Benson all but solidifies top seed in the 2A playoffs with win over Willcox

Devin Bowling had 188 yards rushing and 2 TDs. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Benson finished the regular season undefeated after beating Willcox 42-0 Friday night for the first time since the Bobcats went 13-0 to start off the 2015 season. That team went on to lose to Joy Christian in the D-V state championship game to end the win streak. That team also earned the top seed in the state playoffs and this version is headed in that direction also.

Benson (6-0) came into the game against Willcox (3-2) ranked No. 1 in the 2A Conference and Willcox was No. 10.  The 2A Conference Play-In Tournament is set for Friday, Nov. 20 and the 8-team state tournament is lasted to start on the following Friday night….



4A Canyon del Oro 35, 5A Ironwood Ridge 6
4A Walden Grove 49, 5A Marana 35
4A Amphitheater 28, 5A Flowing Wells 17
5A Cholla 28, 4A Pueblo 27
3A Sabino 27, 4A Sahuaro 23
4A Catalina Foothills 14, 3A Sahuarita 6
3A Pusch Ridge 56, 3A Florence 0
2A Tanque Verde 48, 4A Rio Rico 13
2A Benson 42, 2A Willcox 0
2A Bisbee 54, 2A Tombstone 9

1A Williams over 1A St. David, 38-20
1A Mogollon over 1A San Manuel 50-6


2A Santa Rita (0-1) at 4A Palo Verde (0-0), 2 p.m.
5A Salpointe (4-0) at 5A Mountain View (0-0), 4 p.m.


5A Marana (0-2) at 5A Cienega (2-0), 7 p.m.
5A Salpointe (4-0) at 5A Desert Mountain (4-1), 7 p.m.
5A Desert View (0-1) at 5A Ironwood Ridge (0-2), 7 p.m.
5A Rincon/UHS (0-1) at 4A Amphitheater (3-0), 7 p.m.
4A Sahuaro (0-2) at 5A Mountain View (0-0), 7 p.m.
4A Rio Rico (1-2) at 5A Nogales (0-0), 7 p.m.
4A Palo Verde (0-0) at 5A Flowing Wells (0-2), 7 p.m.
5A Cholla (1-1) at 2A Santa Rita (0-1), 7 p.m.
4A Canyon del Oro (2-1) at 4A Catalina Foothills (1-0), 7 p.m.
4A Walden Grove (3-0) at 4A Pueblo (0-1), 7 p.m.
3A Sabino (1-0) at 4A Empire (0-0), 7 p.m.
2A Tanque Verde (2-0) at 2A Catalina (0-0), 7 p.m.

2A-3A State Play-In Football Tournament


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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