Marana opens up season; Ironwood Ridge to host Cienega

It was Senior Night for the Tigers (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Maricopa moved to 2-4 on the year beating Marana 18-6 Friday night in a game defined by penalties, punts, turnovers and the play of Maricopa senior RB Mister Chavis. Chavis finished the night with 76 yards on 20 rushes but he was a bright spot in a very difficult game with a touchdown run of five yards, a TD catch of 10 yards and an interception return of 65 yards to account for all the scoring in the game.

The was the first game of the year for the Tigers and it was also senior night which accounted for over 100 yards in penalties, eight punts and four turnovers but the Rams were also misfiring despite coming in with five games already played. The Rams also gave up four turnovers in the game and the team was equally flagged. The game was played and won on the defensive end…..


Word came down during the game that Buena was called back to Sierra Vista and the scheduled game against Ironwood Ridge was cancelled. In a very quick turnaround, The Nighthawks scheduled a home game against Cienega on Saturday at 2 p.m. to replace the Buena game.

Cienega is 39-1 against teams from Southern Arizona dating back to Oct. of 2015 and Ironwood Ridge was the only team to beat the Bobcats and that game took place in 2018.

Salpointe and Buena should become playoff eligible next week when and if the Colts host Cienega and the Lancers play at Marana Mountain View on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Cienega and Ironwood Ridge are also scheduled to play each other on Dec. 10 and that game can move forward under current AIA rules.

The Marana defense was at mid-season form (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


5A Salpointe 38, 6A Mountain Ridge 21
6A Tucson 21, 5A Cholla 7
5A Sunnyside 49, 5A Flowing Wells 17
5A Maricopa 18, 5A Marana 6
2A Tanque Verde 49, 5A Rincon/UHS 10
4A Canyon del Oro 21, 5A Desert View 20
4A Walden Grove 29, 4A Sahuaro 28.
4A Amphitheater 41, 3A Sahuarita 19
4A Rio Rico 36, 2A Santa Rita 19
3A Pusch Ridge 70, 3A ALA-Ironwood 9
2A Benson 56, 2A Tombstone 7
2A Santa Cruz 43, 2A AZ College Prep 37
2A Pima 41, 2A Bisbee 0
2A Morenci 27, 2A Willcox 21
1A Duncan 60, 1A Valley Union 26


5A Cienega (1-0) at Ironwood Ridge (0-0), 2 p.m.


5A Nogales (0-0) at 6A Tucson (1-0), 7 p.m.
5A Cienega (1-0) at 5A Buena (2-2), 7 p.m.
5A Desert View (0-1) at 5A Sunnyside (1-0), 7 p.m.
5A Ironwood Ridge (0-0) at 4A Canyon del Oro (1-1), 7 p.m.
5A Marana (0-1) at 4A Walden Grove (2-0), 7 p.m.
5A Flowing Wells (0-1) at 4A Amphitheater (2-0), 7 p.m.
4A Pueblo (0-0) at 5A Cholla (0-1), 7 p.m.
4A Douglas (0-1) at 4A Rio Rico (0-1), 7 p.m.
4A Sahuaro (0-1) at 3A Sabino (0-0), 7 p.m.
3A Sahuarita (0-1) at 4A Catalina Foothills (0-0), 7 p.m.
3A Florence (1-5) at 3A Pusch Ridge (5-1), 7 p.m.
2A Catalina (0-0) at 5A Rincon/UHS (0-1), 7 p.m.
2A Santa Rita (0-1) at 4A Palo Verde (0-0), 7 p.m.
2A Willcox (3-1) at 2A Benson (5-0), 7 p.m.
2A Tombstone (0-6) at 2A Bisbee (0-6), 7 p.m.


5A Salpointe (4-0) at 5A Mountain View (0-0), 4 p.m.


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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