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Football Week Two: Willcox and Salpointe games canceled; Nine Southern Arizona teams still playing

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

5A BUENA(1-0) at 5A Paradise Valley (0-1), 7 p.m.

It took a pandemic and some creative scheduling to get this game together. Buena scrambled to play San Tan Valley Combs to open up the season and then the game scheduled for this Friday at Salpointe had to be postponed due to CIVID-19 concerns with the Lancers. The method of not knowing your opponent until a few days before competition appears to be the way for a few teams in the state this fall.

Buena and Paradise Valley have never met but the Colts could go 2-0 and be on track to be the only big school from Southern Arizona to qualify for the state tournament.

3A Pusch Ridge (1-0) at 3A YUMA CATHOLIC (1-0), 7 p.m.

Yuma Catholic is 3-1 against the Lions of Pusch Ridge dating back to Shamrocks’ first season in 2001. Pusch Ridge won that battle but Yuma Catholic has come out on top since then with two of the three victories coming in the state playoffs.

3A Coolidge (1-0) at 2A SANTA CRUZ (1-0), 7 p.m.

Coolidge holds a 38-31-1 advantage over Eloy Santa Cruz dating back to 1949. The two programs played each other every year from 1949 to 2017 and Coolidge put together 19 straight wins from 1991 to 2008.

Hunter Ogle gained 246 rushing yards with three TDs last week for the Dust Devils.

2A Miami (1-0) at 2 BENSON (1-0), 7 p.m.

Benson is 4-0 against Miami dating back to 2008 and the two teams haven’t played since 2015.

2A BISBEE (0-1) at 2A Globe (0-0), 7 p.m.

Bisbee is 15-14 against Globe dating back to 1936 including back-to-back wins in the last two years.

2A Tombstone (0-1) at 2A MARICOPA SEQUOIA PATHWAY (1-0), 7 p.m.

The first meeting between the two schools with this being Sequoia Pathway’s first season in the AIA.

1A ST. DAVID (1-0) at 1A Elfrida Valley Union (0-1), 6 p.m.

The two programs have been playing since the 1950s but accurate records against the two are hard to come by but Valley Union holds a slim 10-9 advantage in modern times but St. David won big 70-12 last year.

1A SAN MANUEL (0-0) at 1A Duncan (0-1), 6 p.m.

San Manuel is in the 1A Conference this year and the Miners are 1-1 against Duncan dating back to 2001.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and was given the Amphi Distinguished Service Award. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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