Tucson High School Sports

Catalina Foothills Moves Forward With Football


Catalina Football coach Darius Kelly confirmed via a text message to me tonight that the Falcons are “moving forward” with football this fall after a delay of more than two months because of COVID-19.

The Falcons, who have yet to have contact drills with pads, will not play until a target date of Nov. 13, according to school officials.

The Sunnyside Unified School District — with Desert View and Sunnyside — is the lone district that has not alerted its administrators and coaches that a football season will be played. All other Southern Arizona public school districts are moving forward with football.

Catalina Foothills will be in its second season of the Darius Kelly era (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

TUSD made that determination Friday and the schools in that district started practice with pads today.

Sunnyside’s school board will vote tomorrow at its bi-weekly meeting about whether football and the winter season contact sports — wrestling, soccer and basketball — will be held. According to administrators and coaches, five student-athletes will attend the meeting to voice to the board members why they want their sports to be played.

Here are the proposed tentative schedules for each Southern Arizona school starting Friday with notes (with Sunnyside and Desert View in italics because the Sunnyside Unified School District has yet to announce it is going forward with contact drills and competition):

Friday

  • Sahuarita at Amphi
  • Buena at Casa Grande
  • Cienega at CDO
  • Douglas at Walden Grove
  • Empire at Rio Rico
  • Pusch Ridge at San Tan Foothills

Nov. 6

  • Amphi at Douglas
  • CDO at Desert View
  • 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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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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