For the fifth time in the last seven years, the Dust Devils of Santa Cruz Valley opened up a season with a 2-0 record and the team is putting up points at an alarming rate. The Dust Devils beat San Tan Charter 61-0 last week and Coolidge 42-18 Friday night at home for a 103-18 margin of victory and the fast start has proven to be an indicator for success for the program.
Rishard Davis went 3-6 in his first year as a head coach but he went 9-3 in 2015 with a quarterfinal finish, 12-1 in 2016 with a semifinal run, 12-1 in 2017 with a runner-up finish and 10-3 last year with another semifinal run. He missed the playoffs in 2018 with a 4-6 record but that team had difficulty scoring until the final two weeks of the season when the team scored 150 points and gave up none in back-to-back victories….
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
5A Buena 58, 5A Paradise Valley 6
3A Yuma Catholic 14, 3A Pusch Ridge 7
2A Santa Cruz 42, 3A Coolidge 18
2A Benson 40, 2A Miami 16
2A Globe 20, 2A Bisbee 14
2A Maricopa Sequoia Pathway 55, 2A Tombstone 0
1A St. David 45, 1A Elfrida Valley Union 0
1A San Manuel 46, 1A Duncan 14
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15
2A Eloy Santa Cruz (2-0) at Heritage Academy Laveen (0-2), 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16
5A Salpointe (1-0) at 6A Phoenix Pinnacle (1-1), 7 p.m..
3A Thatcher (1-1) at 3A Pusch Ridge (1-1), 7 p.m.
2A Benson (2-0) at 2A Pima (0-1), 7 p.m.
2A Morenci (2-0) at 2A Bisbee (0-2), 7 p.m.
2A Willcox (0-0) at 2A Tombstone (0-2), 7 p.m.
1A Duncan (0-2) at 1A St. David (2-0), 6 p.m.
1A Ft. Thomas (0-2) at 1A San Manuel (1-0), 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
1A Elfrida Valley Union (0-2) at Bullhead City Mohave Accelerated (0-2), 3 p.m.
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