THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
5A Salpointe 30, 5A Cienega 22
ICYMI: Salpointe can use last night’s win as a lesson and Cienega can use the loss for motivation. Both teams should prosper from the experience. https://t.co/3lOc7KP6I8
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) September 17, 2021
— QB Treyson Bourguet, a senior, completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 213 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 37 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown.
— RB Anthony Wilhite, a senior, rushed for 86 yards on 19 carries
— WR Bryce Robinson, a senior, tallied three receptions for 84 yards
— WR/CB Antonio Martinez, a senior, had three catches for 64 yards and a TD and also had a game-saving interception with 31 seconds left.
— The Lancers start 9-1 in the Eric Rogers era.
— QB Brayden Cherry, a junior, completed 16 of 27 pass attempts for 252 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions
— TE Brody Kallman, a senior, had four receptions for 50 yards
— WR Jimmy Diaz, a sophomore, had three catches for 72 yards
— WR CJ Hangartner, a senior, tallied three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown
— LB Ritchie McCormack, a senior, had 11 tackles
— LB Cole McFarland, a senior, had six tackles, two of them sacks
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
5A Marana 48, 6A Tucson 7
Marana @MaranaFB rolls over Tucson 48-7 on the road to remain undefeated. The Tigers’ dynamic offense was too much for the Badgers. Read my game story for All Sports Tucson. @AllSportsTucson https://t.co/HmsYz9BmF8
— Kevin Murphy (@KevinMurfee) September 18, 2021
— QB Elijah Joplin, a junior, completed 21 of 29 passes for 340 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
— RB Matthew Jensen, a junior, rushed 16 times for 116 yards with two touchdowns and had six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
— WR Chika Ebunoha, a senior, had seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.
— WR/DB Samuel Brown, a junior, tallied four receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown and had 11 tackles.
— LB Troy Fox, a senior, had 11 tackles, one for loss, and made a fumble recovery.
— DE Daniel Parrish, a senior, had 10 tackles
— LB Colin Bourguet, a senior, finished with eight tackles, one for loss
5A Nogales 24, 5A Cholla 3
— Nogales Apaches (@NogiAthletics) September 18, 2021
— Nogales is 2-0 under Jake Teyechea after not playing a game last season due to COVID-19 protocol. Teyechea, a Nogales alum, is in his fourth season as the Apaches’ coach. His team started 3-0 in 2019.
5A Ironwood Ridge 13, 5A Campo Verde 7
— Michael Rincon Photo (@MRinconPhoto) September 18, 2021
— QB Tyler Haynie, a senior, completed 10 of 20 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed for 45 yards on 10 carries.
— RB Jordan Thomas, a junior, rushed for 92 yards on 18 rushes, and he had four receptions for 63 yards.
— RB Landon Billings, a senior, had 112 yards rushing on 20 carries.
— LB Ethan Morrison, a senior, amassed 10 tackles, one for loss.
— DE Sam Benjamin, a senior, had seven tackles, three for loss, including two sacks
— LB Anthony Cox, a senior, had eight tackles.
5A Rincon/UHS 26, 5A Maryvale 8
Mikey (#8) did great tonight, despite not being 💯. He had 4 catches and an interception! 2nd interception of the season and 1st win for the Rangers. Not the 2 hour trek back home. Great job boys!! @MikeyGJr1 @rurangerfb pic.twitter.com/FKa1B609cP
— *Vero* (@football_mama85) September 18, 2021
— The Rangers (1-2) won the first game of the Khyree Copeland era. The second-year coach took over the program last year but Rincon/University played only two games because of COVID-19 protocol.
— DB Mikey Garcia had his second interception of the season.
5A Sunnyside 35, 5A Paradise Valley 7
Sorry. Final score: Sunnyside 35-7. Blue Devils move to 2-1 on season. BDN player of the game: Brock McDaniel. Back from injury and unofficially 150+ yards on the night. Had 2 TD’s in 1st half.
— Blue Devil News 28 (@bdn28) September 18, 2021
— QB Deion Conde, a junior, completed 7 of 15 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
— RB Brock McDaniel, a senior, tallied 185 yards rushing on 16 carries with two touchdowns.
