Tucson Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls look to keep postseason hopes alive in today’s matchup against Duke City

Ryan Balentine had six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in Tucson’s 55-28 loss to the Arizona Rattlers last Sunday (Tucson Sugar Skulls photo)

Coming off a 55-28 loss to the Arizona Rattlers last week, The Tucson Sugar Skulls now need to win their final two games of the regular season to have a chance at making an appearance in the playoffs.

If the Sugar Skulls beat Duke City and Northern Arizona, their postseason fate is still determined by how multiple teams finish their respective seasons.

The Sugar Skulls (4-8) play today against the Duke City Gladiators (6-6) at the Tucson Convention Center. Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m.

Head coach Dixie Wooten elaborated on Tucson’s potential path to the playoffs on the Tucson Sugar Skulls Coaches Show.

“We gotta win these last two games to even try to get us in, we drop one, we’re out” Wooten said. “So we have to win two, and get a little help, but at the end of the day we gotta win our two.”

Tucson quarterback Cory Murphy suffered an injury in the second quarter against the Rattlers last week, and Demry Croft finished the game under center after suffering an injury himself. Wooten will be making a game-time decision on who starts at quarterback today.

“It’s day-to-day because both quarterbacks got beat up pretty bad in that game,” Wooten said. The reason why Cory came out is because he injured his shoulder a little bit. He could have went back in later in the game, but Demry was playing a decent game, so I left him in. Demry is day-to-day with a rib injury this week, so we gotta get a call from a doctor to see if he can play or not, but if he can’t, it will be Cory going for the whole game.”

The Sugar Skulls beat Duke City in their previous two matchups this season.

Today’s game, advertised by the Sugar Skulls as the Boneyard Blackout, is Tucson’s final home game of the season. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear black, and the first 1,000 fans will receive free black T-shirts courtesy of Nova Home Loans.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood.  He is currently attending Pima Community College where he writes for the Aztec Press. Next semester he will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he will work towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.

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