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Mica Mountain gains respect in loss to Mesa Mountain View

Pat Nugent. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Mesa Mountain View head coach Joe Germaine made the call and Mica Mountain head coach Pat Nugent picked up the phone. Except for a few public attempts on twitter, private phone calls are pretty much how a lot of the make-up games have been scheduled over the last couple of years due to cancellations from COVID concerns.

The Toros needed to fill an opening this week and the Thunderbolts wanted to expand their inaugural independent season from the limited games they had scheduled to as many as the program could get. Sure, Mountain View came in ranked No. 15 in the 6A Conference and Mica Mountain is unranked in the 4A Conference but that only added to the intrigue Thursday night in Vail. As expected, Mountain View pulled away for a 37-7 victory to improve to 5-1 on the year but the game meant a lot more than the final score to the Bolts who are now sitting at 2-1…..

LINK: GAME STORY AT AZPREPS365

AIA POWER RANKING 4A-6A
1: Desert View 20.8673
2: Salpointe 7.1006
3: Sunnyside 6.2366
4: Marana 5.8548
5: Amphitheater 4.7163
6: Canyon Del Oro 2.2236
7: Ironwood Ridge -1.8727
8: Douglas -2.0610
9: Cienega -2.2728
10: Flowing Wells -3.0338

AIA POWER RANKING 2A-3A
1: Sabino 9.9796
2: Pusch Ridge 9.8333
3: Willcox 8.3049
4: Benson 6.5697
5: Tanque Verde 0.1362
6: Bisbee -4.6860
7: Santa Cruz -4.7803
8: Tombstone -7.9076
9: Sahuarita -8.9152
10: Santa Rita -17.8063

AIA POWER RANKINGS 1A
1: St. David 11.3959
2: San Manuel 6.5527
3: Valley Union 2.3853
4: Baboquivari -2.9814

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14

6A: No. 15 Mesa Mountain View 37, 4A (UR) Mica Mountain 7
2A: No. 7 Pima 45, No. 28 Tombstone 0

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15

6A CONFERENCE
Tucson could still win the East Valley Region.

No. 37 Mesa Skyline (0-5) at No. 36 Tucson (1-4)

5A CONFERENCE
As we first suggested, Desert View is a contender for the Open Division. Salpointe needs this victory to remain safely in the hunt for the playoffs due to limited power points the rest of the way. With the rankings, the Ironwood Ridge/Cienega game might be considered a playoff game at this point.

No. 8 Salpointe (3-2) at No. 1 Desert View (5-0)
No. 10 Sunnyside (4-1) at No. 12 Marana (4-1)
No. 22 Ironwood Ridge (2-3) at No. 23 Cienega (2-3)
No. 42 Rincon/UHS (1-4) at No. 30 Nogales (2-3)

4A CONFERENCE
No automatic playoff berths at the 4A level and no teams are in line for the Open Division. Projected playoff teams from Tucson would be Canyon del Oro and Amphitheater at this point.

No. 29 Douglas (1-3) at No. 17 Amphitheater (3-1)
No. 20 Canyon del Oro (3-3) at No. 30 Walden Grove (2-4)
No. 36 Pueblo (2-3) at No. 44 Tempe (0-3)
No. 42 Sahuaro (0-4) at No. 4 Casa Grande (5-0)
No. 46 Rio Rico (0-4) at No. 32 Empire (2-4)

3A CONFERENCE
Everybody but Sahuarita is still in the fight for the South Region automatic playoff berth. As we noted, this is possibly the most difficult region in Arizona.

No. 12 Pusch Ridge (5-2) at No. 9 Safford (6-1)
No. 14 Mesa Eastmark (4-3) at No. 32 Sahuarita (1-5)

2A CONFERENCE
The San Pedro champion will get one of the nine automatic playoff berths but four teams (Morenci, Benson, Pima, Willcox) are still at the top. Santa Cruz and Sequoia Pathway are fighting for the Rillito championship with Tanque Verde still in the mix.

No. 3 Morenci (6-1) at No. 8 Benson (4-2)
No. 13 Maricopa Sequoia Pathway (5-2) at No. 22 Santa Cruz (3-4)
No. 43 Catalina (1-6) at No. 41 Santa Rita (0-5)

1A CONFERENCE
St. David won the 1A South giving the Tigers the automatic playoff berth with the first round slated for Friday, Oct. 22. 12 teams make the playoffs at this level with the top four seeds earning a first-round bye.

No. 7 Hayden (4-2) at No. 3 St. David (7-1)
No. 6 San Manuel (6-1) at No. 15 Baboquivari (2-3)
No. 14 Duncan (3-3) at No. 10 Valley Union (4-3)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16

5A: No. 34 Mountain View (1-4) vs. No. 25 Flowing Wells (3-3) at Tucson, 6 p.m.
2A: No. 21 Bisbee (3-4) at No. 5 Willcox (6-0)

BYES: 5A No. 31 Buena (1-4), No. 40 Cholla (1-4), 4A No. 33 Catalina Foothills (2-4); 3A No. 11 Sabino (5-2); 2A: No. 14 Tanque Verde (4-3).

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

6A CONFERENCE
Cesar Chavez at Tucson

5A CONFERENCE
Flowing Wells at Buena
Salpointe at Cholla
Nogales at Cienega
Sunnyside at Ironwood Ridge
Desert View at Mountain View
Marana at Rincon/UHS

4A CONFERENCE
Amphitheater at Catalina Foothills
Empire at Douglas
Canyon del Oro at Pueblo
Buckeye at Sahuaro
Casa Grande at Walden Grove

3A CONFERENCE
Sahuarita at Florence
Thatcher at Pusch Ridge
Safford at Sabino

2A CONFERENCE
PIma at Bisbee
Trivium Prep at Catalina
Willcox at Morenci
Sequoia Pathway at Santa Rita
Santa Cruz at Tanque Verde
Benson at Tombstone

1A FIRST ROUND
(TBD)

BYE: 4A: Rio Rico

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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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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