Tucson Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls look to keep things rolling with a win against the Las Vegas Knight Hawks

Tucson defensive back Mike Minter helped hold Bay Area to 33 points, the fewest points the defense has allowed all season. (Sugar Skulls photo)

Tucson looks to win back-to-back games for the second time this season and solidify its playoff chances when it faces the Las Vegas Knight Hawks tomorrow at Tucson Arena.

The Sugar Skulls are coming off a balanced effort in all facets of the game last Saturday in a 58-33 win at Tucson Arena against the Bay Area Panthers. 

Tucson’s defense held the Panthers to a combined 2-for-10 on third and fourth down conversions, special teams recovered an onside kick, and running back Mike Jones led the way on offense with five total touchdowns.

The 25-point win for Tucson last Saturday was also a franchise-best margin of victory.

“It’s good, but at the end of the day, your still having moments where you gotta finish drives like the first half. You know we got a field goal out of it, but we had a chance to score before the half, and that’s the thing you take away from it,” Tucson head coach Dixie Wooten said after the game. “But, you gotta give the guys credit for coming out after a bye week, practicing tough, and coming out and winning the game by 20; that’s big time.”

Tucson heads into tomorrow’s game sitting in third place in the Western Conference, with the Knight Hawks trailing them by 1.5 games in the conference standings.

Since Tucson beat Las Vegas 48-39 in its season opener in Henderson, Nevada, a win tomorrow night gives them a head-to-head tiebreaker against the Knight Hawks and puts the Sugar Skulls in an excellent position to make the playoffs.

The Sugar Skulls (6-5) play Saturday at Tucson Arena against the Vegas Knight Hawks (5-7). Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood. Murphy is a journalist product manager with the Green Valley News & the Sahuarita Sun. He is currently attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.

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