Football Friday Recap: Pusch Ridge wins to set up anticipated showdown with Sabino

Team in capital letters predicted winner by Andy Morales



AMPHITHEATER (0-6) at 3A Sahuarita (2-4)
— Sahuarita wins 15-8 FINAL

Nogales (2-4) at WALDEN GROVE (5-1) Region
— Walden Grove wins 48-7 FINAL
— Walden Grove opened the scoring with an 8-yard TD by RB Bradley Capen.
— Walden Grove RB Nike Flores then threw two touchdown passes — a 28-yarder to Matt De La Ossa and another to Jordan Lopez.
— Walden Grove’s Ty Chapman intercepted a pass and returned it for a score.
— Jacquez Rice had a 6-yard scoring run for Walden Grove.


PUSCH RIDGE (6-0) at Empire (3-3) Region
— Pusch Ridge wins 56-14 FINAL
— Empire’s Wyatt Jeffries scored a 30-yard TD run in the first half.
— Pusch Ridge’s Gavin Davis scored a couple of touchdowns and Dakota Haynes added another.
— Pusch Ridge hosts Sabino in a highly anticipated game on Tucson’s northside on Friday. The Sabercats are 5-1 after beating Catalina 42-0 on Thursday.


SAN MANUEL (6-1) at Benson (1-4) Region
— San Manuel wins 30-26 FINAL

SANTA CRUZ (5-0) at Tombstone (0-6) Region
— Santa Cruz wins 89-0 FINAL

Willcox (3-3) at BISBEE (2-5)
— Willcox wins 22-14 FINAL


VALLEY UNION (5-2) at Baboquivari (0-6) Regional
— Valley Union wins 56-0 FINAL

St. David (1-4) at TRIVIUM PREP (5-1) Region



Tucson (2-4) BYE
Sunnyside (1-5) BYE
Rincon/University (2-4) BYE


4A Salpointe (4-1) at CIENEGA (6-0)
— Cienega wins 30-20 FINAL
— Lancers took early lead on a Michael Sanchez 33-yard FG
— Jamarye Joiner ran in the end zone from one yard to put Cienega up 7-3.
— Cienega’s PJ Cook made a field goal from 35 yards to increase the lead to 10-3.
— Thomas Webb’s 1-yard TD run increased Cienega’s lead to 17-3.
— Sanchez’s 25-yard field goal cut the lead to 17-6.
— Gabe Madril had a TD run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 17-13.
— Terrell Hayward’s punt return for a TD increased Cienega’s lead to 24-13.
— Hayward then completed a 38-yard TD pass to Jerry White to increase the lead to 30-13.
— Salpointe’s Arturo Alcarez scored from 18 yards to cut the lead to 30-20.

IRONWOOD RIDGE (4-2) at Mountain View (5-1) Region
— Mountain View wins 28-23 FINAL
— Nick Brahler with a rushing and receiving TD for the Hawks in the first quarter.
— Edward Gastelum had a rushing TD to narrow the lead to 14-7 in the second quarter.
— Josemaria Alcala connected with Josh Hart for a 42-yard TD pass to put Mountain Lions up 21-17.
— Wyatt Adams scored on a 6-yard TD run to increase the lead to 28-17.

CHOLLA (4-3) at Desert View (3-3) Region
— Cholla wins 39-36 FINAL
— Cholla QB Jordan Porter scored the first TD on a run
— On 4th and 3, Desert View’s Salat rushed for a 54-yard touchdown to put the Jaguars up 36-32.

Buena (4-2) at SAHUARO (3-3)
— Sahuaro wins 31-21 FINAL
— Kobi Bell threw a 45-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter for Sahuaro.

Flowing Wells (1-5) at MARANA (4-2) Region
— Marana wins 55-0 FINAL
— Trenton Bourguet completed a 30-yard TD pass to Jesus Valenzuela to open the scoring. He connected on another 35-yard TD pass to Teon Simmons in the first quarter.
— Zach Roberts’ 1-yard TD plunge put Marana up 21-0.
— Valenzuela’s 60-yard punt return for a TD mounted the lead to 28-0.
— Rene Valenzuela’s 18-yard TD run in the second quarter increased the lead to 34-0
— Roberts with another rushing TD (from 15 yards) to increase the lead to 41-0.
— Alfred Ebunoha increased Marana’s scoring with a 10-yard rushing TD.
— Cody Smith’s 10-yard TD run increased the lead to 55-0 in the third quarter.


Canyon del Oro (3-3) at Catalina Foothills (5-2) Region
— Catalina Foothills wins 21-7 FINAL
— CDO’s Elijah Carey had a 55-yard TD run.
— Chris Kowalcek of Catalina Foothills had a 2-yard scoring run.
— Kowalcek’s 12-yard TD run put Catalina Foothills up 14-7 in the third quarter
— Kowalcek scores again — 21-yard TD run — to put Catalina Foothills up 21-7 in the fourth quarter.

Rio Rico (1-6) at PUEBLO (4-2) Region
— Pueblo wins 28-0 FINAL
— Ruben Rivera scored on a 1-yard run.
— Adrian Gonzalez scored on a 45-yard reverse to put Pueblo up 14-0

Douglas (0-6) at PALO VERDE (2-5) Region
— Palo Verde wins 45-34 FINAL


Catalina (5-2) at SABINO (5-1) Region
— Sabino wins 42-0 FINAL
— Sabino QB Alex Bell completed 14 of 22 pass attempts for 244 yards with four TDs and no interceptions.
— Sabino RB Isaiah Smotherman gained 94 yards on 13 carries with one TD
— Sabino WR Bennett Nottingham (five receptions for 87 yards and one TD) and Luke Moran (five receptions for 71 yards and one TD) were Bell’s primary targets.
— Six different Sabercats scored a TD — Bell (rushing TD), Smotherman, Nottingham, Moran, WR Larry Gerald and WR Jayson Petty.

TANQUE VERDE (1-6) at Santa Rita (0-5) Region
— Tanque Verde wins 59-12 FINAL


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

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