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FOOTBALL: 22 games plus all the Pigskin Picks

Cholla’s Jordan Porter (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

TUCSON TOP TWENTY

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

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SCHEDULE

Friday, Sept. 22

6A CONFERENCE

5A Desert View (2-2) at SUNNYSIDE (1-4)
Desert View beat Sunnyside 42-20 last year, ending an 0-9 streak against the Blue Devils dating back to 1989. The initial AIA/MaxPreps power rankings will be released Tuesday, Sept. 26 and both teams should be treating this game as a must-win even beyond the obvious district rivalry.

5A CIENEGA (4-0) at Tucson (2-3)
RINCON/UNIVERSITY (1-4) at 4A Palo Verde (1-4)

5A CONFERENCE

Queen Creek (5-0) at IRONWOOD RIDGE (4-0)
The Bulldogs handled the Nighthawks quite easily last year, winning 37-12 last year in the regular season and then once again, 42-26 in the 5A quarterfinal round. Jace Koester ran all over the Nighthawks (366 yards and 7 TDs) last year but Koester is now a freshman at Montana State. By contrast, Devin Larsen finished with 2,524 yards passing last year but the Bulldog QB was held to a combined 212 yards passing against Ironwood Ridge in the two meetings. Stop the Queen Creek rushing attack and Ironwood Ridge wins at home to move to 5-0.

MARANA (2-2) at 4A Canyon del Oro (3-1)
Deming, NM (2-2) at FLOWING WELLS (1-3)
MOUNTAIN VIEW (3-1) at Poston Butte (3-1)
Sahuaro (1-3) at CHOLLA (3-2)
BUENA (3-1) at 4A Douglas (0-4)

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4A CONFERENCE

CATALINA FOOTHILLS (4-1) at 3A Pusch Ridge (4-0)
A win by the Lions would give Pusch Ridge a 5-0 start and an incredible power-point advantage over regional foes. A 5-1 start for the Falcons would match the start Catania Foothills enjoyed last year. 2001 was the only other time Falcons started a season out 5-1.

Nogales (1-3) at RIO RICO (1-4)
WALDEN GROVE (3-1) at Amphitheater (0-4)
Pueblo (3-1) at SALPOINTE (4-0)

3A CONFERENCE

CATALINA (3-1) at Tanque Verde (0-5) Region
The Trojans are going for a 5-1 record for the first time since 1974. The 1966 campaign also started out 5-1 and the 1967 squad started out 6-0. The 1967 team finished the year with eight wins and that total has never been matched. The 1966, 1974, 2002 and 2004 teams collected seven wins but the 5-5 team of 2009 made the last playoff appearance for the school. Tanque Verde beat Catalina 24-6 last year but the Hawks are in danger of going 0-6 for the first time as an 11-man program. Prior to 2011, Tanque Verde competed in 8-man football.

Santa Rita (0-3) at SABINO (3-1) Region
EMPIRE (2-2) at Sahuarita (1-3) Region

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2A CONFERENCE

SANTA CRUZ (3-0) at Arete Prep (2-2)
Rishard Davis has built a machine at Santa Cruz. The Dust Devils are on a 25-4 win streak with all four losses adding up to eight points.

Tombstone (0-4) at SAN MANUEL (4-0) Region
Bisbee (2-2) at SCOTTSDALE CHRISTIAN (5-0)
Benson (1-3) BYE
Willcox (2-3) BYE

1A CONFERENCE

VALLEY UNION (2-2) at Duncan (0-4) Region
The Blue Devils need this win to keep pace with Trivium Prep in the South Region.

Salome (1-3) at ST. DAVID (1-3)
Baboquivari (0-4) at TRIVIUM PREP (4-0) Region

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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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