THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
2A Morenci (1-1) at 2A Willcox (1-1)
Morenci holds a slim 24-22-2 lead over Willcox dating back to 1965 including eight wins in a row since 2010. The Cowboys are coached by Alonzo Highsmith Jr.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
6A Tucson (2-1) at 6A North (0-3) Metro Region Game
Tucson holds a 19-10 record over North dating back to 1941. The Badgers won 50-0 last year in the first meeting for the school since 1994. 1957 was the last time North beat Tucson. The Badgers can go 3-0 in the Metro Region. No room for error in the 6A playoff race.
5A Buena (1-1) at 5A Empire (1-1)
Buena beat Empire 51-28 in the first meeting between the two schools last year. This is a mini playoff game for both squads because 1-2 will be difficult to overcome in power rankings.
5A Centennial (1-1) at 5A Cienega (1-1)
Centennial is 3-0 against Cienega since 2016 by an average score of 49-9.
5A Campo Verde (3-0) at 5A Ironwood Ridge (1-1)
Campo Verde beat Ironwood Ridge 17-13 last year in the first meeting between the two programs. The Nighthawks follow this difficult game up with a trip to Centennial on Sept. 20.
5A Casteel (2-1) at 5A Mountain View (0-2)
Casteel beat Mountain View 56-0 last year in the first game between the two teams.
5A Desert View (1-1) at 5A Marana (0-3)
Marana is 11-7 against Desert View dating back to 1985. The Tigers have won the last four in a row. Marana hasn’t started out 0-4 since 2012.
4A Rio Rico (2-1) at 5A Nogales (2-0)
Nogales is 11-0 against Rio Rico since 1997 including a 45-0 win last year.
5A Cholla (1-2) at 4A Pueblo (2-0)
Pueblo holds a 28-15 record over Cholla dating back to 1972. Pueblo has won the last four in a row. The Warriors can go 3-0 for the first time since 2017.
4A Amphitheater (2-1) at 5A Flowing Wells (0-3)
Amphitheater holds a very slim 13-12-1 record over the Caballeros of Flowing Wells dating back to a 7-7 tie in 1961.
3A Tanque Verde (0-2) at 5A Rincon/UHS (1-1)
Tanque Verde beat Rincon/UHS 21-7 in the first meeting between the two programs.
4A Marcos de Niza (1-1) at 4A Sahuaro (3-0)
Sahuaro beat Marcos de Niza 42-13 in the first meeting between the two programs last year. The Cougars are looking to go 4-0 since the 9-0 season start in 2014.
4A Walden Grove (2-0) at 4A Casa Grande (1-2)
Walden Grove beat Casa Grande 28-26 in the first meeting between the two schools last year. The Red Wolves have never started out 2-0 much less 3-0. Walden Grove has not allowed a point yet and Cam Gaddis and Alex Rios from the Sugar Skulls are defensive assistants.
4A Douglas (1-2) at 3A Catalina (0-2)
Douglas holds a 19-17 lead on Catalina dating back to 1963.
3A Pusch Ridge (1-1) at 4A Canyon del Oro (3-0)
Canyon del Oro beat Pusch Ridge 33-7 last year. 2010 was the last time the Dorados started out 4-0.
3A Sabino (1-1) at 4A Catalina Foothills (1-2)
Sabino is 9-3 against Catalina Foothills dating back to 1995 including the last three since 2010 when the Falcons beat the Sabercats twice in one year.
3A Sahuarita (1-1) at 3A Coolidge (3-0)
Coolidge is 24-2 against Sahuarita dating back to 1980. 1996 was the last time Sahuarita won.
2A Santa Cruz (2-1) at 3A Kingman (2-0)
This will be the first game between the two schools. Kingman started playing in 1952 and Santa Cruz in 1965.
2A Benson (2-0) at 2A Santa Rita (1-1) Region Game
Benson beat Santa Rita 54-0 last year in the first meeting between the two schools. The Bobcats can go 3-0 for the first time since the 13-0 start by the 2015 team.
2A Miami (2-0) at 2A Bisbee (2-0)
Miami is 14-6 against Bisbee since 1969 but Bisbee beat Miami 38-8 last year in the first game between the two since 1996.
2A Tombstone (1-1) at 2A Antelope (1-1)
Antelope is 7-4 against Tombstone since 1965. Tombstone won 68-38 last year.
1A Hayden (2-0) at 1A Baboquivari (2-1)
Hayden is 9-2 over Baboquivari dating back to 1970.
1A St. David (1-1) at 1A Anthem Prep (1-2)
Anthem Prep beat St. David 60-25 last year.
1A Mogollon (2-1) at 1A Valley Union (1-2)
Mogollon is 5-2 against Valley Union since 1996 including a 50-12 win last year.
5A Sunnyside (1-2)
4A Salpointe (2-0)
4A Palo Verde (1-2)
2A San Manuel (1-2)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
6A Tucson at 5A Mountain View
5A Buena at 5A Desert View
5A Cienega at 5A Rincon/UHS
5A Ironwood Ridge at 5A Centennial
5A Marana at 5A Williams Field
5A Flowing Wells at 5A Paradise Valley
4A Sahuaro at 5A Cholla
4A Pueblo at 5A Sunnyside
4A Walden Grove at 5A Nogales
4A Palo Verde at 5A Empire
4A Canyon del Oro at 4A Amphitheater
4A Silver City (NM) at 4A Douglas
4A Casa Grande at 4A Rio Rico
4A Cactus at 4A Salpointe
3A Payson at 3A Catalina
3A Pusch Ridge at 3A Snowflake
3A Blue Ridge at 3A Sabino
3A Tanque Verde at 3A Winslow
2A Thatcher at 2A Benson
2A Bisbee at 2A Pima
2A Santa Rita at 2A Miami
2A Globe at 2A Tombstone
2A San Manuel at 2A Willcox
2A Santa Cruz at 2A Morenci
1A Valley Union at 1A Baboquivari (South Region Game)
1A St. David at 1A Ft. Thomas (South Region Game)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
3A Sahuarita at 3A Holbrook, 6 p.m.
4A Catalina Foothills
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