Cienega moves to 4-0 plus updated Tucson Top 20


Jamarye Joiner is a key element in Cienega's resurgence. (Andy Morales/

Jamarye Joiner is a key element in Cienega’s resurgence. (Andy Morales/


….Cienega went 4-6 last year and missed the state playoffs. Watching other teams play in the postseason was territory the power-program was not used to but that nightmare appears to be over thanks, in part, to a 42-0 win over Flowing Wells Friday night because that win gave the Bobcats a 4-0 record. Going back to last year, the Bobcats have won seven in a row.

The magic number of wins to make the playoffs appears to be seven for the 5A Conference. Every team that reached that mark in the old D-II alignment made the playoffs last year. One team squeaked in with a 4-6 record but seven is the safe bet.

Flowing Wells, on the other hand, finished 9-2 last year with the two losses coming to eventual D-IV state champion Pusch Ridge and state runner-up Northwest Christian. It was simply a dream season for the Caballeros but the program has been moved to the 5A Conference this year. Still, Flowing Wells (2-2) is in the Sonoran Region which consists of Cholla (1-4), Marana (2-2), Poston Butte (3-1) and Desert View (4-0). That region remains wide open although Desert View has become the early favorite…..

Jose Suarez (25) led all rushers with 55 yards (Andy Morales/

Jose Suarez (25) led all rushers with 55 yards (Andy Morales/


Tucson Top Twenty
1: Ironwood Ridge (4-0)
2: Sabino (3-1)
3: Cienega (4-0)
4: Catalina Foothills (3-1)
5: Salpointe (3-1, lost to Tucson)
6: Mountain View (3-1, lost to Salpointe)
7: Tucson (3-2, lost to Mountain View)
8: Canyon del Oro (3-1)
9: Desert View (4-0)
10: Marana (2-2)
11: Pueblo (3-1)
12: Pusch Ridge (3-1)
13: Amphitheater (2-2)
14: Thatcher (4-1)
15: Sunnyside (2-3)
16: Flowing Wells (2-2)
17: Walden Grove (2-2)
18: Santa Cruz (4-0)
19: Benson (3-1)
20: Tombstone (2-1)

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