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Salpointe looks to make another deep playoff run and Mica Mountain just might make the postseason

Salpointe senior Cody Raetzman caught two TD passes. (Andy Morales/AZPreps365)

No. 5 Salpointe improved to 5-2 on the year with a 56-5 victory at Mica Mountain Thursday night. Built last year, Mica Mountain (2-2) is the third high school in the Vail School District to offer football, with Cienega and Empire being the two established programs, but the Thunderbolts appear to be the program of the future with lots of questions raised in this, its inaugural varsity season.

Placed in the 4A Conference, Mica Mountain is classified as an unranked independent program without an affiliation with either the Gila Region or the Kino Region in Southern Arizona and the program started the year out with only four games scheduled, which meant no possibility of making the playoffs under the playoff qualifying rule of six completed games minimum. The staff at Mica Mountain turned to some creative scheduling to reach that magic number and the addition of Salpointe and Bradshaw Mountain (3-3) made a playoff berth a possibility…..

LINK: STORY AT AZPREPS365

Joshua Beans hit on an 81-yard pass to Jonah Garcia but the Lancer defense forced a field goal on the drive. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21

5A No. 5 Salpointe 56, 4A NR Mica Mountain 5

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

6A CONFERENCE
No. 24 Cesar Chavez (4-2) at No. 37 Tucson (1-5)

5A CONFERENCE
No. 3 Desert View (5-1) at No. 26 Mountain View (2-4)
No. 10 Marana (5-1) at No. 42 Rincon/UHS (1-5)
No. 14 Sunnyside (4-2) at No. 24 Ironwood Ridge (2-4)
No. 33 Nogales (3-3) at No. 17 Cienega (3-3)
No. 28 Flowing Wells (3-4) at No. 30 Buena (1-4)

4A CONFERENCE
No. 17 Amphitheater (4-1) at No. 29 Catalina Foothills (2-4)
No. 18 Canyon del Oro (4-3) at No. 35 Pueblo (3-3)
No. 7 Casa Grande (6-0) at No. 31 Walden Grove (2-5)
No. 32 Empire (3-4) at No. 33 Douglas (1-4)
No. 10 Buckeye (4-2) at No. 41 Sahuaro (0-5)

3A CONFERENCE
No. 9 Thatcher (6-2) at No. 8 Pusch Ridge (6-2)
No. 11 Safford (6-2) at No. 10 Sabino (5-2)
No. 32 Sahuarita (1-6) at No. 23 Florence (3-5)

2A CONFERENCE
No. 3 Benson (5-2) at No. 29 Tombstone (2-5)
No. 5 Willcox (7-0) at No. 8 Morenci (6-1)
No. 21 Santa Cruz (4-4) at No. 17 Tanque Verde (4-3)
No. 6 Pima (5-2) at No. 26 Bisbee (3-5)
No. 15 Sequoia Pathway (5-3) at No. 37 Santa Rita (1-5)
No. 22 Trivium Prep (3-4) at No. 43 Catalina (0-7)

1A CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS (SEE BELOW)

BYES: 5A No. 40 Cholla (1-4); 4A No. 45 Rio Rico (0-5).

Treyson Bourguet had three TD passes. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

FALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

1A FOOTBALL FIRST ROUND
No. 12 Tempe Prep (7-1) at No. 5 San Manuel (7-1)
No. 11 Valley Union (4-4) at No. 6 Hayden (4-3)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25

GIRLS D-II GOLF ROUND ONE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26

GIRLS D-II GOLF ROUND TWO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

BOYS D-II GOLF ROUND ONE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28

BOYS D-II GOLF ROUND TWO

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

1A FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS
No. 7 Bagdad or 10 Lincoln Prep at No. 2 St. David (8-1)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1

GIRLS D-I GOLF ROUND ONE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2

2A-6A VOLLEYBALL CONFERENCE PLAY-IN GAMES
2A SOCCER FIRST ROUND
GIRLS D-I GOLF ROUND TWO

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

BOYS D-I GOLF ROUND ONE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER

BOYS D-I GOLF ROUND TWO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5

SWIMMING FINALS DAY ONE

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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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