Frog & Firkin Friday Rewind: Notes, look at top Week 11 performances



No. 31 Mesa 49, No. 38 Tucson 0


— The Badgers (1-7, 0-3 6A East Valley) look to end their four-game losing streak playing at region opponent Mesa Dobson (2-5, 0-3) on Thursday.


No. 3 Salpointe 45, No. 27 Buena 7


— Salpointe (6-2, 2-0 5A Southern) aiming to extend their three-game winning streak hosting Mountain View (3-5, 2-1) on Friday.

— QB Treyson Bourguet, a senior, completed 12 of 22 passes for 184 yards with five TDs and no interceptions.

— RB Anthony Wilhite, a senior, rushed 13 times for 81 yards, and he caught three passes for 35 yards with a TD.

— RB Dailan Goodman, a junior, had 80 yards on nine carries with a TD.

— WR Dylan Dreis, a senior, had five catches for 97 yards with three TDs.


— The Colts (2-5, 1-1 5A Southern) face another tough task playing at Desert View (7-1, 2-1) on Friday.

— RB Austin Cox, a senior, rushed 17 times for 63 yards.

— WR Keyon Taylor, a senior, had three receptions for 36 yards and a TD.

— DE William Stemler, a senior, finished with 13 tackles.

— CB Brett Santa Maria, a senior, tallied 10 tackles.

No. 5 Desert View 48, No. 32 Flowing Wells 7


— The Jaguars (7-1, 2-1 5A Southern) look to extend their winning streak to three games when they host Buena (2-5, 1-1) on Friday. Robert Bonillas’ team has reached seven wins in a season for only the second time in the last 24 years.

— RB Serge Gboweiah, a senior, rushed for 154 yards on 10 carries with four TDs.

— RB Abdulahi Yusuf, a senior, carried the ball 15 times for 108 yards.

— LB Carlos Arvizu, a senior, tallied 10 tackles.


— The Caballeros (3-6, 0-3 5A Southern) finally get to play their first game at home when Cholla (1-5, 0-1) visits on Friday. Flowing Wells’ field has been undergoing renovations all season and it appears the field is ready for a game.

No. 26 Mountain View 63, No. 40 Cholla 7


— The Mountain Lions (3-5, 2-1 5A Southern) will next play at Salpointe (6-2, 2-0) on Friday.


— The Chargers (1-5, 0-1) returned to action for the first time in four weeks because of a lack of healthy players. Virgil Henderson’s team next plays at Flowing Wells (3-6, 0-3).

No. 10 Marana 55, No. 34 Nogales 0


— The Tigers (7-1, 3-0 5A Sonoran) will host Cienega (5-3, 3-0) on Friday in a game that will get either team closer to a region title. Phillip Steward’s team has outscored its last three opponents 147-0 dating to the fourth quarter against Sunnyside in which the Tigers scored the last 22 points to win 36-35 on Oct. 15.

— QB Elijah Joplin, a junior, completed 15 of 16 pass attempts for 267 yards with six TDs and no interceptions.

— RB Matthew Jensen, a junior, rushed 12 times for 90 yards.

— WR/CB Chika Ebunoha, a senior, had three catches for 80 yards with two TDs and also had three tackles for loss.

— WR Samuel Brown, a junior, had three receptions for 86 yards and a TD.

— LB Colin Bourguet, a senior, had a 27-yard interception return for a TD.


— The Apaches (3-5, 1-2 5A Sonoran) play at Ironwood Ridge (4-4, 2-1) on Friday.

No. 11 Cienega 34, No. 22 Sunnyside 0


— The Bobcats (5-3, 3-0 5A Sonoran) look to extend their four-game winning streak when they play at Marana (7-1, 3-0) on Friday in a game that will get either team closer to a region title.

— QB Brayden Cherry, a junior, completed 13 of 19 passes for 145 yards.

— RB Cole McFarland, a senior, rushed five times for 130 yards with two touchdowns, including a 72-yard score.

— RB Ritchie McCormack, a senior, had eight rushes for 48 yards with a TD.

— TE Brody Kallman, a senior, had four catches for 62 yards.


— The Blue Devils (4-4, 0-3 5A Sonoran) will try to end their three-game losing streak hosting Rincon/University (1-7, 0-3) on Friday.

No. 16 Ironwood Ridge 63, No. 42 Rincon/UHS 0


— The Rangers (1-7, 0-3 5A Sonoran) will travel to Sunnyside (4-4, 0-3) as both teams are in search of their first win in region play.