— LB Carlos Rendon, a senior, had nine tackles, one a sack.
— LB Johnny Rendon, a junior, finished with nine tackles
— SS Jose Ramirez, a junior, had seven tackles, two that were sacks.
— CB Anthony Ramirez, a sophomore, made three interceptions.
5A Mountain View 26, 4A Sahuaro 7
.@MtnLionFootball & sophomore QB Will Howell, playing in only second varsity game, took care of business against a shorthanded Sahuaro team that had 9 players out due to COVID-19 protocol. Howell completed his first 14 passes to lead the Mountain Lions: https://t.co/Ja7SusaQz1
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) September 18, 2021
— QB Will Howell, a junior, completed 17 of 20 passes for 239 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
— RB Tairiq Booker, a junior, rushed seven times for 57 yards and a touchdown.
— WR/DB Dillon Arvayo, a senior, had six catches for 93 yards and seven tackles
— RB Javez Blair, senior, had 101 yards on 18 carries.
— WR Alexander Vales, a senior, had four catches for 92 yards and a touchdown
5A Flowing Wells 37, 4A Empire 21
— Flowing Wells Football (@CabFootball) September 19, 2021
— The Caballeros ended an 11-game losing streak on the road dating to the 2018 season.
— QB Miles Kinney, a senior, completed 7 of 10 passes for 124 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
— RB/LB Jake Lambert, a senior, rushed for 60 yards on 18 carries, and he tallied 17 tackles, including one for loss.
— WR/CB Jacob Puentes, a senior, had five receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and he recorded an interception.
— CB Ace Weissenberger, a sophomore, had eight tackles.
— DE Michael Consentino, a junior, had seven tackles, including a sack, and he had two fumble recoveries.
4A Catalina Foothills 34, 4A Pueblo 16
Falcons Win! pic.twitter.com/DOJ7981M9h
— Catalina Foothills Football (@foothillsfb) September 18, 2021
— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) September 18, 2021
— The Falcons won their first game under new head coach Daniel Sainz, a former Santa Rita standout who was on Scott McKee’s staff at Sahuaro the previous 10 seasons.
— RB Yasuo Bean, a senior, rushed for 255 yards on 29 carries with four touchdowns.
— LB Taylor Sommerfield, a senior, tallied eight tackles.
— LB Charlie Keables, a junior, had six tackles and an interception.
4A Poston Butte 34, 4A Canyon del Oro 27
The dorados lead majority of the game and never trailed until the final 2 seconds. Wanted the W so bad for this team.However, we have the choice or not to let those 2 sec determine our entire Friday night. In life, don’t let 10 min determine your entire day. #doradosunite
— CDO Football (@cdo_football) September 18, 2021
CANYON DEL ORO
— DB Chase Laux, a sophomore, had a 98-yard interception return.
— QB Caden Dawes, a junior, completed six passes, four of them touchdowns, in 12 attempts for 197 yards.
— WR Daylon Beck, a junior, had three receptions (all for touchdowns) for 135 yards.
4A Walden Grove 56, 4A Rio Rico 0
Good win last night! But my highlight was seeing our former Red Wolves after the game! I love seeing Alumni come back to support us!! Proud of you all! We build more than just football players. That’s the best part of coaching! ❤️🐺🏈 @FB_RedWolves #OurPack #AlwaysFamily
— Coach Brandon Neilson – Walden Grove HS, AZ (@CoachNeilson_WG) September 18, 2021
— QB Jason Stevens, a senior, completed 15 of 18 passes for 282 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he had a 38-yard touchdown run.
— RB Matthew Enriquez, a senior, had 71 yards on nine carries.
— WR Colby Gaines, a senior, had two catches (both touchdowns) for 100 yards.
— WR Duncan Hoover, a senior, tallied five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.
3A Safford 42, 4A Douglas 0
— Douglas was coming off an emotional 24-21 win over Bisbee, taking home The Pick for the first time since 2016, heading into this game. The Bulldogs also were beset with injuries.
