Opening kickoff is one week away and it will be a good one with Ironwood Ridge visiting Mountain View next Thursday night, Aug. 16. There are no other games scheduled for that night so expect a few Phoenix-area media members to make the trip down.
The game is the first of 18 involving 26 teams from Southern Arizona, from 1A to 6A.
AllSportsTucson.com will also be handing out weekly “APS Player of the Week” awards in conjunction with Automated Presort Services. We are also voting members for the state-wide Ed Doherty Player of the Week and Player of the Year awards.
More on our Pigskin Picks next week.
(All games at 7 p.m. unless noted)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
Ironwood Ridge at Mountain View
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
Tucson at Maryvale, (Region game)
Catalina Foothills at Buena
Canyon del Oro at Flowing Wells
Marana at Horizon
Cholla at Nogales
Rincon/UHS at Sierra Linda
Campo Verde at Sunnyside
Amphitheater at Buckeye
Casa Grande at Palo Verde
Pusch Ridge at Rio Rico
Vista Grande at Sahuaro (Region game)
Douglas at Tanque Verde
Santa Cruz at Sahuarita
Bagdad at Valley Union, 6 p.m.
Fort Thomas at Baboquivari
St. David at Bowie/San Simon
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
San Manuel at Yuma Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
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