Tucson Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls look to fix early mistakes in home opener

The Sugar Skulls went 4-3 at home in 2021.

The Tucson Sugar Skulls are looking to shake off a 56-34 road loss to the Frisco Fighters last Friday when it takes on the San Diego Strike Force tomorrow in its home opener of the 2022 season. 

Frisco outscored Tucson 22-0 in the first quarter last week, and although the Sugar Skulls were able to close the gap to 35-28 in the third quarter, the Fighters reclaimed a 49-28 to end the third quarter before going on to win.

“What happened is we had probably had the worst start in football history,” Tucson head coach Dixie Wooten said on the Fox Sports 1450 Eye on the Ball radio show. “…We started out 21 nothing from the get-go, so the thing that we tell our guys now is, we can’t start slow because that will kill us at the end of the game.” 

Tucson opened the season on the road, beating the Vegas Knight Hawks 48-39 in Henderson, Nevada.

The Sugar Skulls went 4-3 at home last season and finished with a 6-8 overall record, narrowly missing the playoffs.

Two-time Indoor Football League MVP quarterback Daquan Neal, who played for Wooten when he was head coach of the Iowa Barnstormers, will make his first start at home in a Sugar Skulls uniform.

The Sugar Skulls (1-1) play tomorrow against the San Diego Strike Force (0-3) at Tucson Arena. Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood. Murphy is a journalist product manager with the Green Valley News & the Sahuarita Sun. He is currently attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.

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