCOX (1-1)
FLORENCE (1-0) at Sahuarita (0-1)

2A CONFERENCE

3A Coolidge (1-1) at SANTA CRUZ (1-0)
Pima (1-1) at BISBEE (1-0)
Benson (0-1) at MORENCI (1-0)
Veritas Prep (1-0) at SAN MANUEL (1-1)
San Carlos (0-1) at TOMBSTONE (0-1)

1A CONFERENCE

Arete Prep (2-0) at VALLEY UNION (1-1)
St. David (0-1) at VALLEY LUTHERAN (1-0)
Baboquivari (0-1) at RAY (0-1)

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
Hayden at Baboquivari
St. David at Ray

Saturday, September 9
PDSD at Valley Union, 4 p.m.

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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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