— “Tough loss tonight,” Douglas coach Hunter Long said after the game to the Herald/Review. “Our guys came out flat and Safford jumped all over it and we couldn’t ever get the wheels going. Unfortunately, we came into the game missing a couple key starters that went out during the week and we lost a couple during this game. So, with a tough Thatcher team coming up we’re going to have to regroup, refocus and get a lot of things figured out this coming week.”
3A Pusch Ridge 53, 3A Sahuarita 13
🚨GameDay🚨 @SahuaritaFB @PRCAFootball 7pm kickoff at Mountain View high school.🦁🏈 @JavierJMorales @AZPreps365Andy @AllSportsTucson @PrepRedzoneAZ @AZHSFB @AZSPORTSNETWORK @SOAZFootball @HSTucson pic.twitter.com/qMUS5qJ2n1
— Pusch Ridge Football (@PRCAFootball) September 17, 2021
— QB/DB Ryan Fontaine, a senior, completed 6 of 7 passes for 118 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and he recorded an interception.
— RB Javier Grajeda, a senior, rushed for 178 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns.
— QB Hayden Hallett, a senior, completed all three of his pass attempts for 46 yards and a touchdown and also rushed twice for 104, including an 88-yard touchdown.
— LB Tyler Mustain, a junior, had 10 tackles, two for loss, including a sack.
3A Thatcher 45, 3A Sabino 28
Tonight’s game between Thatcher and Sabino features 2 of the winningest programs over the last 30 years. Since 1990 Sabino has won 299 games, Thatcher 286. And 15 total state championship game appearances in that time between the two. #azhsfb #azpreps365
— Lee Patterson (@radioguyaz99) September 17, 2021
— QB Cameron Hackworth, a sophomore, completed 14 of 19 pass attempts for 219 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 66 yards on six carries with two touchdowns.
— WR Isaiah Aguirre, a senior, tallied 128 yards receiving on six catches with two touchdowns.
— LB Marius Lester, a senior, had 15 tackles.
— RB/LB Levi Miranda, a senior, had 10 tackles and also rushed for 63 yards on three carries.
— DB/WR Derek Sanchez, a senior, recorded 10 tackles and also had three catches for 46 yards.
3A ALA Ironwood 65, 2A Catalina 0
— Catalina Athletics (@HighCatalina) September 6, 2021
2A Willcox 36, 2A Valley Lutheran 6
Willcox Cowboys ride to a 36-6 road victory over Valley Lutheran
It’s the first 4-0 start for Willcox since 2011 https://t.co/s1JyMrZbF7
— Brittany Bowyer (@bbowyer07) September 18, 2021
— RB/LB Cristian Pando, a junior, had 177 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns, and he had an interception.
— DT Mike Martinez, a junior, recorded 10 tackles, two for loss, including a sack.
2A AZ Lutheran 15, 2A Santa Cruz 14
Thank you for support tonight Dust Devil fans we’re going to get healthy soon & bounce back! A Tough 1 point loss to an undefeated ALA team tonight. I am Very proud of this group! It’s Time for some freshman to step up & seize their opportunities #AZHSFB
— James Fitzgerald (@CoachJFitz) September 18, 2021
— RB/LB Wyatt Ogle, a senior, had nine rushes for 112 yards.
— RB Ricardo Alaniz, a senior, 14 carries for 100 yards.
2A Benson 57, 2A NFL Yet 0
Benson running back Devin Bowling 3 TDs …Bobcats up 43-0 still 2nd quarter…
— Cochise Sports (@CochiseSports) September 18, 2021
— RB Devin Bowling, a senior, had 89 yards rushing on two carries with a touchdown, and also had a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown.
— LB Cameron McFarland, a senior, had a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown.
2A Tanque Verde 54, 2A Tombstone 6
— Tanque Verde Hawks Football (@HawksVerde) September 17, 2021
— After losing two straight games, Tanque Verde got back to its winning ways under Jay Dobyns (5-2 in his second year).
— QB Lucas Franklin, a senior, completed 5 of 7 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
— RB Andy Sorbe, a senior, had eight rushes for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
— RB Rory Maciulla, a senior, gained 84 yards on six carries with two touchdowns.
