THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7
5A Desert View 42, 5A Nogales 0
.@DESERTVIEW_FB on a mission heading into next week’s game against visiting Salpointe with 5-0 start and 6-game winning streak dating to last year with coach Robert Bonillas, Dick Tomey protégé, & senior-laden team balanced on offense & aggressive on D. https://t.co/9xyJt50NXg
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 8, 2021
— The Jaguars improved to 5-0 for only the second time in program history, dating to 1985. Desert View will try to match its best start at 6-0 when it hosts Salpointe on Friday. The Jaguars started 6-0 in 2016 and finished 8-3 with a loss in the first round of the state playoffs.
— QB Oscar Barraza, a senior, completed 4 of 7 passes for 128 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
— RB Serge Gboweiah, a senior, rushed for 83 yards on four carries with a TD.
— RB/LB Carlos Alvarez, a senior, had two carries for 50 yards and an interception.
— LB Sean Sierra, a junior, had a team-leading seven tackles.
1A St. David 64, 1A Ft. Thomas 6
— The 1A South champions improved to 7-1 overall and finished 6-0 in region play. The Tigers finish their regular season Friday with a home game against non-region opponent Hayden before the playoffs start Oct. 22.
— QB Ryan Gooding, a junior, completed 9 of 13 passes for 81 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
— RB/LB Talon Haynie, a senior, rushed for 81 yards on five carries with two touchdowns, also completed a pass for 25 yards, and recorded three tackles for loss.
— LB Conner Curtis, a junior, had a team-high 15 tackles, one for loss.
— DE Cody Didion, a senior, finished with three tackles for loss.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
6A: Mesa Westwood 46, Tucson 20
— Tucson High has the 6A East Valley region championship as a reasonable goal. The Badgers (1-4 overall and 0-1 in the region) host winless Mesa Skyline (0-5, 0-1) on Friday.
6A Phoenix Pinnacle 28, 5A Salpointe 21
.@HMorenoNews reports on Salpointe’s valiant comeback attempt after falling behind by two touchdowns to Pinnacle las night. Although the Lancers lost, they are in a good frame of mind heading into Friday’s showdown with unbeaten Desert View on the road: https://t.co/AxQOVkH9HE
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 9, 2021
— The Lancers head into the 5A Southern opener at unbeaten Desert View on Friday at 3-2 overall coming consecutive losses to Scottsdale Saguaro and Phoenix Pinnacle. Salpointe has not lost three straight games since the 2015 season when the Lancers finished 5-5.
— QB Treyson Bourguet, a senior, completed 16 of 26 passes for 168 yards with a TD and rushed for 104 yards on 10 carries with a TD.
— RB Anthony Wilhite, a senior, gained 75 yards on 17 carries with a TD.
— WR Gage Felix, a junior, had eight receptions for 67 yards and a TD.
— WR Dylan Dreis, a senior, caught six passes for 81 yards.
— LB Joey Sumlin, a senior, tallied 10 tackles.
— DE Elijah Rushing, a sophomore, had eight tackles with a sack.
5A: Flowing Wells 35, Rincon/UHS 0
— Flowing Wells is 3-3 under third-year coach Scott Cortese, who is doing a remarkable job considering the Caballeros do not have a home game this season because of renovations on the stadium turf. Flowing Wells is at least at the .500 point six games into the season for the first time in his tenure.
5A: Cienega 35, Mountain View 6
Cienega @CienegaSports picked up a much-needed 35-6 win over Mountain View after losing two consecutive one-possession games. Read my game story for All Sports Tucson. @AllSportsTucsonhttps://t.co/kZj9w0ugAu
— Kevin Murphy (@KevinMurfee) October 9, 2021
— Cienega starts its 5A Sonoran schedule Friday at home against Ironwood Ridge. Both teams are 2-3.
— QB Brayden Cherry, a junior, completed 14 of 22 passing attempts for 229 yards and two TDs.
— TE Brody Kallman, a senior, had three catches for 46 yards and two TDs.
— RB Cole McFarland, a senior, rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries and had two TDs.
— RB Ritchie McCormack, a senior, rushed for 52 yards on eight carries and had one TD.
— The Mountain Lions (1-4) open 5A Southern play at home against Flowing Wells (3-3) on Friday.
— RB Lloyd Johnson, a senior, had 14 carries for 64 yards and a TD.
5A: Casa Grande 42, 5A Buena 7
— Buena (1-4) begins 5A Southern play Friday at Cholla (1-4).
— RB Andres Bonilla, a freshman, gained 69 yards on 12 carries.
