THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21
5A No. 5 Salpointe 56, 4A NR Mica Mountain 5
.@SCLancerNation emerged victorious against Mica Mountain on Thursday night behind two long scoring plays by the player wearing No. 5 — not Bijan Robinson but junior CB @JaxsonGreene04, who had a long fumble recovery for a TD and pick-6. The recap: https://t.co/G1qdenhdFv
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 22, 2021
— The Lancers improved to 5-2 overall and resume 5A Southern play, in which they are 1-0, on Friday at home against Buena (2-4, 1-0).
— QB Treyson Bourguet, a senior, completed 7 of 9 passes for 93 yards with three TDs.
— RB Anthony Wilhite, a senior, rushed for 60 yards and a TD on nine carries.
— WR/S Cody Raetzman, a senior, had two catches, both TDs, for 56 yards.
— CB Jaxson Greene, a junior, had an INT return for a TD of 43 yards and a fumble recovery for a TD of 69 yards.
— The Thunderbolts are 2-2 in their first year of varsity competition. They host Benson’s junior varsity team Thursday.
— WR Melvin Khan, a freshman, had five receptions for 46 yards.
— WR Jonah Garcia, a sophomore, caught an 81-yard pass from QB Joshua Beans, a junior.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22
No. 24 Cesar Chavez 55, No. 37 Tucson 3
— The Badgers are 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the 6A East Valley heading into Friday’s game at Mesa (2-5, 1-1).
No. 3 Desert View 20, No. 26 Mountain View 14
DV with the 20-14 win. 6-1 on the season. pic.twitter.com/C6PrEFAHQY
— Desert View Yearbook (@dvhs_yearbook) October 23, 2021
— The Jaguars (6-1 overall, 1-1 in the 5A Southern) bounced back after losing the region opener to Salpointe the week before. They play Flowing Wells (3-5, 0-2) at Tucson High on Friday at 7 p.m.
— QB Oscar Barraza, a senior, completed 3 of 8 passes for 112 yards and two TDs.
— RB Abdulahi Yusuf, a senior, gained 138 yards on 22 carries.
— LB Sean Sierra, a junior, had 15 tackles.
— LB Carlos Arvizu, a senior, finished with 14 tackles.
— The Mountain Lions (2-5, 1-1) are scheduled to host Cholla (1-4, 0-0) on Friday. The Chargers have canceled games the last two weeks against Buena and Salpointe because of a lack of healthy players.
— WR Dillon Arvayo, a senior, had five receptions for 49 yards with a TD.
No. 30 Buena 31, No. 28 Flowing Wells 3
— The Colts (2-4, 1-0 in the 5A Southern) snapped their four-game losing streak with the win over the visiting Caballeros (3-5, 0-2).
— RB Andres Bonilla, a freshman, gained 108 yards on 17 carries.
— WR/QB Keyon Taylor, a senior, ran the ball five times for 79 yards with a TD.
— DE William Stemler, a senior, tallied 17 tackles, two for loss.
— The Caballeros (3-5, 0-2 in the 5A Southern) play a “home” game at Tucson High against Desert View (6-1, 1-1) on Friday. Their field is still under renovation. They are slated to play their first game at their home field on Nov. 5 against Cholla.
No. 10 Marana 70, No. 42 Rincon/UHS 0
70-0 WOW!! GO TIGERS!!!#ByAnyMeans
— Marana Tiger Football (@MaranaFB) October 23, 2021
— The Tigers improved to 2-0 in the 5A Sonoran and are 6-1 overall under first-year coach Phillip Steward. They play their last road game of the regular season against Nogales (3-4, 1-1) on Friday.
— QB Elijah Joplin, a junior, completed all seven of his passes for 212 yards with five TDs and no interceptions.
— RB Matthew Jensen, a junior, rushed 12 times for 142 yards with three TDs, and he had two catches for 53 yards and a TD.
— WR Dezmen Roebuck, a freshman, had three receptions for 91 yards and a TD.
— LB Troy Fox, a senior, had nine tackles, three for loss.
— The Rangers (1-6, 0-2 in the 5A Sonoran) play their last three games on the road, starting Friday against Ironwood Ridge (3-4, 1-1).
No. 24 Ironwood Ridge 24, No. 14 Sunnyside 7
— The Nighthawks (3-4, 1-1 in the 5A Sonoran) strengthened their hopes for the postseason with the win. They host Rincon (1-6, 0-2) on Friday.
— QB Tyler Haynie, a senior, completed 11 of 16 passes for 145 yards.
— RB Jordan Thomas, a junior, rushed for 77 yards on 11 carries with two TDs.
— WR Landing Billings, a senior, tallied 61 yards on four receptions.
