Cienega’s Jamarye Joiner offered by Arizona plus our Pigskin Preview


Jamarye Joiner (Andy Morales/

Jamarye Joiner (Andy Morales/

Jamarye Joiner was our 2014 Freshman of the Year when he was at Salpointe. He was also named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Team that year and he earned a spot at the Adidas Freshman All-American Bowl.

Joiner never played another down for the Lancers and was dismissed from the school twice in one year for confidential administrative reasons. After sitting out the 2015 season, Joiner found a home at Cienega and he helped lead the Bobcats to a 52-20 win over Marana on Friday night.

Joiner had 191 yards rushing on only eight carries against Marana and he collected 131 yards passing.
The Bobcats were 4-6 last year and Salpointe was 5-5. Both of the power programs failed to make the state playoffs but that will change this year. The Lancers are off to a 2-0 start and will benefit from a week off before hosting Tucson High (2-0) on Friday, Sept. 9 while Cienega (1-0) will visit Shadow Ridge (0-2) this Friday.

Circle Sept. 30 on your calendar because that Friday night is sure to be a media circus with Cienega traveling to Salpointe. caught up with Joiner at the Rich Rodriguez 7-on-7 camp this past summer to get the first glimpse of the standout with his Cienega gear on. His presence on the Cienega roster made it a no-brainer to include the Bobcats on my preseason Top-10 team.

Joiner made a visit to the University of Arizona on June 5 and he was officially offered by the Wildcats on Saturday (Aug. 27) afternoon.

Joiner told that he is going to wait a bit before committing but he is obviously on a new level physically and emotionally.

“It’s just comforting that I’m back and have a good support system,” Joiner said. “Things are looking good we are very confident about this season.”

A probable at a few positions, Joiner was offered at the QB position by Arizona. After Sabino senior standout, and Arizona commit, Drew Dixon, Joiner appears to be the next big recruit out of Southern Arizona.

Drew Dixon with several of his Sabino teammates at the Rich Rodriguez 7-on- Camp/Andy Morales/

Drew Dixon with several of his Sabino teammates at the Rich Rodriguez 7-on- Camp/Andy Morales/



I am now 30-9 on my picks for the year and this is how I see the games coming out this Friday night. My favored teams are in BOLD. Ironwood Ridge and Tucson are the best bets for teams reaching 3-0:

Friday, Sept. 2
Duncan Wildkats (1-0) at Baboquivari Warriors (1-1)
Morenci Wildcats (1-0) at Benson Bobcats (0-1)
Apache Junction Prospectors (0-1) at Canyon Del Oro Dorados (1-0)
Benjamin Franklin Chargers (1-1) at Catalina Trojans (0-1)
Douglas Bulldogs (1-0) at Cholla Chargers (0-1)
Santa Cruz Dust Devil (1-0) at Coolidge Bears (1-1)
Casteel Colts (2-0) at Empire Ravens (0-1)
Sahuarita Mustangs (0-1) at Florence Gophers (2-0)
Amphitheater Panthers (1-0) at Flowing Wells Caballeros (1-0)
Nogales Apaches (1-0) at Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks (2-0)
Desert View Jaguars (1-0) at Maricopa Rams (2-0)
Buena Colts (0-2) at Sunnyside Blue Devils (1-1)
Marana Tigers (0-2) at McClintock Chargers (1-0)
St. David Tigers (1-0) at Mogollon Mustangs (1-0)
Glendale Cardinals (1-0) at Palo Verde Titans (1-1)
Bisbee Pumas (0-1) at Pima Roughriders (2-0)
Walden Grove Red Wolves (1-0) at Pusch Ridge Lions (0-1)
Mountain View Mountain Lions (0-1) at Rincon/University Rangers (0-2)
Cortez Colts (1-1) at Rio Rico Hawks (0-1)
American Leadership Patriots (2-0) at Sabino Sabercats (1-0)
Thatcher Eagles (2-0) at Safford Bulldogs (2-0)
Catalina Foothills Falcons (1-0) at Saguaro Sabercats (2-0)
Queen Creek Bulldogs (1-1) at Sahuaro Cougars (0-1)
Tombstone Yellow Jackets (1-0) at San Carlos Braves (0-1)
Cienega Bobcats (1-0) at Shadow Ridge Stallions (0-2)
Willcox Cowboys (0-2) at Tanque Verde Hawks (1-1)
Patagonia Lobos (0-1) at Telesis Preparatory Tigers
Desert Ridge Jaguars (0-1) at Tucson Badgers (2-0)
San Manuel Miners (0-2) at Veritas Prep Falcons (1-0)
Santa Rita (0-2) BYE
Salpointe (2-0) BYE
Valley Union (1-1) BYE
Pueblo (0-1) BYE

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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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