— WR Rashaud Armstrong, a senior, had four catches for 50 yards and a TD.
— DE William Stemler, a senior, registered 11 tackles.
4A: Canyon del Oro 35, Peoria 21
— CDO (3-3) has won consecutive games entering its 4A Kino opener at Walden Grove (2-4) on Friday. The Dorados have only four seniors who are playing extended minutes.
— QB Caden Dawes, a junior, threw for 113 yards completing 5 of 13 passes with two TDs and no interceptions, and he punted twice for an average of 47.0 yards.
— RB Kayden Luke, a sophomore, gained 109 yards on 20 carries with three TDs.
— RB Jose Alba, a sophomore, rushed for 66 yards on 14 carries.
— WR Ryan Madsen, a sophomore, had three receptions for 86 yards.
— DB Daylon Beck, a junior, had two interceptions.
— DB Chance Cassell, a sophomore, had an interception and returned it 43 yards.
4A: Catalina Foothills 21, Sahuaro 20
— Catalina Foothills coach Daniel Sainz, an assistant coach at Sahuaro for 10 seasons before his hire this year, coached against his mentor Scott McKee.
— The Falcons (2-4) start play in the 4A Gila on Oct. 22 at home against Amphi (3-1).
— QB Connor Smith, a senior, threw for 124 yards completing 4 of 13 passes with two TDs.
— RB Yasuo Bean, a senior, rushed for 236 yards on 25 carries, including a 65-yard run.
— DE Aiden Sommerfield, a senior, and twin brother Taylor Sommerfield, a linebacker, each had eight tackles.
— The Cougars (0-4) play at Casa Grande (6-0) in the 4A Kino opener for both teams.
4A: Mica Mountain 42, Douglas 6
Mica Mountain with a DOMINATING win over Douglas 42-6!!! ⚡️🏔💪💙#BoltUp
— Mica Mountain Football (@FootballMica) October 9, 2021
— Mica Mountain, a 4A independent in its first season of varsity football under legendary Pat Nugent, is now 2-0 with wins against Coolidge and Douglas. The Thunderbolts have scheduled an impromptu game this Thursday at home against Mesa Mountain View (4-1). They are also scheduled to host Amphi on Nov. 5.
— QB Jayden Thoreson, a freshman, completed 7 of 10 passes for 135 yards with two TDs and no interceptions.
— RB Kaspen Colbert, a junior, rushed five times for 88 yards, including a 76-yard run.
— WR Devin Hayward, a sophomore, had two catches for 54 yards with a TD.
— LB Kason Colbert, a sophomore, registered nine tackles, two for loss, and also had two interceptions.
— The Bulldogs (1-3) begin play in the 4A Gila on Friday at Amphi (3-1).
4A: Phoenix Sierra Linda 26, Empire 21
— Empire (2-4) begins its play in the 4A Gila this Friday at home against Rio Rico (0-4).
— QB Miles Kinney, a senior, completed 11 of 15 passes for 192 yards with two TDs.
— WR Hyrum Tanner, a junior, had three receptions for 104 yards with two TDs.
— LB Jake Lambert, a senior, had 23 tackles, two for loss and had an interception.
— LB Jordan Naveunxay, a sophomore, finished with 12 tackles with a sack.
— LB Braden Peglow, a senior, had 11 tackles.
— DE Michael Cosentino, a junior, had 10 tackles, one for loss and had a fumble recovery.
4A: Phoenix Greenway 33, Walden Grove 23
— Walden Grove (2-4) will try to snap its three-game losing streak when it begins play in the 4A Kino on Friday hosting CDO (3-3). The Red Wolves have not lost four straight games since the end of 2016 season.
3A: Safford 13, 4A Pueblo 12
— Pueblo Football (@PuebloFootball) October 9, 2021
— Pueblo (2-3) plays one more non-regional game Friday at Tempe before opening its 4A Kino schedule on Oct. 22 against CDO at home.
3A: Sabino 27, Pusch Ridge 16
It was supposed to be an offensive display, but @SabinoFootball1‘s defense stole the show in the No. 13 Sabercats’ 27-16 win last night over No. 11 Pusch Ridge in a pivotal matchup of the highly-competitive 3A South. The recap. https://t.co/jfNCd93HWm
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 9, 2021
— The Sabercats (5-2, 1-1 in the 3A South) stayed alive for a shot at the region title and automatic bid for the state playoffs with the victory. The Sabercats next play a non-region game at home Friday against Jay Dobyns’ Tanque Verde team that is 4-3.