— The Nighthawks (4-4, 2-1 5A Sonoran) host Nogales (3-5, 1-2) in a game that is important for them to set up a potential region championship game at Marana on Nov. 12.

— QB Tyler Haynie, a senior, completed both of his pass attempts for 46 yards with a TD and rushed six times for 101 yards with two TDs.

— RB Jordan Thomas, a junior, rushed eight times for 195 yards with three TDs.

— RB Landon Billings, a senior, finished with 83 yards on three carries with two TDs.


No. 5 Casa Grande 28, No. 15 Canyon del Oro 6


— The Dorados (5-4, 2-1 4A Kino) had their five-game winning streak snapped heading into a bye week. They end the regular season at Sahuaro (1-6, 1-1) with the hope they are still in playoff contention after that game.

— RB Kayden Luke, a sophomore, finished with 48 yards on 12 carries with a TD.

— DE Jose Zazueta, a senior, had two fumble recoveries.

No. 31 Empire 27, No. 24 Amphitheater 7


— The Ravens (5-4, 3-0) will host Catalina Foothills (4-4, 2-0) in what amounts to the 4A Gila championship game. With both teams not ranked near the 4A top 20, the teams appear to be playing for the pride of the region title rather than a playoff spot. Empire can achieve a sixth win in a senior for the first time since 2017 and only the second time in the last eight years.

— QB Miles Kinney, a senior, completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 136 yards with two TDs.

— RB/LB Jake Lambert, a senior, rushed 33 times for 216 yards and two TDs, and he also had 10 tackles, three for loss.

— WR/CB Jacob Puentes, a senior, had six receptions for 85 yards with two TDs, and he had two interceptions.


— The Panthers (4-3, 1-2) will look to end their two-game losing streak with a non-region game at upstart Mica Mountain (2-2) on Friday.

No. 28 Catalina Foothills 42, No. 47 Rio Rico 3


— The victory put the Falcons (4-4, 2-0 4A Gila) in position for a 4A Gila title with a game at Empire (5-4, 3-0) on Friday.

— QB Connor Smith, a senior, completed 7 of 8 passes for 67 yards with a TD.

— QB Austin Bourn, a sophomore, completed 6 of 8 passes for 136 yards with two TDs.

— RB Yasuo Bean, a senior, rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries with two TDs.

— CB Jack Curtin, a junior, had two interceptions and two pass deflections.


— The Hawks (0-6, 0-2 4A Gila) will try to earn their first victory of the season at Douglas (1-5, 0-2) on Friday.

No. 41 Sahuaro 21, No. 34 Pueblo 20


— The Warriors (3-5, 0-2 4A Kino) travel to region champion Casa Grande (9-0, 3-0) on Friday.


— The Cougars (1-6, 1-1) will look to put two wins together when they play at Walden Grove (2-6, 0-2) on Friday. The Red Wolves are coming off a bye week looking to snap their five-game losing streak.

BYES: No. 32 Walden Grove and No. 39 Douglas.


No. 8 Pusch Ridge 41, No. 18 AZ College Prep 19


— The Lions (8-2) are the No. 7 seed in the 3A state playoffs that start Friday. The 3A South champions (as determined by power points), they will host No. 10 Thatcher (7-3). Pusch Ridge defeated the visiting Eagles 41-14 on Oct. 22.

— QB Ryan Fontaine, a senior, completed 9 of 14 passes for 164 yards with a TD and rushed for 83 yards on 14 carries with two TDs.

— RB Javier Grajeda, a senior, had 174 yards on 19 carries with two TDs.

— WR/DB Bubba Mustain, a sophomore, had five receptions for 89 yards with two TDs and had two interceptions for 15 yards. He also had a 50-yard kickoff return.

— CB Bryce Jewell, a junior, had nine tackles.

No. 9 Sabino 71, No. 33 Sahuarita 7


— The Sabercats (7-2) are the No. 9 seed in the 3A state playoffs and will travel to No. 8 Show Low (8-2) in a first-round game Friday.

— QB Cameron Hackworth, a sophomore, completed 8 of 13 passes for 205 yards with four TDs and no interceptions.

— WR Kamden Gambrell, a senior, had four receptions for 104 yards with two TDs.

— WR Isiah Aguirre, a senior, tallied three catches for 88 yards and two TDs.

— LB Marius Webster, a senior, had nine tackles and a fumble recovery.

— S Nezayah Stubblefield, a senior, intercepted two passes, one for a TD.

