Week One is in the past and now we focus on Week Two. Still not a full slate from Southern Arizona with eight teams serving their bye week but there are 31 teams and 22 games scheduled for Friday night. The Frog & Firkin Tucson Top Ten returns next week after all teams have played.
Went 15-3 last week and here are the picks for this week with the favored teams in CAPS:
FRIDAY, AUG. 24
4A SALPOINTE (0-0) at 6A Mesa Dobson (0-1): Playoff loss to Dobson in 1994.
4A Pueblo (0-0) at 6A TUCSON (1-0): Artificial turf has been restored.
5A CIENEGA (0-0) at 5A Cholla (0-1): First Meeting.
4A Rio Rico (0-1) at 5A EMPIRE (0-1): The Ravens are 5-0 in the series.
4A Walden Grove (0-0) at 5A FLOWING WELLS (1-0): Flowing Wells is 2-1.
5A Laveen Fairfax (0-1) at 5A MARANA (1-0): First meeting.
5A Buena (0-1) at 4A SAHUARO (1-0): Sahuaro back in 4A.
5A Desert View at 5A SUNNYSIDE (0-1): Desert View has won two in a row.
4A Glendale CACTUS (0-0) at 4A Catalina Foothills (1-0): Cactus beat Foothills in 2005 playoffs.
4A Prescott (0-1) at 4A CANYON DEL ORO (0-1): The Dorados knocked Prescott out of the 2008 playoffs.
3A SABINO (0-0) at 4A Casa Grande (1-0): Sabino is 4-0 against Casa Grande.
4A Palo Verde (0-1) at 3A CATALINA (0-0): Teams are 4-4 in last eight meetings.
2A Bisbee (0-0) at 4A DOUGLAS (1-0): Douglas broke 10 game losing streak.
4A Amphitheater (0-1) at 4A VISTA GRANDE (0-1): Amphi is 1-0 in the series.
3A San Tan Foothills (0-1) at 2A SANTA CRUZ (0-1): First meeting since 2014.
2A Santa Rita (0-0) at 2A MORENCI (0-1): First meeting since 1977.
2A Tombstone (0-0) at 2A SAN CARLOS (0-0): San Carlos won 68-18 last year.
2A BENSON (0-0) at 2A San Manuel (0-1): San Manuel beat Benson 30-26 last year.
2A Lordsburg (NM) (0-0) at 2A WILLCOX (0-0): Willcox is 6-11 dating back to 1959.
1A SAN PASQUAL (CA) (0-0) at 1A Baboquivari (0-1): San Pasqual is near Yuma.
1A ST. DAVID (1-0) at 1A Mayer (0-1): St. David scored 69 points in 2016 and Mayer scored 80 last year.
1A SUPERIOR (1-0) at 1A Valley Union (0-1): Valley Union is located in Elfrida, east of Tombstone.
5A Ironwood Ridge (1-0) BYE
4A Nogales (1-0) BYE
5A Mountain View (0-1) BYE
5A Rincon/UHS (0-1) BYE
3A Pusch Ridge (1-0) BYE
3A Sahuarita (1-0) BYE
3A Tanque Verde (0-1) BYE
1A Bowie/San Simon (0-1) BYE
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