FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Pusch Ridge, Sabino & Santa Cruz advance

Matthew McLeod (Andy Morales/

Pusch Ridge beat Wickenburg 67-0 on Saturday night to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 3A playoffs. The Lions will host Northwest Christian next Friday night.

Pusch Ridge senior QB Christian Fetsis went 5-for-5 for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Fetsis also rushed six times for 95 yards and another TD.

Sophomore RB Ryan Garcia rushed for 71 yards and he collected four TDs. Matthew McLeod scored twice, rushed for 65 yards and he added 64 yards receiving. Max Atkinson had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The Lion defense limited Wickenburg to 128 yards of offense.

In other action, Sabino beat Fountain Hills 49-20 and will travel to play Benjamin Franklin in the 3A quarterfinal round while Empire fell to Casteel 56-7.

Santa Cruz advances to the 2A quarterfinals thanks to a 61-26 win over Pima.

There are now seven teams from Southern Arizona left in the playoffs.


QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 9 Marana at No. 1 Cienega, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Ironwood Ridge at No. 3 Liberty, 7 p.m.

SEMIFINALS: Friday, Nov. 17
Cienega/Marana winner vs. Notre Dame/Queen Creek winner, 7 p.m.


QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 5 Cactus at No. 4 Salpointe, 7 p.m.


FIRST ROUND: Saturday, Nov. 4
No. 1 Pusch Ridge 67, No. 16 Wickenburg 0
No. 5 Sabino 49, No. 12 Fountain Hills 20
No. 3 Casteel 56, No. 14 Empire 7

QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 8 NW Christian at No. 1 Pusch Ridge, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Sabino at No. 4 Franklin, 7 p.m.


FIRST ROUND: Saturday, Nov. 4
No. 3 Thatcher 62, No. 14 Willcox 6
No. 2 Phoenix Christian 42, No. 15 Bisbee 8
No. 4 Santa Cruz 61, No. 13 Pima 26

QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 5 Scottsdale Christian at No. 4 Santa Cruz, 7 p.m.



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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