Football Opening Week: Sabino to host Sahuaro


University of Arizona commit Drew Dixon (Andy Morales/

University of Arizona commit Drew Dixon (Andy Morales/

The 2016 high school football season starts next Thursday night, Aug. 18, with Sabino hosting longtime rival Sahuaro and 12 more games involving teams from Southern Arizona will take place the next night.

Sabino comes in ranked No. 2 in the 3A Conference while Sahuaro is competing in the 5A Conference. More on this game and the rest of the schedule in the next few days.

All games set for 7 p.m. Favored team in bold.

Thursday, Aug. 18
Sahuaro Cougars at (2) Sabino Sabercats

Friday, Aug. 19
(10) Valley Union Blue Devils at (1) Bagdad Sultans
Marana Tigers at (7) Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks
Sunnyside Blue Devils at Nogales Apaches
Tanque Verde Hawks at Palo Verde Titans
Rincon/University Rangers at Pueblo Warriors
(10) San Tan Foothills Sabercats at San Manuel Miners
Florence Gophers at Santa Rita Eagles
Ray Bearcats at (3) St. David Tigers
(5) Salpointe Lancers at St. Mary’s Knights
Baboquivari Warriors at (8) Trivium Prep Crimson Knights
Buena Colts at Tucson Badgers
(6) Thatcher Eagles at Willcox Cowboys Preseason Rankings

1. Hamilton
2. Desert Ridge
3. Mountain Pointe
4. Chandler.
5. Pinnacle
6. Brophy Prep
7. Skyline
8: Basha
9. Desert Vista
10. Westview

1: Desert Edge
2. Centennial
3. Chaparral
4. Paradise Valley
5. Williams Field
6. Queen Creek
7. Ironwood Ridge
8. Sunnyslope
9. Verrado
10. Cienega

1. Saguaro
2. Marcos de Niza:
3. Sunrise Mountain
4. Catalina Foothills
5. Salpointe
6. Casa Grande
7. Bradshaw Mountain
8. Canyon Del Oro
9. Estrella Foothills
10. Mingus Union

1. Snowflake
2. Sabino
3. Show Low
4. Northwest Christian
5. Pusch Ridge
6. River Valley
7. American Leadership
8. Yuma Catholic
9. Blue Ridge
10. Payson

1. Round Valley
2. Santa Cruz
3. Benson
4. Tempe Prep
5. Scottsdale Christian
6. Thatcher
7. Paradise Honors
8. Phoenix Christian
9. Tonopah Valley
10. San Tan Foothills

1. Bagdad
2. Superior
3. St. David
4. Williams
5. Mogollon
6. Salome
7. NFL Yet
8. Trivium Prep
9. Joseph City
10. Valley Union

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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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