— WR/DB Kaden Eichinger, a senior, had three receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
— DE C.J. Lopez, a senior, had six tackles, three for loss, all sacks, and a fumble recovery.
— DT Michael Scalvo, a senior, had eight tackles.
— CB Trevor Clausen, a senior, had eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
— LB Brayden Scott, a junior, had seven tackles, two for loss.
— DT Bryan Loflin, a senior, had seven tackles, two for loss, one a sack.
2A Pima 52, 2A Santa Rita 0
— Santa Rita is in the building process under legendary coach Tom Joseph.
2A Sequoia Pathway 30, 2A Bisbee 22
— RB Geoffrey Gribble, a senior, had a 55-yard kickoff return
— QB Sebastian Lopez, a freshman, had a 1-yard touchdown run
— RB Diego Chavez, a junior, had a 1-yard touchdown run
1A Mogollon 48, 1A St. David 26
— In a battle of unbeatens at Mogollon on Friday afternoon St. David lost.
— QB Ryan Gooding, a junior, completed 14 of 21 pass attempts for 179 yards with three touchdowns.
— WR Jake Goodman, a senior, had six catches for 142 yards with one touchdown.
— S Koy Richardson, a junior, had 14 tackles.
— LB Brayden Merrill, a senior, tallied 12 tackles.
1A Baboquivari 74, 1A Cibecue 0
— The Warriors are 2-0 after not playing last season because of COVID-19 protocol. Pete Delgado, in his third season as Baboquivari’s head coach, is 4-2.
— RB Devin Antone, a sophomore, gained 73 yards on 10 carries for a touchdown.
— DB Jesus Buendia, a junior, had eight tackles.
1A San Manuel 48, 1A Valley Union 0
— San Manuel improved to 4-0 under alum Ernie Ivy.
— RB Noah Huerta, a senior, had seven rushes for 107 yards for three touchdowns, and he had a 27-yard touchdown reception.
— RB/LB Isaiah Lopez, a senior, had nine tackles, one for loss and also rushed for 52 yards on eight carries with a touchdown.
— LB Isaiah Huerta, a freshman, had eight tackles, including two sacks.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
4A Thunderbird 24, 4A Amphitheater 7
Tough loss last night for @Amphi_Football, which had a six-game winning streak dating to last season snapped. The Panthers welcome a bye week this week to get healthy and fix some issues that led to six turnovers against Thunderbird. The story: https://t.co/l5hxBUncej
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) September 21, 2021
— RB Kiko Trejo, a senior, rushed for 86 yards on 14 carries.
— QB Carlos Ybarra, a senior, completed 6 of 13 passes for 105 yards with a touchdown.
— RB Nathaniel Carissimmi, a senior, had two receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown.
BYES: 5A Buena (1-1) and 5A Desert View (2-0)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
5A South Mountain at 6A Tucson
5A Ironwood Ridge at 5A Salpointe (AIA Game of the Week)
5A Gilbert at 5A Nogales
5A Mountain View at 5A Millennium
5A Buena at 5A Sunnyside
5A Marana vs. 5A Flowing Wells at Amphi
5A Cholla at 4A Empire
4A Sahuaro at 5A Desert View
4A Catalina Foothills at 4A Canyon del Oro
4A Rio Rico at 4A Pueblo
(CA) Granite Hills at 4A Walden Grove
4A Douglas at 3A Thatcher
3A Coolidge at 4A Mica Mountain
3A Snowflake at 3A Pusch Ridge
3A Bourgade Catholic at 3A Sabino
3A Safford at 3A Sahuarita
2A Glendale Prep at 2A Santa Cruz
2A Santa Rita and 2A Bisbee
2A Willcox at 2A North Pointe Prep
2A Tanque Verde at 2A San Tan Charter
2A Catalina at 2A Tombstone
2A Benson at 2A Veritas Prep
1A Baboquivari at 1A Duncan
1A San Manuel at 1A Ft. Thomas
1A Valley Union at 1A St. David
BYES: 5A Cienega, 5A Rincon/UHS, 4A Amphitheater
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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. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District