— LB Kenneth Blackman, a senior, had a pick-6.

— CB Jalen Lewis, a senior, also returned an interception for a TD.


— The Mustangs end the first year of the Jake Price era with a 1-8 record. Price has 25 juniors and sophomores returning next season.


No. 3 Benson 35, No. 7 Willcox 0


— The Bobcats secured the 2A San Pedro title with the win and Pima’s loss to Morenci. Chris Determan’s team is the No. 3 seed in the 2A state playoffs and it will host No. 14 Sequoia Pathway (7-3) on Friday in a first round game. Benson is trying to return to the 2A state title game for the second consecutive year.

— QB Brok Determan, a senior, completed both of his passes for 75 yards and a TD.

— RB Devin Bowling, a senior, gained 125 yards on nine carries with two TDs.

— RB Tristan Martinez, a senior, had four rushes for 77 yards and two TDs.

— LB Ryan Francione, a senior, finished with 13 tackles and fumble recovery.

— DT Gabe Osuna, a senior, had 11 tackles.


— The No. 8 Cowboys (7-2) will try to get back on the winning track in the first round of the 2A state playoffs Friday at home against Holbrook (7-2) after losing the last two regular season games against Morenci and Benson.

— RB/LB Cristian Pando, a junior, 115 yards on 31 carries, and had seven tackles.

— RB Marcus Olivares, a senior, rushed 15 times for 62 yards.

No. 13 Tanque Verde 47, No. 43 Catalina 0


Jay Dobyns’ second season was a successful one although the Hawks did not make the 2A state playoffs. Tanque Verde finished 7-3 (including a forfeit win over Santa Rita) to give Dobyns a 10-3 record after taking over a program that had a 15-game losing streak. The Hawks won three of their last four games to finish strong. Tanque Verde was senior heavy with 23 players but the program also has 30 freshmen, sophomores and juniors, including Class of 2023 Power 5 lineman prospect Jack Endean.

— RB Aaron Wentz, a senior, had 60 yards on two rushes.

— RB Gavin Gilbert, a sophomore, finished with 51 yards on seven carries.

— CB Trevor Clausen, a senior, had nine tackles.

— CB Calvin Jones, a senior, had a pick-6 of 30 yards.


Greg McKinstry’s first season as head coach at Catalina came to a close with a 1-9 record with the win a forfeit over Miami.

No. 21 Santa Cruz 56, No. 37 Santa Rita 0


— First-year coach James Fitzgerald endured injury problems with his team this season and the defending state champion Dust Devils finished 6-5 overall and 4-1 in the 2A Rillito. RB Ricardo Alaniz, a senior, replaced Hunter Ogle well rushing for more than 1,300 yards.


— Legendary coach Tom Joseph ends his first season at Santa Rita 1-8 overall with the win a 40-8 triumph over Catalina on Oct. 15.

No. 27 Bisbee 48, No. 30 Tombstone 26


— The Pumas concluded their season 4-6 overall ending a four-game losing streak with the win over Tombstone. Keep an eye out for Diego Chavez, who returns for his senior season next year after rushing for more than 1,200 yards.


Dominic Bonilla returned to his alma mater to coach and the Yellowjackets struggled but they learned through the 3-7 season. Aliaz Dyson, a freshman quarterback, is a player to watch. He passed for more than 400 yards and rushed for almost 300.


No. 2 St. David 69, No. 7 Bagdad 46


— St. David improved to 9-1 with the wild win in a game in which the Tigers rallied from a 16-0 deficit. The No. 2 Tigers advanced to the state semifinals at Scottsdale Coronado on Saturday at 6 p.m. They will face No. 3 Williams (8-2).

— QB Ryan Gooding, a junior, completed 24 of 39 passes for 407 yards with six TDs.

— RB Talon Haynie, a senior, gained 236 yards on 32 carries with three TDs.

— WR Jake Goodman, a senior, had 10 receptions for 168 yards and two TDs.

— WR/DB Koy Richardson, a junior, finished with four catches for 85 yards and a TD, and he had an interception and fumble recovery.

— WR Cody Didion, a senior, had four receptions for 88 yards and two TDs.

No. 4 Mohave Accelerated 50, No. 5 San Manuel 46


— The Miners finished the season 8-2 overall under coach Ernest Ivy. They had some injury and illness issues to overcome late in the season, but look to be a force in the upcoming years with prolific QB Nicolas Velasquez returning for his junior and senior seasons.


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

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