FOOTBALL: Catalina continues historic run plus updated Tucson Top Twenty

Malik Martin (Andy Morales/



1: Cienega (5-0)
2: Salpointe (5-0)
3: Ironwood Ridge (4-1)
4: Marana (3-2)
5: Mountain View (4-1)
6: Canyon del Oro (3-2)
7: Sabino (4-1)
8: Pusch Ridge (5-0)
9: Catalina Foothills (4-2)
10: Walden Grove (4-1)
11: Tucson (2-4)
12: Pueblo (3-2)
13: Sahuaro (2-3)
14: Cholla (3-3)
15: Catalina (5-1)
16: Santa Cruz (4-0)
17: Empire (3-2)
18: Buena (4-1)
19: Desert View (3-2)
20: San Manuel (5-1)

1974. That was the last time Catalina started out a season with a 5-1 record and, some 43 years later, the Trojans matched that mark after beating Tanque Verde 21-7 Friday night. The 1974 team finished 7-3 but did not make the playoffs under the old system.

The Trojans reached seven victories four times since 1966 and eight games once (1967) but it was the unlikely 5-5 squad from 2009 that finally broke through and earned a playoff spot. It is doubtful five wins will get a team in the playoffs this year and the Trojans will be tested right away with a trip to Sabino (4-1) coming next Thursday….



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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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