THURSDAY, OCT. 14
6A No. 15 Mesa Mountain View 37, 4A (UR) Mica Mountain 7
.@FootballMica coach Pat Nugent could’ve said no to Mesa Mountain View coach Joe Germaine to play Thursday and would’ve gone unnoticed. Thunderbolts in first year of a limited varsity schedule. Instead, they played and prospered from experience. The story: https://t.co/B7b8q1P0KX
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 15, 2021
— Pat Nugent‘s new team is now 2-1 against varsity competition in their first year at that level. The only varsity game left on the schedule is a Nov. 5 home game against Amphi.
— LB Kason Colbert, a junior, had 14 tackles, including one for loss (a sack).
No. 7 Pima 45, No. 28 Tombstone 0
— The Yellowjackets are 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the 2A San Pedro with a game scheduled Friday at home against Benson (5-2, 2-1).
FRIDAY, OCT. 15
No. 37 Mesa Skyline 48, No. 36 Tucson 31
— Tucson High dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the 6A East Valley. The Badgers host Cesar Chavez (4-2) in a non-region game Friday.
No. 8 Salpointe 48, No. 1 Desert View 0
.@SCLancerNation, state’s No. 8 team in 5A, used big-game experience to beat top-ranked Desert View on Friday night. A dominating running game led by Anthony Wilhite and constant pressure applied by DE Elijah Rushing and the defensive front the difference: https://t.co/bOTVpnbiad
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 16, 2021
— The Jaguars (5-1 overall and 0-1 in the 5A Southern) will try to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they travel Friday to Marana to face Mountain View (2-4, 1-0).
— QB Oscar Barraza, a senior, rushed 12 times for 55 yards.
— RB Carlos Alvarez, a senior, gained 64 yards on six carries.
— LB Sean Sierra, a junior, had 12 tackles
— CB Enrique Cancio, a senior, had 12 tackles and an interception.
— The Lancers (4-2, 1-0 in the 5A Southern) are scheduled to play at Cholla (1-4, 0-0) on Friday. The Chargers had to cancel their game with Buena because of a lack of players.
— QB Treyson Bourguet, a senior, completed 18 of 29 passes for 134 yards.
— RB Anthony Wilhite, a senior, rushed 22 times for 154 yards with four TDs.
— RB Dailan Goodman, a junior, had 11 carries for 65 yards.
— RB Elias Roberts, a junior, tallied 76 yards on six carries with two TDs.
— WR Michael Aguirre, a senior, had five receptions for 54 yards.
— DE Elijah Rushing, a sophomore, had a sack and five QB hurries.
No. 12 Marana 36, No. 10 Sunnyside 35
Marana @MaranaFB came back from a 28-7 deficit at halftime to defeat Sunnyside in a game that came down to the final seconds. Read my game story for All Sports Tucson. @joplin_elijah @SamBrown2023 @AllSportsTucsonhttps://t.co/S5NCU5cJsT
— Kevin Murphy (@KevinMurfee) October 16, 2021
— The Tigers (5-1, 1-0 in the 5A Sonoran) are slated to play at Rincon/University (1-5, 0-1) on Friday night.
— QB Elijah Joplin, a junior, completed 33 of 50 pass attempts for 398 yards with five TDs.
— RB Matthew Jensen, a junior, gained 61 yards on 10 carries, and he caught seven passes for 70 yards and a TD.
— WR Samuel Brown, a junior, caught 14 passes for 178 yards with a TD.
— WR Dezmen Roebuck, a freshman, had seven receptions for 70 yards and a TD.
— WR Chika Ebunoha, a senior, had three catches for 68 yards and a TD.
— The Blue Devils (4-2, 0-1 in the 5A Sonoran) are scheduled to travel north again and play at Ironwood Ridge (2-4, 0-1) on Friday night.
No. 23 Cienega 31, No. 22 Ironwood Ridge 21
— The Bobcats (3-3, 1-0 in the 5A Sonoran) have won two straight under new coach Justin Argraves and they host Nogales (3-3, 1-0) on Friday night.
— QB Brayden Cherry, a junior, completed 15 of 22 passes for 210 yards with a TD.
— RB/L Ritchie McCormack, a senior, had 20 rushes for 123 yards with two TDs, and he had a team-best eight tackles.
— RB/LB Cole McFarland, a senior, gained 66 yards on 16 carries, and he had two sacks.
— WR CJ Hangartner, a senior, had five receptions for 56 yards.
