Jace Mitchell scampered 60 yards down the field five plays in to give Valley Union an early lead over the Ray Bearcats and the Blue Devils never looked back Friday night at home. The 28-8 victory answered a few questions but it also opened up a whole set of expectations for both squads.
Valley Union will now face expectations with a somewhat favorable schedule but those expectations are also fueled by players like Mitchell and Travis Morin. Mitchell transferred over from Tombstone and Morin from Sabino and the seniors where all over the field Friday night.
“I was really nervous at first,” Mitchell said. “We really fought. We came out in the first quarter and put up 16 points. We kept at it. We got our first win.”
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
1A: Elfrida Valley Union 28, Kearny Ray 8
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27
3A Sabino at 3A Chandler AZ College Prep, 7 p.m.
3A Sahuarita at 3A Thatcher, 7 p.m.
3A Pusch Ridge at 2A Benson, 7 p.m.
2A Catalina at 2A Bisbee, 7 p.m.
2A Eloy Santa Cruz at 2A Gilbert San Tan Charter, 7 p.m.
2A Tombstone at 2A Santa Rita, 7 p.m.
2A Heritage Academy Laveen at 2A Tanque Verde, 7 p.m.
2A Globe at 2A Willcox, 7 p.m.
1A Kearny Ray at 1A San Manuel, 7 p.m.
1A Cibecue at 1A St. David, 7 p.m.
1A Bullhead City Mohave Accelerated at 1A Valley Union, 7 p.m.
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