FRIDAY, SEPT. 27
4A Salpointe (3-0) at 6A Tucson (3-2)
Salpointe owns a 38-21-2 advantage over Tucson dating back to 1956 including 24-1 since 1993. Bijan Robinson is now only 366 yards away from setting a new 4A-6A or “Big School” rushing record and only 184 yards away from passing Ka’Deem Carey for the Tucson record.
5A Nogales (3-1) at 5A Empire (1-3)
Empire beat Nogales 37-18 last year.
5A Apollo (1-3) at 5A Buena (3-1)
Apollo beat Buena 43-42 last year. The Colts need this win to stay in the playoff hunt. Jovoni Borbon is 255 yards away from 5,000 career passing yards.
5A Mountain View (1-3) at 5A Cienega (2-2)
Cienega is 5-4 against Mountain View dating back to 2011. The Bobcats are primed for a run.
5A Desert View (2-2) at 5A Ironwood Ridge (1-3)
Ironwood Ridge beat Desert View 48-15 last year. A big game for both squads.
4A Sahuaro (5-0) at 5A Sunnyside (1-3)
Sahuaro holds an 18-14-1 record over Sunnyside dating back to 1968 including the last six in a row.
5A Rincon/UHS (2-2) at 4A Palo Verde (2-2)
Rincon holds a 24-18-1 advantage over Palo Verde dating back to 1963 including the last five in a row. A big city game.
4A Catalina Foothills (1-3) at 4A Pueblo (4-0)
Catalina Foothills holds a 20-4 record over Pueblo dating back to 1997. 2004 was the last time Pueblo beat Catalina Foothills and 1958 was the only time the Warriors started out 5-0.
4A Glendale (3-1) at 4A Walden Grove (3-1)
Glendale beat Walden Grove 35-14 last year. Important power-ranking game for both squads.
3A Sabino (3-1) at 3A Franklin (5-0)
Teams are 1-1 against each other. Massive power-point game.
3A Fountain Hills (2-2) at 3A Pusch Ridge (1-3)
Pusch Ridge beat Fountain Hills 27-3 last year.
3A Catalina (0-4) at 3A Coolidge (4-1)
Coolidge beat Catalina 39-20 last year.
3A AZ College Prep (4-1) at 3A Tanque Verde (0-4)
Tanque Verde beat Arizona College Prep 35-28 last year.
3A Sahuarita (2-2) at 3A San Tan Foothills (1-3)
Sahuarita beat San Tan Foothills 43-6 last year. The Mustangs are in playoff mode.
2A Benson (3-1) at 2A Heritage Academy (2-3)
Benson beat Heritage Academy 61-0 last year.
2A Bisbee (4-0) at 2A Morenci (2-2)
Morenci holds a 17-11 advantage over Bisbee dating back to 1963. Bisbee was last 5-0 in 2010.
2A Tombstone (1-3) at 2A Pima (2-2)
Pima holds a 13-8 record over Tombstone dating back to 1985.
2A Willcox (2-2) at 2A Arizona Lutheran (4-1)
Arizona Lutheran is 2-1 against Willcox.
2A San Manuel (1-3) at 2A Santa Rita (1-3)
San Manuel beat Santa Rita 47-28 last year.
2A Thatcher (3-1) at 2A Santa Cruz (4-1)
Thatcher is 2-1 against Santa Cruz. Huge 2A game.
1A St. David (2-2) at 1A Duncan (3-1)
Duncan is 6-5 against St. David since 1937.
1A Ft. Thomas (2-3) at 1A Valley Union (1-4)
Valley Union is 7-5 against Ft. Thomas dating back to 1984.
5A Marana (0-5)
5A Flowing Wells (0-5)
5A Cholla (1-4)
4A Amphitheater (3-2)
4A Douglas (2-3)
4A Rio Rico (2-3)
4A Canyon del Oro (5-0)
THURSDAY, OCT. 3
5A Desert View at Rincon/UHS (Region)
FRIDAY, OCT. 4
5A Marana at 5A Buena (Region)
5A Cienega at 5A Sunnyside (Region)
5A Ironwood Ridge at 5A Nogales (Region)
5A Cholla at 5A Mountain View (Region)
5A Empire at 5A Flowing Wells (Region)
4A Salpointe at 4A Sahuaro (Region)
4A Amphitheater at 4A Palo Verde (Region)
4A Douglas at 4A Pueblo (Region)
4A Walden Grove at 4A Rio Rico (Region)
4A Canyon del Oro at 4A Catalina Foothills (Region)
3A Catalina at 3A Sabino (Region)
3A Tanque Verde at 3A Pusch Ridge (Region)
3A Sahuarita at 3A Safford (Region)
2A Benson at 2A Tombstone (Region)
2A Bisbee at 2A Willcox (Region)
2A Santa Rita at 2A Tonopah
2A Santa Cruz at 2A Phoenix Christian (Region)
2A Chandler Prep at 2A San Manuel (Region)
2A St. David at 2A Valley Union
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