— The Nighthawks (2-4, 0-1 in the 5A Sonoran) host Sunnyside (4-2, 0-1) in a must-win game for both teams Friday.
— QB Tyler Haynie, a senior, completed 10 of 19 passes for 149 yards with one TD.
— RB Jordan Thomas, a junior, rushed for 157 yards on 10 carries with two TDs and six receptions for 92 yards and a TD.
— RB Landon Billings, a senior, gained 101 yards on 10 carries.
No. 30 Nogales 35, No. 42 Rincon/UHS 26
— Nogales Apaches (@NogiAthletics) October 16, 2021
— The Apaches (3-3, 1-0 in the 5A Sonoran) ended a three-game losing streak and now they travel to Cienega (3-3, 1-0) for a chance to stay unbeaten in the region.
— The Rangers (1-5, 0-1 in the 5A Sonoran) will attempt to end their three-game losing streak hosting Marana (5-1, 1-0) on Friday.
No. 17 Amphitheater 42, No. 29 Douglas 7
Great game tonight‼took the W against Douglas 42-7‼😈💰 3️⃣tds for 8 plays almost had a 4th👀 @CoachPerrone @coachBSanders18 @Coach_WallyHC @CoachV_AC @ASUFootball @NAU_Football @ArizonaFBall @UMichFootball @SOAZFootball @JavierJMorales pic.twitter.com/4KMAaT8AWf
— Kiko Trejo (@KikoTrejo3) October 16, 2021
— The Panthers (4-1, 1-0 in the 4A Gila) hope to build their winning streak to three games when they travel to Catalina Foothills (2-4, 0-0) on Friday.
— QB Carlos Ybarra, a senior, completed 4 of 7 passes for 131 yards with a TD.
— RB Kiko Trejo, a senior, gained 93 yards on eight carries with two TDs, and he had a 70-yard TD reception.
— RB Ashton Haynes, a senior, rushed for 127 yards on 11 rushes with three TDs.
— The Bulldogs (1-4, 0-1 in the 4A Gila) will try to put an end to their four-game losing streak when they host Empire (3-4, 1-0) on Friday.
No. 20 Canyon del Oro 42, No. 30 Walden Grove 21
From @NateMartTSports: Nice birthday for @cdo_football coach Dustin Peace with the Dorados winning their fourth straight game after an 0-3 start and tough RB @KaydenLuke2 rushing for four TDs in the 4A Kino opener for the Dorados and Walden Grove: https://t.co/hfR4nZVhaU
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 16, 2021
— The Dorados (4-3, 1-0 in the 4A Kino) have won four straight games, including the last two games with Ironwood Ridge transfers Kayden Luke and Chance Cassel contributing significantly on offense. CDO will travel to Pueblo (3-3, 0-0) on Friday.
— QB Caden Dawes, a junior, completed 7 of 11 passes for 185 yards with a TD.
— RB Kayden Luke, a sophomore, rushed for 169 yards on 26 carries with four TDs.
— RB Jose Alba, a sophomore, gained 68 yards on 17 carries with a TD.
— WR Chance Cassel, a sophomore, had five catches for 140 yards and a TD.
— The Red Wolves (2-4, 0-1 in the 4A Kino) will look to end their four-game losing streak hosting No. 4 Casa Grande (6-0, 1-0) on Friday.
No. 36 Pueblo 42, No. 44 Tempe 31
— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) October 16, 2021
— PUEBLO (3-3) played its last non-regional game before starting play in the 4A Kino on Friday at home against CDO (4-3, 1-0).
— QB Victor Rodriguez, a senior, completed 13 of his 26 pass attempts for 211 yards.
No. 4 Casa Grande 48, No. 42 Sahuaro 0
— The Cougars (0-5, 0-1) will host a non-region game with Buckeye Union (4-2) on Friday night.
No. 32 Empire 37, No. 46 Rio Rico 0
— Empire coach George Kelly continues with one of the best coaching performances in Southern Arizona coaching the Ravens to a 3-4 overall record and 1-0 in the 4A Gila. Empire will look to be at least at the .500 mark eight games into the season for the first time since since the Ravens started 5-3 under W.T. Jeffries in 2017 in Friday’s game at Douglas (1-4, 0-1).
— QB Miles Kinney, a senior, completed 8 of 13 passes for 172 yards with two TDs.
