Tucson teams start play; Pusch Ridge, St. David & San Manuel claim playoff berths

St. David’s Logan Davis hands off to Talon Haynie (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The idea of a “Tucson City Championship” began around 1948 with Amphitheater and Tucson High battling it out for that honor and Pueblo earned the first actual media trophy in 1958. You can find some of these trophies in various trophy cases in Tucson but the notion of a city champion for the Tucson area slowly slipped away in the 1970s with the introduction of different classes and regions.

As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, the city championship will be back with local public schools battling it our for a final contest to be played like a college bowl game. The teams eligible for this spot had to begin their season either Friday night or next week. The game could be played in late December but before the winter break…


The first “City Championship” from the Tucson Citizen, Sept. 25, 1948.


5A Salpointe 21, 5A Campo Verde 14
5A Cienega 28, 4A Canyon del Oro 14
4A Casa Grande 41, 5A Buena 21
4A Walden Grove 63, 4A Douglas 3
4A Amphitheater 44, 4A Rio Rico 0
3A Pusch Ridge 48, 3A San Tan Foothills 13
2A Santa Cruz 43, 2A Sequoia Pathway 0
2A Willcox 50, 2A Bisbee 16
2A Benson 12, 2A Morenci 6
2A Pima 52, 2A Tombstone 7
1A St. David 58, 1A San Manuel 0


6A Mountain Ridge (3-2) at 5A Salpointe (3-0), 7 p.m.
5A Cholla (0-0) at 6A Tucson (0-0), 7 p.m.
5A Flowing Wells (0-0) at 5A Sunnyside (0-0), 7 p.m.
5A Maricopa, (1-4) at 5A Marana (0-0), 7 p.m.
5A Buena (2-2) at Ironwood Ridge (0-0), 7 p.m.
5A Rincon/UHS (0-0) at 2A Tanque Verde (0-0), 7 p.m.
4A Canyon del Oro (0-1) at 5A Desert View (0-1), 7 p.m.
4A Walden Grove (1-0) at 4A Sahuaro (0-0), 7 p.m.
4A Amphitheater (1-0) at 4A Douglas (0-1), 7 p.m.
4A Empire (0-0) at 4A Pueblo (0-0), 7 p.m.
4A Rio Rico (0-1) at 2A Santa Rita (0-0), 7 p.m.
3A ALA-Ironwood (0-5) at 3A Pusch Ridge (4-1), 7 p.m.
3A Sabino (0-0) at 3A Sahuarita (0-0), 7 p.m.
2A Benson (4-0) at 2A Tombstone (0-5), 7 p.m.
2A Santa Cruz (4-1) at 2A AZ College Prep (4-1), 7 p.m.
2A Bisbee (0-5) at 2A Pima (1-2), 7 p.m.
2A Morenci (2-1) at 2A Willcox (3-0), 7 p.m.
1A San Manuel at 1A Superior (5-0), 6 p.m.
1A Valley Union (1-4) at 1A Duncan (0-5), 6 p.m.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and was given the Amphi Distinguished Service Award. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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