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Southern Arizona High School Football Scheduled to Kick Off Oct. 30


Southern Arizona high schools are scheduled to return to the football field Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 after more than two months of a delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local schools are each slated to play six or seven games with the regular season tentatively scheduled to end Dec. 10.

A flex week for games is scheduled Dec. 18 for games to be made up if COVID-19 forces the postponement of games or if the AIA allows Southern Arizona schools to compete for a local championship, according to a local administrator.

The state playoffs for Class 2A to 6A are slated to begin Nov. 27. A school is presently required to play four games to qualify for the playoffs.

Schools that have already started their season — Salpointe, Pusch Ridge and Buena — would play in the state tournament.

By Nov. 27, many of the Tucson teams will have played only three games. Those schools include Catalina, Catalina Foothills, Cholla, Palo Verde, Pueblo, Rincon/University, Sabino, Sahuaro, Santa Rita and Tucson.

A Southern Arizona region meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the possibility of a four-school playoff at the end of the season.

Here are the schedules for each Southern Arizona school starting Oct. 30 with notes:

Oct. 30

  • Sahuarita at Amphi
  • Buena at Casa Grande
  • Cienega at CDO
  • Desert View at Nogales
  • Douglas at Walden Grove
  • Empire at Rio Rico
  • Mountain View at Flowing Wells
  • Sunnyside at Ironwood Ridge
  • Salpointe at Marana … Lancers QB Treyson Bourguet plays his former school.
  • Pusch Ridge at San Tan Foothills

Nov. 6

  • Amphi at Douglas
  • CDO at Desert View
  • Catalina Foothills at Ironwood Ridge
  • Palo Verde at Catalina
  • Cholla at Tucson … Virgil Henderson returns to Cholla sideline as coach
  • Nogales at Cienega
  • Empire at Pueblo … Jake Allen makes his debut as Pueblo’s coach
  • Flowing Wells at Sunnyside
  • Marana at Mountain View … The Battle of the Boot Rivalry
  • Rincon/University at Tanque Verde … The start of the Jay Dobyns era as head coach at Tanque Verde and Khyree Copeland at R/U
  • Rio Rico at Santa Rita
  • Sabino at Sahuarita
  • Sahuaro at Walden Grove
  • Mountain Ridge at Salpointe
  • ALA-Ironwood at Pusch Ridge

Nov. 13

  • Flowing Wells at Amphi
  • Cienega at Buena … Much-anticipated game of two local powers
  • Ironwood Ridge at CDO … Amphi School District rivals face off
  • Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills
  • Catalina at Rincon/University
  • Pueblo at Cholla
  • Desert View at Sunnyside … Duel of the District
  • Douglas at Rio Rico
  • Tanque Verde at Empire
  • Marana at Walden Grove
  • Salpointe at Mountain View
  • Nogales at Tucson
  • Santa Rita at Palo Verde
  • Sahuaro at Sabino … Intense eastside rivalry
  • Florence at Pusch Ridge

Nov. 20

  • Rincon/University at Amphi
  • CDO at Catalina Foothills
  • Tanque Verde at Catalina
  • Cholla at Santa Rita
  • Marana at Cienega
  • Ironwood Ridge at Desert View
  • Sahuarita at Douglas
  • Sabino at Empire
  • Palo Verde at Flowing Wells
  • Sahuaro at Mountain View
  • Rio Rico at Nogales … Rivalry near the border
  • Sunnyside at Tucson
  • Walden Grove at Pueblo
  • Salpointe at Desert Mountain

Nov. 27

  • Empire at Amphi
  • CDO at Marana
  • Cholla at Catalina Foothills
  • Catalina at Pueblo
  • Cienega at Sunnyside
  • Mountain View at Desert View
  • Douglas at Nogales
  • Rio Rico at Flowing Wells
  • Ironwood Ridge at Rincon/University
  • Palo Verde at Tanque Verde
  • Walden Grove at Sabino … WG’s strong defense vs. Sabino’s potent offense
  • Tucson at Sahuaro
  • Santa Rita at Sahuarita

Dec. 4

  • Amphi at Catalina
  • CDO at Sahuaro
  • Sabino at Catalina Foothills
  • Desert View at Cholla
  • Mountain View at Cienega
  • Empire at Douglas
  • Flowing Wells at Ironwood Ridge
  • Sunnyside at Marana
  • Nogales at Walden Grove
  • Pueblo at Palo Verde
  • Tucson at Rincon/University
  • Rio Rico at Sahuarita
  • Tanque Verde at Santa Rita

Dec. 10

  • Amphi at Rio Rico
  • Walden Grove at CDO
  • Catalina Foothills at Palo Verde
  • Santa Rita at Catalina
  • Ironwood Ridge at Cienega
  • Marana at Desert View
  • Sahuarita at Empire
  • Rincon/University at Flowing Wells
  • Tucson at Mountain View
  • Pueblo at Sabino
  • Sahuaro at Sunnyside


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