— QB Cameron Hackworth, a sophomore, completed 17 of 21 passes for 160 yards with two TDs and no interceptions, and he rushed for 72 yards on 12 carries with two TDs.
— WR Kamden Gambrell, a senior, had five catches for 40 yards and a TD.
— WR Isiah Aguirre, a senior, had four catches for 55 yards and a TD.
— LB Zachary Tolson, a senior who is a transfer from Chandler Hamilton, had eight tackles.
— LB Marius Lester, a senior, finished with eight tackles.
— The Lions (5-2, 1-1) have another tough 3A South matchup this Friday at Safford.
— QB Ryan Fontaine, a senior, completed 16 of 25 passes for 144 yards with a TD.
— RB Javier Grajeda, a senior, tallied 55 yards on 12 carries with a TD.
— WR Bryce Jewell, a junior, had five catches for 25 yards.
— G/DT Will Way, a junior, had four pancake blocks and 10 tackles.
— LB Tyler Mustain, a junior, had 16 tackles, 2.5 for loss (all sacks).
— LB Jackson Orr, a senior, had 10 tackles, 3.5 for loss.
2A: Benson 56, Bisbee 14
— Benson (5-2, 1-1 in the 2A San Pedro) has a big region game at home Friday against Morenci, which is 6-1 and 2-0. The Bobcats must win to keep their hopes alive for a region title and automatic berth to the state playoffs.
— The Pumas (3-4, 0-2) face another tough task on Saturday night at Willcox (6-0, 1-0).
2A: Santa Cruz 55, Catalina 0
— Santa Cruz (3-4, 1-0 in the 2A Rillito) ended its four-game losing streak by opening region play with a convincing win at Catalina (1-6, 0-2). The Dust Devils host Sequoia Pathway (5-2, 2-0) in a significant region game Friday.
— RB Ricardo Alaniz, a senior, rushed for 220 yards on 10 carries with two TDs.
— RB/LB Wyatt Ogle, a senior, had seven rushes for 101 yards and a TD, and he had an interception.
— Catalina will try for its first win on the football field this season when it travels to Santa Rita (0-6) on Friday. The Trojans have a win by forfeit over Miami because the Vandal coaching staff was suspended for an AIA conduct violation in their previous game against Bisbee.
2A: Maricopa Sequoia Pathway 34, Tanque Verde 7
— The Hawks (4-3, 0-1 in the 2A Rillito) opened region play with a tough loss at first-place Sequoia Pathway. Dobyns’ team plays a non-region game at 3A South contender Sabino on Friday.
— LB Brayden Scott, a junior, tallied 14 tackles, two for loss.
— CB Trevor Clausen, a senior, had 13 tackles.
— DT Bryan Loflin, a senior, had 12 tackles, one for loss (a sack).
— P Rory Maciulla, a senior, punted three times for an average of 55.7 yards.
2A: St. John Paul II 43, Santa Rita 6
— The Eagles (0-6) begin 2A Rillito play on Friday at home against Catalina, two neighborhood schools in Tucson that are struggling with enrollment and participation rates.
2A: Morenci 57, Tombstone 6
— Tombstone (3-4, 0-2 in the 2A San Pedro) next play at Pima on Thursday.
1A: Valley Union 32, Baboquivari 28
— The Blue Devils (4-3, 2-2 in the 1A South) host Duncan (3-3, 2-3) on Friday. They must win to keep their hopes alive for an at-large berth into the state playoffs.
— The Warriors (2-3, 2-3 in the 1A South) are in a three-game losing streak facing a difficult challenge Friday at home against San Manuel (6-1, 4-1).
1A: San Manuel 71, Cibecue 0
— San Manuel will look to solidify an at-large berth into the 1A South playoffs with its game Friday at Baboquivari.
— QB Nicolas Velasquez, a prolific-passing sophomore who has completed 43 of 79 passes for 1,151 yards and 15 touchdowns with no interceptions, did not play against Cibecue.
— RB Dominic Rodriguez, a freshman, gained 76 yards on two carries with a TD.
— RB/LB Noah Huerta, a senior, rushed three times for 58 yards with two TDs, and he had two INTs.
— DE Justin Tafoya, a senior, tallied three sacks.
BYE: 5A: Cholla (1-4), Sunnyside (4-1), Ironwood Ridge (2-3), 4A: Amphitheater (3-1), Rio Rico (0-4), 3A Sahuarita (1-5), 2A Willcox (6-0).
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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, Baseball America and the Orange County Register, 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