— The Blue Devils (4-3, 0-2 in the 5A Sonoran) face a must-win situation at home against Cienega (4-3, 2-0) on Friday to keep their hopes alive for a playoff spot.
No. 17 Cienega 56, No. 33 Nogales 0
— The Bobcats (4-3, 2-0 in the 5A Sonoran) increased their winning streak to three games and look to stay at least tied atop of the region standings with Marana (6-1, 2-0), which hosts Cienega on Nov. 5. The Bobcats play at win-starved Sunnyside (4-3, 0-2) on Friday.
— QB Brayden Cherry, a junior, completed 7 of 8 passes for 142 yards with three TDs and no interception.
— RB Cole McFarland, a senior, rushed three times for 112 yards with two TDs.
— RB Edgar Garcia, a junior, tallied 83 yards on six carries with a TD.
— RB Ritchie McCormack, a senior, had two receptions for 59 yards and a TD.
— The Apaches (3-4, 1-1 in the 5A Sonoran) host Marana (6-1, 2-0) on Friday.
No. 29 Catalina Foothills 29, No. 17 Amphitheater 22
— Kevin Murphy (@KevinMurfee) October 23, 2021
— The Panthers (4-2, 1-1 in the 4A Gila) look to get back on track Friday hosting Empire (4-4, 2-0) in a significant regional matchup.
— RB Ashton Haynes, a senior, rushed 19 times for 115 yards.
— RB Jacob Espinoza, a freshman, tallied 80 yards on 18 carries.
— WR Kevin Quintero, a junior, had two catches for 56 yards.
— The Falcons (3-4, 1-0 in the 4A Gila) next play at Rio Rico (0-5, 0-1), which will play its first home game of the season after having its field renovated.
— QB Connor Smith, a senior, completed 12 of 16 passes for 208 yards with three TDs.
— RB Yasuo Bean, a senior, rushed for 134 yards on 17 carries and a TD.
— WR Cole Revis, a junior, had three receptions for 109 yards and a TD.
— WR Marcel Dixon, a senior, recorded five receptions for 72 yards with a TD.
No. 32 Empire 50, No. 33 Douglas 19
— The Ravens (4-4, 2-0 in the 4A Gila) will try to stay unbeaten in region play with a game at Amphi (4-2, 1-1) on Friday.
— QB Miles Kinney, a senior, completed 8 of 11 passes for 171 yards with four TDs.
— RB/LB Jake Lambert, a senior, gained 129 yards on 23 carries with a TD, and he had 17 tackles, five for loss with two sacks.
— WR Jacob Puentes, a senior, has four receptions for 57 yards and three TDs.
— WR Hyrum Tanner, a junior, tallied four catches for 114 yards and a TD and he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD.
— DE Michael Consentino, a junior, had seven tackles with four for loss, three of them sacks.
— The Bulldogs (1-5, 0-2 in the 4A Gila) have this week off and will try to snap their five-game losing streak at Rio Rico on Nov. 5.
No. 18 Canyon del Oro 47, No. 35 Pueblo 0
Very difficult week for CDO includes the Dorados coming together and looking strong in a 47-0 win over Pueblo last night, extending their winning streak to five games. https://t.co/p0bgm5Tn9Y
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 23, 2021
CANYON DEL ORO
— The Dorados (5-3, 2-0 in the 4A Kino) have won five straight games after an 0-3 start to put themselves in position for a potential playoff run. CDO hosts No. 7 Casa Grande (7-0, 2-0) in what amounts to the region championship game Friday.
— QB Caden Dawes, a junior, completed 8 of 12 passes for 317 yards with four TDs.
— RB Jose Alba, a sophomore, had 67 yards on seven rushes and a TD.
— RB Kendric Astacio, a junior, tallied 63 yards on seven rushes with a TD.
— RB Alex Vargas, a sophomore, rushed eight times for 63 yards.
— WR Chance Cassel, a sophomore, had two catches for 84 yards including a 65-yard TD reception.
— WR Zack Rogowski, a junior, caught a 76-yard TD pass.
— WR Daylon Beck, a junior, had two catches, both TDs, for 64 yards.
— The Warriors (3-4, 0-1 in the 4A Kino) play Friday at Sahuaro (0-6, 0-1) in a rescheduled game that was supposed to be part of the Coaches for Charity Kickoff event at the start of the year.
No. 7 Casa Grande 49, No. 31 Walden Grove 0
— The Red Wolves (2-6, 0-2 in the 4A Kino) have this week off and will look to snap their five-game losing streak at home against Sahuaro on Nov. 5. As a scheduling quirk, Walden Grove will end the season with five home games, including all four region games.
No. 10 Buckeye Union 37, No. 41 Sahuaro 21
— Sahuaro (0-6, 0-1 4A Kino) will try for its first win of the season when it hosts Pueblo (3-4, 0-1) on Friday.
