FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
6A Tucson (3-1) at 5A Mountain View Marana (0-3)
Mountain View has a 14-5 advantage over Tucson dating back to 1993. The Badgers won 19-14 last year. Basically an early playoff game for both teams.
5A Buena (2-1) at 5A Desert View (2-1)
Buena holds a 9-2 record over Desert View dating back to 1989 including a 27-8 win last year. Desert View hasn’t beaten Buena since 1994. There might not be a 5A team from Southern Arizona in the state playoffs. One of these teams might need to make a move.
5A Cienega (1-2) at 5A Rincon/UHS (2-1)
Cienega beat Rincon/UHS 56-14 last year in the first meeting between the two programs. The Bobcats need this win just to draw even.
5A Ironwood Ridge (1-2) at 5A Centennial (2-1)
Centennial holds a 3-2 record on Ironwood Ridge dating back to 2008 including 55-7 last year. Could be a long night for Ironwood Ridge, battling one of the top teams in the state.
5A Marana (0-4) at 5A Williams Field (2-2)
Williams Field is 2-0 against Marana including 33-14 last year. Marana is in danger of falling to 0-5 for the first time since 2012.
5A Flowing Wells (0-4) at 5A Paradise Valley (3-0)
Flowing Wells beat Paradise Valley 50-43 last year in the first meeting between the two programs. Flowing Wells is in danger of falling to 0-5 for the first time since 2013.
4A Sahuaro (4-0) at 5A Cholla (1-3)
Sahuaro is 19-3 against Cholla dating back to 1969. Cholla hasn’t won in this matchup since 1978. The Cougars are looking to move to 5-0 and keep pace with Canyon del Oro.
4A Pueblo (3-0) at 5A Sunnyside (1-2)
Sunnyside is 31-12 against Pueblo since 1962. Sunnyside beat Pueblo 21-14 last year. 1992 was the last year the Warriors started out 4-0.
4A Walden Grove (2-1) at 5A Nogales (3-0)
Walden Grove is 3-0 against Nogales by an average score of 37-3. Both teams are trying to prove they are for real come ranking time.
4A Palo Verde (1-2) at 5A Empire (1-2)
Empire is 4-2 over Palo Verde dating back to 2011.
4A Cactus (3-0) at 4A Salpointe (2-0)
Salpointe is 2-0 against Cactus since 2017 by an average score of 45-14. The loser is out of the Open Division. Bijan Robinson is only 536 yards away from setting a new 4A-6A career rushing record.
4A Canyon del Oro (4-0) at 4A Amphitheater (3-1)
Amphitheater holds a 28-19 advantage over Canyon del Oro dating back to 1967 but the Panthers last victory came in 2003. The Dorados haven’t seen 5-0 since 2010.
4A Silver City, NM (1-2) at 4A Douglas (2-2)
Douglas holds a slim 10-8 margin over Silver City dating back to 1924.
4A Casa Grande (2-2) at 4A Rio Rico (2-2)
Casa Grande beat Rio Rico 70-7 last year in the first meeting between the two schools.
3A Blue Ridge (4-0) at 3A Sabino (2-1)
Sabino beat Blue Ridge 38-6 last year in the first meeting between the two schools. Sabino is one of the top teams in Southern Arizona along with Salpointe, Sahuaro and Canyon del Oro but the Sabercats need this win to stay in the 3A hunt.
3A Payson (2-1) at 3A Catalina (0-3)
Payson beat Catalina 32-14 last year in the first meeting between the two schools.
3A Pusch Ridge (1-2) at 3A Snowflake (3-1)
Snowflake beat Pusch Ridge 21-7 last year in the first meeting between the two schools.
3A Tanque Verde (0-3) at 3A Winslow (3-1)
Winslow beat Tanque Verde 40-0 last year in the first meeting between the two schools.
2A Thatcher (2-1) at 2A Benson (3-0)
Thatcher holds a 27-12 lead over Benson dating back to 1972 including the last eight since 2009.
2A Bisbee (3-0) at 2A Pima (2-1)
Pima holds slim 7-6 advantage on Bisbee dating back to 1991. Bisbee started the 20-10 season out with five wins.
2A Santa Rita (1-2) at 2A Miami (2-1)
Miami beat Santa Rita 6-3 last year in the first meeting between the two schools.
2A Globe (1-3) at 2A Tombstone (1-2)
Globe beat Tombstone 49-40 last year in the first meeting between the two schools.
2A San Manuel (1-2) at 2A Willcox (1-2)
San Manuel holds a 9-3-1 advantage over Willcox dating back to 1955 but the Cowboys have won the last two.
2A Santa Cruz (3-1) at 2A Morenci (2-1)
Santa Cruz holds a 4-2 record over Morenci dating back to 1968. Morenci won 42-12 last year. The Dust Devils are looking to be more consistent with a win at Morenci.
1A Valley Union (1-3) at 1A Baboquivari (2-2)
Valley Union is 3-0 against Baboquivari including a 70-24 win last year.
1A St. David (1-2) at 1A Ft. Thomas (2-2)
St. David holds a 9-7 lead over Ft. Thomas dating back to 1984
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
3A Sahuarita (1-2) at 3A Holbrook (0-3), 6 p.m.
Sahuarita beat Holbrook 46-0 last year in the first meeting between the two schools.
4A Catalina Foothills (1-3)
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27
4A Salpointe at 6A Tucson
5A Nogales at 5A Empire
5A Apollo at 5A Buena
5A Mountain View at 5A Cienega
5A Desert View at 5A Ironwood Ridge
4A Sahuaro at 5A Sunnyside
5A Rincon/UHS at 4A Palo Verde
4A Catalina Foothills at 4A Pueblo
3A Sabino at 3A Franklin
3A Fountain Hills at 3A Pusch Ridge
3A Catalina at 3A Coolidge
3A AZ College Prep at 3A Tanque Verde
3A Sahuarita at 3A San Tan Foothills
2A Benson at 2A Heritage Academy
2A Bisbee at 2 A Morenci
2A Tombstone at 2A Pima
2A Willcox at 2A Arizona Lutheran
2A San Manuel at 2A Santa Rita
2A Thatcher at 2A Santa Cruz
1A Baboquivari at 1A Cibecue
1A St. David at 1A Duncan
1A Ft. Thomas at 1A Valley Union
5A Flowing Wells
4A Rio Rico
4A Canyon del Oro
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