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Amphi Stays Undefeated; Salpointe, Pusch Ridge, Benson & Santa Cruz to the State Playoffs

Amphi head coach Jorge Mendivil talks things over with QB Junior Goldshteyn. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

LINK: AMPHI/RINCON/UHS PHOTOS

Amphitheater moved to 4-0 on the year after beating Rincon/University 42-0 Friday night for the first time since legendary football Vern Friedli guided the Panthers to a 13-1 record in 1997. That team lost to Mountain View Mesa 28-24 in the 5A state championship game but the current team will not get that kind of finish with the majority of Tucson area squads unable to qualify for the state playoffs.

The AIA Bracket Release Show is scheduled for Saturday morning and only Salpointe and Pusch Ridge will have a spot reserved for them in the state playoffs. 2A powers from Southern Arizona, Benson and Santa Cruz, will also draw attention after winning play-in games on Friday night..

LINK: Story at AZPREPS365

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Football Play-In Tournament
3A: No. 3 Pusch Ridge 49, No. 14 Gilbert Christian 7
2A: No. 1 Benson 28, No. 17 Pima 7
2A: No. 3 Santa Cruz 60, No. 14 Veritas Prep 6
2A: No. 4 Arizona Lutheran 41, No. 13 Willcox 8

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

4A Volleyball Championship at Gilbert Mesquite
No. 2 Salpointe (17-2) vs. No. 1 Notre Dame (17-0), 11 a.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27

FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS
Open: Salpointe vs. TBD, 7 p.m.
3A: Pusch Ridge vs. TBD, 7 p.m.
2A: Benson vs. TBD, 7 p.m.
2A: Santa Cruz vs. TBD, 7 p.m.

TUCSON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
5A Marana 34, 6A Tucson 27
5A Salpointe 31, 5A Desert Mountain 3
4A Amphitheater 42, 5A Rincon/UHS 0
5A Mountain View 35, 4A Sahuaro 7
5A Flowing Wells 36, 4A Palo Verde 6
4A Canyon del Oro 20, 4A Catalina Foothills 6
3A Sabino 61, 4A Empire 7
2A Tanque Verde 27, 3A Sahuarita 14

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
5A Flowing Wells (1-2) at 4A Catalina Foothills (1-1), 6 p.m.
4A Empire (0-1) at 4A Amphitheater (4-0), 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
6A Tucson (1-1) at 4A Sahuaro (0-3), 1 p.m.
5A Cienega (2-0) at 5A Sunnyside (1-0), Noon
5A Mountain View (1-1) at 5A Desert View (0-1), 7 p.m.
4A Canyon del Oro (3-1) at 5A Marana (1-2), 7 p.m.
4A Palo Verde (1-1) at 2A Tanque Verde (3-0), 7 p.m.
2A Santa Rita (0-2) at 3A Sahuarita (0-3), 7 p.m.

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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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