FOOTBALL: Tucson to clash with Desert Ridge


Justin Argraves faces a big test this Friday night (Andy Morales/

Justin Argraves faces a big test this Friday night (Andy Morales/

Desert Ridge (0-1) at Tucson (2-0)

Tucson High made the jump to the 6A Conference in this year and the Badgers have responded well with back-to-back wins in the conference by a combined 89-2 scoring margin. Tucson opened up with a 61-2 win over Buena (0-2) on Aug. 18 and a 28-0 win at Mountain Ridge (0-1) last Friday.

Meanwhile, Desert Ridge traveled to Norco, California last week and the Jaguars came away with a 14-10 loss. Desert Ridge finished 11-3 last year, ultimately losing to Centennial in the Division II state championship game. In fact, the Jaguars have won 11 games four years in a row and at least 10 games since 2010.

Senior QB C.J. Fowler returns for the Jaguars along with most his weapons from last year and Jorge Flores returns for his senior season to help lead the Badgers.

In many ways, this will be the first test for both teams. Desert Ridge struggled with five sacks last week and uneven play while Tucson has played two teams that have combined for three wins over the last two years.

Here are my personal rankings after Week One. Base point was the Sollenberger Preseason Rankings. The initial AIA/MaxPreps rankings will come out on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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

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

1. Saguaro
2. Marcos de Niza
3. Sunrise Mountain
4. Catalina Foothills
5. Salpointe
6. Casa Grande
7. Canyon Del Oro
8. Cactus
9. Dysart
10. Cactus Shadows

1. Sabino
2. Snowflake
3. Show Low
4. Northwest Christian
5. River Valley
6. American Leadership
7. Casteel
8. Safford
9. Florence
10. Yuma Catholic

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

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

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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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