The clouds seemingly came from nowhere but soon, the lightning strikes were everywhere. Here, there and everywhere.
The postponements came one at a time, starting with Sahuaro on the far east side, and they came rolling like thunder across the valley. In all, nine schedule changes have been reported.
Still, we had 12 final scores, including Salpointe beating Dobson 56-7 with the game called at the half. A major obstacle in rescheduling for a Saturday slate is the availability of referees due to youth football duties on that day but that problem was erased after the Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation (TYFSF) cancelled all of their games.
“The safety of our players, cheerleaders, volunteers and fans are our utmost priority,” TYFSF Commissioner, Julius Holt said in a release. “The weather forecast has been pretty consistent in calling for a good chance of rain and thunderstorms. This coupled with game official availability due to Friday night high school football games being moved to Saturday. We thought it was best to make the call tonight to give the numerous groups involved in the games, including our teams, our fans, our media partners and staff, notice of the cancellation as soon as possible”
5A Desert View at 5A Sunnyside (0-1), TBD
4A Prescott (0-1) at 4A Canyon del Oro (0-1): Sept. 21
FRIDAY, AUG. 24
5A Marana 26, 5A Laveen Fairfax 0
4A Salpointe 56, 6A Mesa Dobson 7 (Called at half)
4A Douglas 54, 2A Bisbee 7
4A Casa Grande 21, 3A Sabino 6
4A Vista Grande 19, 4A Amphitheater 0
2A Morenci 66, 2A Santa Rita 0
2A Willcox 44, 2A Lordsburg (NM) 18
2A Tombstone 46, 2A San Carlos 30
2A Benson 49, 2A San Manuel 6
1A Superior 54, 1A Valley Union 0
2A Santa Cruz 20, 3A San Tan Foothills 0
1A St. David 28, 1A Mayer 24
SATURDAY, AUG. 25
4A Pueblo (0-0) at 6A TUCSON (1-0), 6 p.m.
5A CIENEGA (0-0) at 5A Cholla (0-1), 9 a.m.
4A Rio Rico (0-1) at 5A EMPIRE (0-1), 5 p.m.
4A Walden Grove (0-0) at 5A FLOWING WELLS (1-0), 11 a.m.
5A Buena (0-1) at 4A SAHUARO (1-0), 10 a.m.
4A Glendale CACTUS at 4A Catalina Foothills (1-0), 4 p.m.
4A Palo Verde (0-1) at 3A CATALINA (0-0), 9 a.m.
1A SAN PASQUAL (CA) (0-0) at 1A Baboquivari (0-1)
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
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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com