Sunnyside beat Nogales 36-16 Thursday night at home to kick off a football season guaranteed to be full of rematches. The two-year scheduling block offers teams a chance to solidify dominance but it also offers a shot at redemption. That’s the beauty of it.
Teams cannot be accused of “escaping” opponents and teams are unable to “load up” their schedules. For the most part, who you played last year is who you will play this year. It is what it is and the Sunnyside/Nogales saga is a perfect example….
NOG: 0-16-0-0: 16
SUN: 7-12-3-14: 36
SS: 8:45: J. Silva 55 yard pass from J. Fuentes (C. Vasquez kick) 7-0
NOG: 10:41: N. Rivera 34 FG: 7-3
SS: 10:15: J. Fuentes 53 yard run (failed 2-pt) 13-3
NOG: 8:11: L. Yepiz 21 yard pass from J. Tapia (Kick failed) 13-9
NOG: 6:14: I. Romero 64 yard pass from J. Tapia (N. Rivera kick) 16-13
SS: 2:22: W. Rose 2 yard run (kick failed) 19-16
SS: 4:57: C. Vasquez 24 FG: 22-16
SS: 9:31: J. Silva 97 yard interception return C. Vasquez kick) 29-16
SS: 2:27: J. Fuentes 16 yard run (C. Vasquez kick) 36-16
Friday, August 18
Ironwood Ridge at Marana
Toss-up game. Marana had seven turnovers last year in a 62-42 loss.
TUCSON at Buena
The Colts are on an 0-21 streak.
SABINO at Casa Grande
This is a fill-in game and was not played last year. The two teams haven’t played each other since 2002. Former UA standout Randy Robbins is the AD of Casa Grande.
SAGUARO at Catalina Foothills
The top nine offensive and top 10 of 11 defensive players from Catalina Foothills graduated.
Cholla at DOUGLAS
James Fitzgerald is the new coach at Douglas.
Santa Rita at FLORENCE
Florence Sr. QB Jared Wood has 4,830 career passing yards.
PUEBLO at Rincon/University
Rincon/UHS RB Ty Grigsby graduated (1,457 rushing yards).
St. Mary’s at SALPOINTE
The Ed Doherty Trophy will stay in Tucson.
San Manuel at SAN TAN FOOTHILLS
San Tan is 3-0 against San Manuel with a 36-7 average margin of victory.
PALO VERDE at Tanque Verde
Both teams need this win. Could be a battle.
Willcox at THATCHER
Alonzo Highsmith is the new coach for Willcox.
Friday, August 25
Tombstone at Antelope Union
Thatcher at Benson
Douglas at Bisbee
Shadow Mountain at Canyon Del Oro
Globe at Catalina
Amphitheater at Cholla
Coolidge at Empire
Buena at Flowing Wells
Willcox at Lordsburg (NM)
Cienega at Marana
Salpointe at Mountain View Marana
Desert View at Palo Verde
Sunnyside at Pueblo
American Leadership at Pusch Ridge
Dobson at Rincon/University
Walden Grove at Rio Rico
Sahuarita at Safford
Sabino at Sahuaro
Paradise Honors at Santa Cruz
Benjamin Franklin at Santa Rita
Ironwood Ridge at Sunnyslope
San Manuel at Tanque Verde
Catalina Foothills at Tempe
Mountain Ridge at Tucson
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com