The 2021 Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic is set for Thursday, September 2 with Pueblo visiting Sahuaro and Flowing Wells visiting Amphitheater.
Flowing Wells will not have a home game until Oct. 15 due to major renovations to the program’s turf which caused that game to be moved to Amphitheater.
Athletes and teams from each school will be recognized during halftime festivities and signature coaches will be recognized between the quarter breaks. Each of the four programs will have a meal celebration during their scrimmages set for the week before their games.
Amphitheater holds a slim 14-12-1 edge over Flowing Wells dating back to the 7-7 tie in 1961. Sahuaro holds a 9-4-1 lead over Pueblo dating back to 1970 but the two teams haven’t met since 1990 when legendary coaches Howard Breinig and Curly Santa Cruz were on the sidelines.
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 is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org