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2021 RECORD: 4-6
- Brian Vertrees enters his sixth season as head coach after his father Chris coached the Pumas the seven years previously.
- The schedule interestingly has a bye week to open the season, so Bisbee and other 2A teams will be forced to play 10 straight weeks.
- Bisbee’s 2A region — San Pedro — has a different look with Benson moving to 3A. The last five games of the season are against region opponents Willcox (at home Sept. 30), at Tombstone (Oct. 7), Tanque Verde (at home Oct. 14) and then on the road against Santa Rita (Oct. 21) and Catalina (Oct. 28).
- Bisbee opens at Santa Cruz Valley Aug. 26 before hosting rivals Douglas on Sept. 2 and Benson on Sept. 9. Bisbee and Douglas will play for The Pick for the 153rd time with the Pumas trailing the series 80-64-8. The non-region schedule rounds out with games at Veritas on Sept. 16 and at home against NFL Yet Academy on Sept. 23. Santa Cruz, Veritas and NFL Yet Academy eached finished 5-5 last season. Douglas was 2-6 (including the win over Bisbee at home) and Benson finished 8-3, reaching the 2A semifinals with a senior-laden roster.
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