— RB/LB Jake Lambert, a senior, gained 155 yards on 20 carries with two TDs, and he had 20 tackles, one for loss.
— WR Hyrum Tanner, a junior, had three catches for 62 yards with a TD.
— WR Jacob Puentes, a senior, had two receptions for 61 yards.
— LB Braden Peglow, a senior, tallied 11 tackles.
— DE Michael Cosentino, a junior, had nine tackles, including two for loss (including a sack).
No. 12 Pusch Ridge 38, No. 9 Safford 14
HUGE statement win for Pusch Ridge. https://t.co/Dk7JtT6vqF
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 16, 2021
— The Lions (6-2, 2-1 in the 3A South) kept their regional title hopes alive with the significant win at Safford (6-2, 1-1). Kent Middleton’s team rebounded from a loss at Sabino with the win and now they must prepare for another 3A South juggernaut — Thatcher (6-2, 2-0) — for a game at home Friday night. A win will keep Pusch Ridge in play for a 3A South title; a loss would allow Thatcher to be in a commanding position.
— QB Ryan Fontaine, a senior, 14 of 21 passes for 121 yards with two TDs, and he rushed for 67 yards on 10 carries.
— RB Javier Grajeda, a senior, rushed 17 times for 97 yards.
— WR Bubba Mustain, a sophomore, had eight receptions for 80 yards and three TDs.
— LB Jackson Orr, a senior, recorded 14 tackles, one for loss.
— LB Tyler Mustain, a junior, tallied 12 tackles, two for loss (including a sack).
No. 14 Mesa Eastmark 45, No. 32 Sahuarita 7
— The Mustangs (1-6, 0-3 in the 3A South) play another non-region game Friday at Florence (3-5) before finishing their season Oct. 29 with a home game with 3A South opponent Sabino (5-1, 1-1).
No. 8 Benson 42, No. 3 Morenci 7
— The Bobcats (5-2, 2-1 in the 2A San Pedro) will try to extend their winning streak to three games when they play at Tombstone (3-5, 0-3) on Friday.
— RB Devin Bowling, a senior, gained 177 yards on 12 carries with two TDs.
— RB Jace Barney, a senior, rushed 13 times for 132 yards with two TDs.
— RB Tristan Martinez, a senior, had 52 yards rushing on nine carries with a TD.
— LB Ryan Francione, a senior, tallied four sacks.
No. 22 Santa Cruz 27, No. 13 Maricopa Sequoia Pathway 18
— The Dust Devils (4-4, 2-0 in the 2A Rillito) will try to remain unbeaten in region play Friday traveling to Tanque Verde (4-3, 0-1). The Hawks canceled their non-region game last week at Sabino because of COVID-19 protocol.
— RB/LB Ricardo Alaniz, a senior, gained 241 yards on 24 carries with two TDs, and he had an interception.
— QB Max Rodriguez, a junior, had 75 yards on nine rushes with a TD.
No. 41 Santa Rita 40, No. 43 Catalina 8
From @HMorenoNews: Symbolic of struggling inner-city neighborhood schools like Santa Rita & Catalina, Eagles stopped 10-game losing streak despite ending game vs. Trojans with 11 players (one of them Tyrese Linebarger, who accounted for 5 TDs). The story: https://t.co/l9FfR7W602
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 16, 2021
— The Eagles (1-5, 1-0 in the 2A Rillito) ended a 10-game losing streak dating to the 2019 season with the win over Catalina (1-7, 0-3). Tom Joseph’s team next hosts Sequoia Pathway (5-3, 2-1) in a regional game on Friday.
— WR/DB Tyrese Linebarger, a senior, scored on touchdown runs of 20, 10, 19, 50 and 39 yards.
— QB Marreil Styles, a senior, scored on an 18-yard run.
— The Trojans will host Trivium Prep in a non-region game Friday before playing their last game of the season on Oct. 29 at home against Tanque Verde in a 2A Rillito game.
No. 3 St. David 65, No. 7 Hayden 20
— St. David finished their regular season 9-1 with a 1A South title after going 6-0 in regional play. The Tigers are the No. 2 seed in the upcoming 1A state playoffs. They have a bye this week before hosting a quarterfinal game Oct. 29 against an opponent to be determined.
— QB Ryan Gooding, a junior, completed 22 of 36 passes for 358 yards with five TDs.
— RB/LG Talon Haynie, a senior, gained 236 yards on 27 carries with two TDs, and he had 13 tackles, three for loss (all sacks).