No. 8 Pusch Ridge 41, No. 9 Thatcher 14
. @PRCAFootball is for real. @cdo_football and @CienegaFootball are making playoff noise, does @irhsfbbooster have enough time? San Manuel wins playoff game https://t.co/mOc4FKvBAn https://t.co/PTnd2KXYCV pic.twitter.com/63aHjUOI1K
— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) October 23, 2021
— The Lions (7-2 overall) have completed their 3A South schedule finishing 3-1 with a shot at the region title. If Sabino (6-2, 2-1) wins at Sahuarita (1-7, 0-3) and Thatcher (6-3, 2-1) wins against Safford (6-3, 1-2) at Eastern Arizona College on Friday, a three-way tie would exists between Pusch Ridge, Sabino and Thatcher. The highest rated team from the power rankings will be deemed the region champ and will receive an automatic playoff berth. Pusch Ridge concludes its regular season Friday with a non-region game at AZ College Prep (5-4).
— QB Ryan Fontaine, a senior, completed 16 of 17 passes for 169 yards with a TD, and he rushed for 121 yards on 12 carries with four TDs.
— RB Brysen Barrios, a sophomore, had 50 yards rushing on 10 carries.
— WR/S Bubba Mustain, a sophomore, tallied seven catches for 68 yards, and he had eight tackles.
— WR Bryce Jewell, a junior, had five catches for 71 yards with a TD.
— LB Tyler Mustain, a junior, had 17 tackles, one for loss.
— LB Ethan Jones, a senior, had eight tackles and an interception.
No. 10 Sabino 49, No. 11 Safford 14
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 23, 2021
— The Sabercats’ fourth straight win puts them in position for the 3A South title at 2-1 in region play and 6-2 overall. Sabino wins the region title and earns the automatic bid to the state playoff if it wins at Sahuarita (1-7, 0-3) and Thatcher (6-3, 2-1) loses against Safford (6-3, 1-2) at Eastern Arizona College on Friday.
— QB Cameron Hackworth, a sophomore, completed 11 of 17 passes for 162 yards with three TDs and no interceptions, and he rushed for 118 yards on six carries with two TDs.
— RB/LB Levi Miranda, a senior, had four rushes for 79 yards including a 78-yard TD run, and he had eight tackles.
— RB Kenneth Blackman, a senior, rushed four times for 50 yards with a TD.
— WR Isiah Aguirre, a senior, had two catches for 48 yards including a 38-yard TD reception.
— LB Alex Lopez, a senior, had nine tackles.
— FS Dominik Parsons, a junior, finished with eight tackles.
No. 23 Florence 48, No. 32 Sahuarita 7
— The Mustangs (1-7, 0-3 in the 3A South) will complete its first season under coach Jake Price on Friday at home against Sabino (6-2, 2-1).
No. 3 Benson 49, No. 29 Tombstone 6
Very emotional day in Tombstone today.
Tombstone High School celebrating homecoming but also renaming its football field after former coach Mike Hayhurst who passed away this past summer.
Large crowd in attendance for field dedication ceremony.
— Cochise Sports (@CochiseSports) October 23, 2021
— The Bobcats (6-2, 3-1 in the 2A San Pedro) must win at Willcox (7-1, 2-1) and hope Morenci (7-2, 3-1) wins at Pima (6-2, 3-0) to have a chance at the region title and automatic berth into the state playoffs. That scenario would create a tie between Benson and Morenci for the top spot and the Bobcats have the head-to-head tiebreaker.
— QB Brok Determan, a senior, completed all four of his pass attempts for 144 yards with three TDs.
— RB Devin Bowling, a senior, rushed for 60 yards on three carries with a TD.
— WR Jimmy Lerblance, a senior, had a 65-yard TD reception.
— DB Aiden Finch, a junior, had an interception and a fumble recovery and return for a 20-yard TD.
— The Yellowjackets (2-6, 0-4 in the 2A San Pedro) cap the season of first-year coach Dominic Bonilla with a game Friday at home against Bisbee (3-6, 0-4).
No. 8 Morenci 27, No. 5 Willcox 10
— The Cowboys (7-1, 2-1 in the 2A San Pedro) were eliminated from the regional title race with the loss at Morenci (7-2, 3-1). Hjalmarson’s team is still playing for a high seed in the 2A state playoffs with its anticipated matchup with Benson (6-2, 3-1) at home this Friday.
— RB Marcus Olivares, a senior, gained 76 yards on eight carries
— LB Ayden Fuentes, a junior, had 11 tackles.
— LB Evann Truschke, a junior, finished with 11 tackles.
