While the Pima County public school district high schools are on hold scheduling football games until in-person instruction takes place, private schools and others outside of this county are completing their schedules.
The AIA announced yesterday it is going forward with fall competition using strict health safety guidelines related to COVID-19. Local public schools are not competing until the Pima County Health Department deems it safe enough for school campuses to open for instruction.
Casa Grande coach Jake Barro announced via Twitter that his team will open Oct. 2 at Salpointe Catholic, which is under first-year coach Eric Rogers, who is taking over for Dennis Bene. After coaching 19 years at his alma mater, Bene resigned after last season.
The game will feature two touted Class of 2022 quarterbacks — Arizona-commit Treyson Bourguet of Salpointe and Angel Flores of Casa Grande. Flores is receiving scholarship offers from Division I schools.
The Lancers are also slated to play at Phoenix Pinnacle on Oct. 16, according to a tweet made by the Pioneers today. An official schedule for Salpointe has not been finalized.
Pusch Ridge, a private religious school like Salpointe, officially has its 3A South schedule (without Sabino and Sahuarita). The Lions, who will play eight games, open at home against San Tan Valley Eastmark on Oct. 2. They will be coached by Kent Middleton, who took over the program after Jerry Harris resigned after last season.
PUSCH RIDGE 2020 SCHEDULE
Local 2A schools have official schedules. They are Benson, Bisbee, Tombstone and Willcox. They are listed below (using AIA graphics).
Baboquivari and St. David are the local 1A schools. Baboquivari has already canceled its season. Official schedules for 1A schools will be released soon.
Benson 2020 Schedule
Bisbee 2020 Schedule
Tombstone 2020 Schedule
Willcox 2020 Schedule
Other Southern Arizona schools not in Pima County who do not have an official schedule as of now:
- Douglas (although the Bulldogs are scheduled to play at Pusch Ridge on Oct. 16)
- Rio Rico
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