— WR/DB Cody Didion, a senior, had six catches for 83 yards and a TD, and he recorded a sack.
— WR/DB Conner Curtis, a junior, hauled in two passes for 74 yards and a TD, and he registered 11 tackles.
— WR Jake Goodman, a senior, tallied three catches for 64 yards and a TD.
— WR Jeremiah Toyota-Gill, a senior, had four receptions for 54 yards and a TD.
— LB Brayden Merrill, a senior, had 10 tackles, one for loss.
No. 6 San Manuel 60, No. 15 Baboquivari 6
— The Miners (7-1, 5-1 in the 1A South) qualified for the 1A state playoffs as an at-large team and the fifth-seeded Miners will host No. 12 Tempe Prep (5-3) on Friday in a first-round game.
— QB/DB Ralphie Valencia, a junior, completed 3 of 5 passes for 84 yards with two TDs, and he rushed three times for 105 yards with a TD. On defense, he finished with seven tackles.
— RB/LB Noah Huerta, a senior, had seven rushes for 136 yards with three TDs, and he had two interceptions.
— WR Tony Guisa Jr., a junior, produced 77 yards on two receptions, both for TDs.
— LB Isaiah Lopez, a senior, finished with 18 tackles.
— The Warriors finish their season 2-4 overall under second-year coach Pete Delgado with all the games in 1A South play after their first three games were postponed or canceled because of COVID-19 protocol.
No. 14 Duncan 30, No. 10 Valley Union 12
— The Blue Devils, 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the 1A South, qualified for the 1A state playoffs as the No. 11 seed out of 12 teams. They play in the first round Friday at No. 6 Hayden (4-3).
SATURDAY, OCT. 16
No. 34 Mountain View 46, No. 25 Flowing Wells 7
Mountain View with a big win – Flowing Wells should have a home field in November – initial AIA conference placements revealed for other sports with Football released in Dec. @MtnLionFootball @CabFootball https://t.co/3Yct03wE9G https://t.co/ySfMbSQ3rJ pic.twitter.com/OSJ8Re5bKr
— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) October 17, 2021
— The Mountain Lions (2-4, 1-0 in the 5A Southern) ended their three-game losing streak with the win at Tucson High over the Caballeros (3-4, 0-1). Matt Johnson’s team will try for a 2-0 start in region play hosting No. 1 Desert View (5-1, 0-1) on Friday.
— QB William Howell, a sophomore, completed 9 of 13 passes for 208 yards with four TDs.
— QB Josh Roman, a junior, passed for 61 yards while completing 5 of 7 passes, and he rushed for 44 yards on five carries with a TD.
— RB Tariq Booker, a junior, had 54 yards on 11 carries.
— WR Dillon Johnson, a junior, had three receptions for 80 yards and a TD.
— WR Deven Sanchez, a senior, finished with three catches for 62 yards.
— WR Dillon Arvayo, a senior, had 99 yards receiving and a TD on three catches.
— The Caballeros look to get back on track Friday at Buena (1-4, 0-0). They hope to play their first game on their home turf Nov. 5 against Cholla. Their field is undergoing renovations.
2A: No. 5 Willcox 46, No. 21 Bisbee 0
— The Cowboys (7-0, 2-0 in the 2A San Pedro) are off to their best start since beginning 10-0 in 2010 under Jim Hughes before losing their first game in the state playoffs.
BYES: Cholla, Buena, Sabino, Tanque Verde and Catalina Foothills.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22
Cesar Chavez at Tucson
Flowing Wells at Buena
Salpointe at Cholla
Nogales at Cienega
Sunnyside at Ironwood Ridge
Desert View at Mountain View
Marana at Rincon/UHS
Amphitheater at Catalina Foothills
Empire at Douglas
Canyon del Oro at Pueblo
Buckeye at Sahuaro
Casa Grande at Walden Grove
Sahuarita at Florence
Thatcher at Pusch Ridge
Safford at Sabino
PIma at Bisbee
Trivium Prep at Catalina
Willcox at Morenci
Sequoia Pathway at Santa Rita
Santa Cruz at Tanque Verde
Benson at Tombstone
1A FIRST ROUND
No. 12 Tempe Prep (5-3) at No. 5 San Manuel (7-1), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Valley Union (4-4) at No. 6 Hayden (4-3), 7 p.m.
BYE: 4A Rio Rico, 4A Mica Mountain, 1A St. David
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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