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Section II
Catalina (0-1)
Douglas (0-1)
Pueblo (0-1)
Thatcher (0-1)
Empire (0-1)
Santa Rita (0-1)
Palo Verde (0-2)

Catalina ran into a charging Desert View (2-0) squad Friday but things might get a bit more even with a trip to Cholla (1-0) this week. Cholla had their way with Rincon/UHS on Friday but this should be a better match for both teams.

Douglas fell to Bisbee 46-19 and things will not get easier when the Bulldogs host Flowing Wells this week. Can they keep Dionte Flores under 200 yards?

Pueblo was a few extra points and one break away from beating Catalina Foothills on Friday but they can put all of that behind them when Marana (1-0) comes visiting this week.

Thatcher lost their rivalry game against Safford but the Eagles need to move on because a trip to semi-rival Morenci (1-0) is next.

Empire dropped an overtime thriller to Walden Grove (1-0) and the Ravens will be tested again when they visit the powerful Benson (1-0) squad this week.

Santa Rita travels to Desert View this week. This one could get out of hand early and expect the stands to be packed with Jaguar fans.

Palo Verde has been outscored 7-94 in their two losses. The Titans look to get some relief when they travel to Rincon/UHS this week.

Section VI
Flowing Wells (2-0)
Walden Grove (1-0)
Rio Rico (1-1)
Cholla (1-0)
Pusch Ridge (0-1)
Sahuarita (0-2)
Amphitheater (0-2)

Flowing Wells has been here before. The Caballeros need to stay healthy against Douglas to be ready for Pueblo.

Walden Grove got that overtime win and the Red Wolves will host Lakeside Blue Ridge (1-0) this week. Blue Ridge defeated St. John’s 8-6.

Rio Rico has won big and lost big. The Hawks will host Tombstone (0-0) this week.

Cholla looks to improve to 2-0 on the year when they host Catalina. The Chargers could be 3-0 when they face Sahuarita.

Pusch Ridge has the misfortune of playing both Benson and Bisbee (1-0) to start the season off. At least the Bisbee game will be at home.

Sahuarita is probably the best 0-2 team in the state if not the west. The Mustangs took two D-II teams the wire and will now face D-III power Nogales (2-0) at Nogales. You know you are good when upper-division teams celebrate when they beat you.

Amphitheater looks to get some relief when they travel to Casa Grande in two weeks. The week off will help the Panthers get back on track.






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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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