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FOOTBALL FRIDAY: 14 teams from Southern Arizona are on tap

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

3A Sabino at 3A Chandler AZ College Prep, 7 p.m.
First meeting between the two programs. The Knights went 5-3 last year and Sabino went 2-0.

3A Sahuarita at 3A Thatcher, 7 p.m.
The two schools are even at 2-2 but all games took place between 1970 to 1973. Thatcher was 5-4 last year and Sahuarita was 0-3.

3A Pusch Ridge at 2A Benson, 7 p.m.
Benson has a 7-3 advantage over Pusch Ridge dating back to 1999 but 2015 was the last game between the two. The Lions were 8-2 last year and Benson was 9-1 with a runner-up finish at the 2A level.

2A Catalina at 2A Bisbee, 7 p.m.
Remarkable that these two programs have never played against each other. Bisbee was 1-6 last year and the Trojans did not play.

2A Eloy Santa Cruz at 2A Gilbert San Tan Charter, 7 p.m.
Santa Cruz beat San Tan Charter 61-0 and the team finished 9-1 with a 2A state championship. The Roadrunners went 3-5.

2A Tombstone at 2A Santa Rita, 7 p.m.
Tombstone is 3-0 against Santa Rita since 1969 but the two programs didn’t play again until 2018. Santa Rita went 0-2 last year and Tombstone was 0-7.

2A Heritage Academy Laveen vs. 2A Tanque Verde at Cienega, 7 p.m.
The first meeting between the two. Tanque Verde was 3-0 last year and the Heroes were 0-7.

2A Globe at 2A Willcox, 7 p.m.
The two programs are 3-3 against each other dating back to 1975 with Globe winning the last match in 2015. Willcox was 3-3 last year and Globe was 1-4.

1A Kearny Ray (0-1) at 1A San Manuel, 7 p.m.
San Manuel holds an 18-9-1 lead on Ray dating back to a tie in 1956 but the two teams haven’t played since 2010. The Bearcats did not play last year and San Manuel went 3-2.

1A Cibecue at 1A St. David, 7 p.m.
St. David beat Cibecue 45-0 in 2019. Cibecue didn’t play last year and St. David went 5-1.

1A Bullhead City Mohave Accelerated (1-0) at 1A Valley Union (1-0), 7 p.m.
Valley Union beat Mohave Accelerated 48-44 last year. The Patriots finished 0-6 last year and the Blue Devils were 0-4.

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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 is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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