No. 6 Pima 42, No. 26 Bisbee 13
— The Pumas (3-6, 0-4 in the 2A San Pedro) look to finish the season with a win at Tombstone (2-6, 0-4) on Friday.
No. 17 Tanque Verde 23, No. 21 Santa Cruz 6
Jay Dobyns has coached @HawksVerde to their most wins in program history with five and they have also secured the first winning season since the program started in 2007. First state playoff berth coming up? https://t.co/y9d6JhWxsQ
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 23, 2021
— The Dust Devils (4-5, 2-1 in the 2A Rillito) will play for the region title and automatic bid into the 2A state playoffs when they host Santa Rita (1-6, 1-1) on Friday. A win would tie Santa Cruz with Sequoia Pathway (6-3, 3-1) but the Dust Devils have the head-to-head tiebreaker.
— The Hawks (5-3, 1-1 in the 2A Rillito) are on the fence to make the 2A state playoffs for the first time in program history (dating to 2007). Jay Dobyns has already coached the team to its first winning season and the most wins (five) in the history of the program. A game at No. 43 Catalina (1-8, 0-3) this Friday will not boost Tanque Verde’s power-points rating. Ranked No. 17 going into its game with Santa Cruz, the Hawks face uncertainty to make the 16-team field of the state playoffs.
— RB/LB Brayden Scott, a junior, had 75 yards on seven carries with two TDs, and he had 11 tackles.
— CB Trevor Clausen, a senior, finished with a team-high 14 tackles.
— DE CJ Lopez, a senior, finished with 10 tackles, two for loss, both sacks.
No. 15 Sequoia Pathway 69, No. 37 Santa Rita 0
— The Eagles (1-6, 1-1 2A Rillito) will conclude their first season Friday under legendary coach Tom Joseph when they travel to Santa Cruz (4-5, 2-1).
No. 22 Trivium Prep 55, No. 43 Catalina 0
— The Trojans (1-8, 0-3 in the 2A Rillito) will complete their first season with Greg McKinstry as head coach when they host Tanque Verde (5-3, 1-1) on Friday.
1A STATE PLAYOFFS
No. 5 San Manuel 52, No. 12 Tempe Prep 32
— The Miners (8-1) have advanced to the 1A quarterfinals this Saturday at No. 4 Mohave Accelerated (6-1) with the kickoff at 3 p.m.
— QB Nicolas Velasquez, a sophomore, completed 13 of 20 passes for 197 yards with two TDs.
— RB Noah Huerta, a senior, rushed for 209 yards on 11 carries with two TDs, and he had three catches for 65 yards.
— WR Ralphie Valencia, a junior, had seven catches for 95 yards with a TD.
— DB Dominic Rodriguez, a freshman, led the team with nine tackles.
No. 6 Hayden over No. 11 Valley Union (forfeit)
Just got word that Valley Union has had to forfeit Friday’s 1A state playoff game to Hayden due to COVID-19 related issues at the school.
This ends the Blue Devils season.
Hayden advances to the next round and will face Williams next week.
— Cochise Sports (@CochiseSports) October 21, 2021
— The Blue Devils finished their season 4-4 overall under coach Brandon Gilbreth.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
No. 37 Tucson (1-6) at No. 31 Mesa (2-5)
No. 3 Desert View (6-1) vs. No. 28 Flowing Wells (3-5) at THS
No. 30 Buena (2-4) at No. 5 Salpointe (5-2)
No. 10 Marana (6-1) at No. 33 Nogales (3-4)
No. 17 Cienega (4-3) at No. 14 Sunnyside (4-3)
No. 42 Rincon/UHS (1-6) at No. 24 Ironwood Ridge (3-4)
No. 40 Cholla (1-4) at No. 26 Mountain View (2-5)
No. 32 Empire (4-4) at No. 17 Amphitheater (4-2)
No. 7 Casa Grande (7-0) at No. 18 Canyon del Oro (5-3)
No. 29 Catalina Foothills (3-4) at No. 45 Rio Rico (0-5)
BYES: No. 31 Walden Grove (2-6); No. 33 Douglas (1-5)
No. 8 Pusch Ridge (7-2) at No. 21 AZ College Prep (5-4)
No. 10 Sabino (6-2) at No. 32 Sahuarita (1-7)
No. 3 Benson (6-2) at No. 5 Willcox (7-1)
No. 17 Tanque Verde (5-3) at No. 43 Catalina (1-8)
No. 37 Santa Rita (1-6) at No. 21 Santa Cruz (4-5)
No. 26 Bisbee (3-6) at No. 29 Tombstone (2-6)
No. 7 Bagdad (7-3) at No. 2 St. David (8-1)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
No. 5 San Manuel (8-1) at No. 4 Mohave Accelerated (6-1), 3 p.m.
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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