Andy’s Small School Pigskin Preview: 8-man football is alive


Tony Luzania led Elfrida valley Union to a state title in 2007. Hopes are high again (Andy Morales/

Tony Luzania led Elfrida valley Union to a state title in 2007. Hopes are high again (Andy Morales/

Five Southern Arizona football teams remain unbeaten:
Flowing Wells 5-0
Sabino 4-0
Benson 4-0
St. David 4-0
Valley Union 4-0

As we move into the section phase, it’s important to point out that the section champion gets the only automatic bid to the state playoffs. It becomes a “second season” or a second chance for teams that struggled during the “Freedom” portion of their schedules.

Although all games are important, here are a couple from each division from Southern Arizona that are sure to shape the rest of the season:


Section II Standings
Thatcher (2-2, 1-0)
Douglas (1-3, 1-0)
Santa Rita (1-3, 1-0)
Empire (1-3, 0-0)
Pueblo (1-3, 0-1)
Catalina (0-4, 0-1)
Palo Verde (0-5, 0-1)

Section VI Standings
Flowing Wells (5-0, 1-0)
Pusch Ridge (3-1, 1-0)
Sahuarita (1-3, 1-0)
Walden Grove (2-2, 0-0)
Cholla (3-1, 0-1)
Rio Rico (2-3, 0-1)
Amphitheater (0-4, 0-1)

Thatcher (2-2) at Palo Verde (0-5)

Not many power points on the table for Thatcher but the win over Pueblo put them in the driver’s seat for the section title. A win over Palo Verde puts them up 2-0 in the section.

Douglas (1-3) at Pueblo (1-3)

Douglas defeated Catalina to give them an important start in section play but they will be traveling to Pueblo. Pueblo in hungry for a win.


Section II Standings
Benson (4-0, 0-0)
Bisbee (2-1, 0-0)
San Manuel (1-2, 0-0)
Tombstone (1-2, 0-0)
Tanque Verde (1-4, 0-0)
Willcox (1-4, 0-0)

Section VIII Section Standings
Santa Cruz (3-1, 0-0)

Benson (4-0) at San Carlos (1-4)

Benson is still a couple of weeks away from section play but beefing up their division record will help keep the Bobcats ahead of everyone else.

Santa Cruz (3-1) at Benjamin Franklin (2-2)

Dust Devils can get into their section race with a win this week. This is an intriguing week for a small school that produced three NFL standouts.


Sections Combined
St. David (4-0, 1-0)
Valley Union (4-0, 0-0)
Duncan (1-3, 0-1)
Ajo (3-1, 1-0)

St. David (4-0) at Fort Thomas (2-3)

St. David finishes the regular season with games against Valley Union and Pima (5-0). The Tigers need to keep pace.

Valley Union (4-0) at Duncan (1-3)

Huge win over Glendale Prep has the Blue Devils believing. The game between Valley Union and St. David is set for Oct. 9.

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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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