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Kent Middleton earns first coaching victory with Pusch Ridge

Evan Lovett. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Pusch Ridge is an established program with a proven winning philosophy that has endured through several different coaching changes in this past decade alone and first-year head coach Kent Middleton appears to be the perfect fit for a program that wins on and off the field. His gentle approach, and his complete trust in his assistants, can be traced back to 32 years on the sidelines as an assistant coach.

“The sideline for me is the easy part. That’s where I’m comfortable,” Middleton explained after his first win as a head coach. “I have a staff that’s phenomenal. They are experienced coaches who have had great success elsewhere. I really believe they are what makes us special.”

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

5A Salpointe 29, 4A Casa Grande 21
5A Buena 33, 4A Combs 20
3A Pusch Ridge 41, 3A Mesa Eastmark 6
2A Benson 21, 2A Phoenix Veritas Prep 0
2A Maricopa Sequoia Pathway 38 at 2A Bisbee 22
2A Santa Cruz 61, 2A Gilbert San Tan Charter 0
2A Scottsdale Prep 47, 2A Tombstone 17
1A St. David 50, 1A Chandler Lincoln Prep 14
1A Superior 54, 1A Valley Union 0

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

5A Buena (1-0) at 5A Salpointe (1-0), 7 p.m.
3A Pusch Ridge (1-0) at 3A Yuma Catholic (1-0), 7 p.m.
3A Coolidge (1-0) at 2A Santa Cruz (1-0), 7 p.m.
2A Miami (1-0) at 2 Benson (1-0), 7 p.m.
2A Bisbee (0-1) at 2A Globe (0-0), 7 p.m.
2A Valley Lutheran (0-1) at 2A Willcox (0-0), 7 p.m.
2A Tombstone (0-1) at 2A Maricopa Sequoia Pathway (1-0), 7 p.m.
1A St. David (1-0) at 1A Valley Union (0-1), 6 p.m.
1A San Manuel (0-0) at 1A Duncan (0-1), 6 p.m.

Kent Middleton (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

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