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Pusch Ridge standout Evan Lovett named APS Digital/Frog & Firkin Football Player of the Week

Evan Lovett (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Pusch Ridge senior athlete Evan Lovett rushed for 141 yards on six carries with scoring runs of 62, 10 and 20 yards to help lead the Lions past Mesa Eastmark 41-6 on Friday night at home.

Lovett also came up with a plus 70-yard punt in the game. In all, the Lions put together over 450 yards of offense and their defense limited the Firebirds to less than 175. Pusch Ridge visits Yuma Catholic (1-0) next Friday night.

Lovett earns a banner from APS Digital Print and the “Frog & Firkin Football” for his teammates to sign.

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 2

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 Phoenix 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 Elfrida Valley Union (0-1), 6 p.m.
1A San Manuel (0-0) at 1A Duncan (0-1), 6 p.m.

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