FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Salpointe (0-1) at Anthem Boulder Creek (1-0), 7 p.m.
The Lancers need this game to draw even before hosting Basha next week and then traveling to Cienega. They lost at Scottsdale Chaparral 23-20 in overtime last week while Boulder Creek defeated Phoenix North 42-13. Boulder Creek was 5-5 last season.
Marana (1-0) at Buena (1-0), 7 p.m.
Big win over Mountain View for Marana. Win this and the Tigers will have a week off to prepare for Canyon del Oro with a 2-0 record. The Colts have a favorable opening schedule but the second half of the year is tough.
Sunnyside (1-0) at Scottsdale Cactus Shadows (0-1), 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils will be on the road until Oct. 7 because of the installation of a synthetic turf field. A 4-0 record at that point would be a bonus.
Flowing Wells (1-0) at Phoenix Paradise Valley (0-1), 7 p.m.
The Caballeros can open up 2-0 for the first time since the 8-3 playoff team of 2018 — of which new coach Brian Hook was the offensive coordinator. Mark Brunenkant coached that team and has now returned as the defensive coordinator.
Mountain View (0-1) at Gilbert Higley (1-0), 7 p.m.
A great opportunity to even up the record for the Mountain Lions although the Knights did just beat Poston Butte in a 50-43 battle.
Ironwood Ridge (0-1) at Gilbert Campo Verde (1-0), 7 p.m.
The Nighthawks need to win this one with a bye coming after that.
Tucson (1-0) at Mesa Skyline (1-0), 7 p.m.
The Badgers have an excellent chance to go 2-0 for the first time since 2018 when they won their first five games under Justin Argraves.
Desert View (0-1) at Surprise Willow Canyon (1-0), 7 p.m.
The Jaguars will travel to Surprise to take on the Wildcats with a game against CDO coming next week. No rest.
Glendale Copper Canyon (0-0) at Rincon/UHS (0-1), 7 p.m.
This game could be very close for the Rangers’ home opener. Copper Canyon is coming off a 47-0 loss to Phoenix South Mountain, which is coached by Arizona great Byron Evans.
Cholla (0-1) at Sahuarita (0-1), 7 p.m.
Cholla can score. Both teams will be hoping to come out with their first win.
Pueblo (1-0) at Safford (1-2), 7 p.m.
Safford already has three games in. Good road trip for Pueblo, which is coming off a 42-20 season-opening win over Cholla. Tune in to the game by clicking here — a live broadcast by KATO Sports. Broadcaster Lee Patterson is an Arizona grad who has a long tenure of broadcasting games in Eastern Arizona.
Sahuaro (1-0) at Sabino (2-0), 7 p.m.
The programs are 2-2 against each other in the last four games with Sabino taking the last two games. The Sabercats have won five of the last seven games in this series.
Phoenix Greenway (0-1) at Walden Grove (0-1), 7 p.m.
The Red Wolves have a perfect opportunity to go even on their schedule coming off a loss against a very good CDO team. Greenway lost 51-7 against Phoenix Sunnyslope.
Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain (0-0) at Mica Mountain (1-0), 7 p.m.
The Bears knocked Mica Mountain out of playoff contention last year.
Pusch Ridge (3-0) at Catalina Foothills (0-1), 7 p.m.
The Lions beat Catalina Foothills at home last year. The is be the fourth game of the year for Pusch Ridge and the Falcons have possibly the most difficult opening five games in the state also playing at Mica Mountain, at home against Tucson High and at CDO.
Tanque Verde (1-1) at Pima (1-1), 7 p.m.
Both teams need this win to stay ahead early. Jay Dobyns’ team is coming off an impressive 44-0 win over Valley Lutheran.
Catalina (0-2) at Phoenix Cortez (1-1), 7 p.m.
The Trojans are looking for their first points of the year after losing 28-0 to San Pasqual and 60-0 to Palo Verde.
Benson (2-1) at Bisbee (1-1), 7 p.m.
One would think these two programs have more than 100 years of games played against each other but Benson played 6-man football for many years, winning back-to-back state championships in 1954 and 1955. Willcox, Marana and Tombstone joined Benson in 11-man football in 1956. It is believed the two programs played for the first time in 1982 to a 6-6 tie.
Palo Verde (2-2) at Santa Rita (0-3), forfeit
Santa Rita has forfeited this matchup because of a lack of eligible players.
Globe (1-1) at Tombstone (0-2), 7 p.m.
Tombstone is going for the first win of the year against a Globe team that beat Santa Rita 40-0 in three quarters two weeks ago.
Maricopa Sequoia Pathway (1-0) at Willcox (2-0), 7 p.m.
A long trip for Pumas to Willcox. The Cowboys are looking to keep their unbeaten push alive behind running backs Ayden Fuentes and Cristian Pando.
St. David (3-0) at Duncan (1-2), 7 p.m.
The Tigers are looking at 4-0.
Bullhead City Mohave Accelerated (1-2) at San Manuel (2-1), 7 p.m.
Another long 8-man road trip. San Manuel won 50-46 last year.
Valley Union (0-3) at Baboquivari (1-2), 7 p.m.
Valley Union won this meeting last year at home.
BYES: Cienega (1-0), Canyon del Oro (1-0), Douglas (1-0), Empire (1-0), Rio Rico (1-0), Amphitheater (0-1).
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