Frog & Firkin High School Football Roundup

CDO 59, Flowing Wells 0

Canyon del Oro holds a 22-15 advantage over Flowing Wells dating back to 1966 and that includes a current record of 8-1 dating to 2004. CDO avenged the 38-37 loss last year at Flowing Wells to open up the season.

CDO standouts:
— RB Gavin Davis, 135 yards on 13 carries with 5 TDs
— QB Montana Neustadter, 3 rushes for 56 yards and 43 yards passing

Buena 35, Catalina Foothills

Buena standouts:
QB Jovoni Borbon, 165 yards passing while completing 7 of 10 passes with three touchdown strikes. Also rushed for 46 yards on five carries.
WR Kemish Riley caught touchdown passes of 31 and 91 yards.
WR Keyon Taylor threw a 91-yard TD pass and caught one for 94 yards.

Tucson 43, Phoenix Maryvale 0

Tucson leads the series 2-0. The Badgers finished 6-4 last year with a No. 20 ranking. There should be enough 6A teams in the Open Championship to leave a void in the 6A playoffs which means every game is even more important for the Badgers. A top 20 finish should get a team into the 6A playoffs

Tucson standouts:
QB Ayden Ortiz, 7-17, 114 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
RB Gary Love Jr., seven rushes for 52 yards
WR Juron Carlos, four receptions for 55 yards
DB Andres Delgado, one interception (20-yard return for TD)
LB Elias Johnson, one interception

Casa Grande 52, Palo Verde 8

Casa Grande holds a 5-0 record against Palo Verde dating to 1993.

From the Casa Grande Dispatch: Palo Verde (0-1) possessed the ball for the majority of the first quarter and trailed just 7-0 after the opening period. But CG Union (1-0) erupted for 32 points in the second quarter, including a 52-yard strike from sophomore quarterback Angel Flores to Cole Auza with 10 seconds left before halftime.

Campo Verde 41, Sunnyside 26

The Blue Devils welcome Glenn Posey back as head coach. Sunnyside finished 5-5 last year with a No. 22 ranking. A 6-4 finish might be enough to get into the playoffs with several 5A teams moving into the Open Championship.

Ironwood Ridge 21, Mountain View 7

Ironwood Ridge holds an 11-2 record over Mountain View dating to 2007. The Mountain Lions won in 2013 and 2017. Mountain View coach Matt Johnson faced his former team, Ironwood Ridge, for the first time after serving the last 10 years there. Both teams will battle this season for a higher playoff spot with the possibility of several 5A teams moving out to the Open Championship.

Ironwood Ridge scoring:
— 30-yard INT return by Cameron Drescher
— 52-yard reception by Hudson Thompson
— 6-yard reception by Octavio Audry-Cobos
Mountain View scoring:
— 2-yard run by quarterback Hayden Parson

Scottsdale Horizon 55, Marana 3

Horizon avenged last year’s 42-36 home loss to Marana. The Tigers, who finished 7-3 last year, have an optimistic coach in second-year coach Louie Ramirez:

Pusch Ridge 42, Rio Rico 0

Pusch Ridges holds a 3-1 record over Rio Rico dating to 2011. A difficult schedule for Pusch Ridge means win when you can.

Rio Rico standouts:
Edryann Rodriguez interception
Pusch Ridge standouts:
Gabriel Castro three touchdown runs (18 yards, 12 yards and 1 yard)
Evan Lovett TD runs of 1-yard and 16 yards
Javier Grajeda 3-yard TD run

Sahuaro 55, Vista Grande 0

Sahuaro holds a 4-0 record over Vista Grande dating to 2013 including a 56-13 win last year. The Cougars start the season with a convincing region win.

Sahuaro highlights: — Total offense of 482 yards
— Cougars rushed for 368 yards and five touchdowns.
— QB Devyn Roberts threw three TD passes, going 5-of-9 for 114 yards.
— RB Izaiah Davis ran for 123 yards and TD on 13 carries, all in the first half
— WR Ahmad Hunter had TD catches of 7 and 23 yards

Santa Cruz Valley 34, Sahuarita 18

Santa Cruz holds a 20-11 record over Sahuarita dating to 1974. The Mustangs had won the previous four games dating to 2004.

Sahuarita standouts:
Diego Ibarra recovered a fumble
Cristian Gonzales 83-yard Kick Return for a TD
Gonzales also scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Orlando Williams and a 45-yard TD run
Gonzales finished with 96 rushing yards on six carries

Douglas 49, Tanque Verde 7

The series is now tied at one win apiece despite the fact that Douglas beat Tanque Verde 55-6 last year. The team had to forfeit six games last year.

Rincon 26, Sierra Linda 8

Rincon avenged last year’s 27-19 loss in Phoenix to Sierra Linda.

Buckeye 52, Amphi 20

Buckeye holds a 2-0 record over Amphitheater now after this win and last year’s 51-7 triumph over the Panthers last year. Amphi coach Jorge Mendivil remains one win shy of career win No. 100 with a 99-97 record in his 19th year of coaching.

Nogales 28, Cholla 27

Nogales holds a 17-9 record over Cholla dating back to 1970 including eight wins in a row since 2005.

Willcox/Bowie 26, Lordsburg (N.M.) 20 (OT)

Willcox now trails11-7 in its series against Lordsburg dating to 1959. Willcox finished 7-3 last year and made the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Yuma Catholic 62, San Manuel 7

San Manuel scored its lone TD on Benny Laguna’s 1-yard run. Yuma Catholic holds a 5-0 record over San Manuel dating to 2007. The first three wins over the Miners came in the state playoffs in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Fort Thomas at Baboquivari

The game was tied at 14 before being postponed because of lightning. It was slated to resume Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Fort Thomas holds a 2-1 record over Baboquivari dating to 2015. Fort Thomas finished 6-2 last year and Baboquivari was 2-6.

Friday’s schedule

Tucson at Pueblo
Marana at Fairfax
Sahuaro at Buena
Cholla at Cienega
Sunnyside at Desert View
Empire at Rio Rico
Flowing Wells at Walden Grove
Vista Grande at Amphitheater
Douglas at Bisbee
Catalina at Palo Verde
Catalina Foothills at Cactus
Canyon del Oro at Prescott
Casa Grande at Sabino
Dobson at Salpointe
San Manuel at Benson
Santa Cruz at San Tan Foothills
Morenci at Santa Rita
San Carlos at Tombstone
Baboquivari at San Pasqual, 6 p.m.
Valley Union at Superior

BYES (9)
Ironwood Ridge
Mountain View
Pusch Ridge
Tanque Verde


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