Andy’s D-II Pigskin Preview


Sunnyside looks to go 2-0 (Andy Morales/

Sunnyside looks to go 2-0 (Andy Morales/


Section I
Sunnyside (1-0)
Tucson (1-0)
Sahuaro (1-1)
Salpointe Catholic (1-1)
Buena (0-1)
Cienega (0-1)

Sunnyside defeated Glendale Cactus 27-21 in double overtime which put the Blue Devils in a great spot to go 2-0 if they can get past Avondale Westview (0-1) next week. Then it’s on with a home game against Mountain View (1-0) the following week. They just have to tell themselves, “One game at a time.”

Tucson defeated Apache Junction 28-20 and the Badgers will host Canyon del Oro (0-1) next week. CDO lost to Gilbert 21-16 in a game where the Dorados couldn’t find a way to win at the end. An interception in the endzone and a late touchdown gave Gilbert the win. The Badger/Dorados game could be a wild one.

Sahuaro lost to D-III Sabino 26-7 one week after holding on to defeat D-IV Sahuarita (0-2). The Cougars will benefit from having a bye next Friday but CDO comes calling on September 11. The power points don’t come out till September 29 so there is still time to get things done.

Salpointe came on late to defeat Sahuarita 35-26. While a win-is-a-win, the Lancers avoided a power-point disaster. The Mustangs threw for over 250 yards against Salpointe. Anthem Boulder Creek (0-1) comes calling next week. My bet is Dennis Bene will have his passing defense back on track.

Buena got toasted by Nogales 53-7 at home. They have a chance to get even when they travel to play Peoria (0-1) next week. Peoria lost their first game big also, 33-3 to Phoenix Sunnyslope.

Cienega lost to Chandler Basha 42-23. The Bobcats will host Catalina Foothills (1-1) next week. The Falcons have are moving in the right direction after a big loss to start their season off. This game, along with the CDO/Tucson game, could get interesting.

Section III
Mountain View (1-0)
Queen Creek (1-1)
Ironwood Ridge (0-1)
Canyon Del Oro (0-1)
Poston Butte (0-2)

Mountain View destroyed D-III Avondale La Joya on the road 51-6. The win meant Mountain View is out to get the job done rather than let down against a lower-division opponent. They will take on D-I Scottsdale Horizon (0-1) next week before traveling to play Sunnyside. Watch out.

Ironwood Ridge had a bye week to prepare for Mesa Westwood (0-1) this Friday. Both teams are hungry for their first win after huge losses but the Nighthawks have Salpointe, Tucson, Sahuaro and CDO coming up. This is why you play the big guys.

Canyon del Oro. If the Dorados get past Tucson then they have a shot at finding themselves in a great position when they face district rival Ironwood Ridge in October. (See Tucson above).

Tomorrow: D-III





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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. 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, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at



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