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Southern Arizona high school football preparations beginning for 2021 season

Many of the Southern Arizona high school programs are planning preseason workouts and team-bonding excursions in preparation for the upcoming football season.

An example of this is Walden Grove recently concluding a camp in Prescott, and Canyon del Oro starting one at Snowflake starting next weekend.

2021 Southern Arizona High School Football Openers

The 2021 Southern Arizona high school football schedule is set to begin with Class 1A matchups on Aug. 20. Here is a list of every local high school with their opener (*-denotes Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic games):
AmphiSept. 2*Flowing Wells
BaboquivariAug. 27St. David
BisbeeAug. 27Catalina
BensonAug. 27Pusch Ridge
BuenaSept. 3at Barry Goldwater
CatalinaAug. 27at Bisbee
Catalina FoothillsSept. 3Sabino
CDOSept. 3at Salpointe
ChollaSept. 3at Rincon/University
CienegaSept. 3at Sunrise Mountain
Desert ViewSept. 3at Sunnyside
DouglasSept. 10Bisbee
EmpireSept. 3at Sahuarita
Flowing WellsSept. 2*at Amphi
Ironwood RidgeSept. 3Ironwood
MaranaSept. 3Mountain View
Mountain ViewSept. 3at Marana
NogalesSept. 10at Rio Rico
Palo VerdeSept. 3Walden Grove
PuebloSept. 2*at Sahuaro
Pusch RidgeAug. 27at Benson
Rincon/UniversitySept. 3Cholla
Rio RicoSept. 10Nogales
SabinoAug. 27at AZ College Prep
SahuaritaAug. 27at Thatcher
SahuaroSept. 2*Pueblo
San ManuelAug. 27Ray
St. DavidAug. 20Cibecue
SalpointeSept. 3CDO
Santa Cruz ValleyAug. 27at San Tan Charter
Santa RitaAug. 27Tombstone
SunnysideSept. 3Desert View
Tanque VerdeAug. 27Heritage Academy Laveen
TombstoneAug. 27at Santa Rita
TucsonSept. 3Maricopa
Valley UnionAug. 20Ray
Walden GroveSept. 3at Palo Verde
WillcoxAug. 27Globe

Ten coaches will be leading new teams this fall. One of the schools with a new coach — Santa Rita — is in the process of finalizing a hire.

Some of the biggest names in local high school coaching are at new places — Richard Sanchez at Tucson, Pat Nugent at Mica Mountain and Justin Argraves at Cienega.

2021 Southern Arizona High School Coaching Changes

Coaching changes made at Southern Arizona high schools going into the 2021 season:
SchoolNew CoachFormer Coach
CatalinaGreg McKinstryChris Barlow
Catalina FoothillsDaniel SainzDarius Kelly
CienegaJustin ArgravesPat Nugent
Eloy Santa CruzJames FitzgeraldRishard Davis
MaranaPhillip StewardLouis Ramirez II
Mica MountainPat NugentNew school
Sahuarita Jake PriceDon Watt
Santa RitaTBDRichard Sanchez
TombstoneDominik BonillaJerome Rhoades
Tucson Richard SanchezJustin Argraves


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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