Football Notes, Tucson Top 20, Media Ballot & Schedule

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Dylan Greenberg (Kentucky)

Dylan Greenberg (Kentucky)

Football Notes

Former Salpointe lineman Dylan Greenberg (2013) became the first player from Salpointe to take a snap for an SEC team last year and he became the first Lancer to play for an SEC team on scholarship when Kentucky awarded him one prior to his senior season.

Cienega is now 4-0 after only going 4-6 last year. Actually, the Bobcats are on a seven game win streak if you go back to last year.

Buena has lost 15 games in a row.

Eloy Santa Cruz has seven state championships to its name but the last one came in 1990. The Dust Devils went 9-3 last year and the team is 4-0 this year. Santa Cruz has produced four NFL athletes:

Mossy Cade, Texas: Packers (1985-86)
Levi Jones, Arizona State: Bengals, Redskins (2002-09)
Art Malone, Arizona State: Falcons, Eagles (1970-76)
Ben Malone, Arizona State: Dolphins, Redskins (1974-79)

It looks like Tucson might be in the driver’s seat for the 6A Southern Region playoff game. The Badgers (3-2) have Sunnyside (2-3) and Rincon/UHS (1-4) to contend with. The winner of those three teams will take on either Yuma Kofa (4-1) or Yuma Cibola (3-2) in the last week of the season to determine the Southern Region champion.

Desert View (4-0) has been here before. The Jaguars were 3-0 last year but those wins were against teams that went on to finish a combined 6-24. Desert View finished the year 4-6. The four wins for this year have gone against teams with a combined 7-11 record. The Jaguars will need to win at least three more games to make the state playoffs this year so their game against Sunnyside (2-3) on Friday will technically be a playoff game (for both teams).

Sabino may end the regular season with a 9-1 record but there may not be enough power points in the 3A South Region to give them the top spot in the playoffs. The Sabercats may not even make the top three. The South Region and the Metro Region appear to be the weakest regions in the conference.

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)

My Media Ballot

The initial AIA/MaxPreps rankings will come out on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

6A
1) Mountain Pointe 2) Desert Ridge 3) Brophy Prep 4) Hamilton 5) Skyline 6) Westview 7) Perry 8) Chandler 9) Horizon 10) Dobson

5A
1) Desert Edge 2) Centennial 3) Ironwood Ridge 4) Williams Field 5) Cienega 6) Queen Creek 7) Mesquite 8) Notre Dame 9) Marana Mountain View 10) Kellis

4A
1) Saguaro 2) Marcos de Niza 3) Sunrise Mountain 4) Catalina Foothills 5) Dysart 6) Salpointe 7) Canyon Del Oro 8) Higley 9) Cactus 10) Flagstaff

3A
1) Sabino 2) Snowflake 3) Show Low 4) Casteel 5) American Leadership 6) Florence 7) Pusch Ridge 8) Northwest Christian 9) Benjamin Franklin 10) River Valley

2A
1) Round Valley 2) Santa Cruz 3) Thatcher 4) Tempe Prep 5) Pima 6) Benson 7) Chandler Prep 8) St. Johns 9) Scottsdale Christian 10) Tombstone

1A
1) Bagdad 2) Superior 3) St. David 4) NFL Yet 5) Joseph City 6) Williams 7) Mogollon 8) Valley Union 9) Mayer 10) Hayden

Southern Arizona Schedule

Sept. 23
Rincon/UHS (1-4) vs. Palo Verde (2-3)
Sunnyside (2-3) at Desert View (4-0)
Tucson (3-2) at Cienega (4-0)
Cholla (1-3) at Sahuaro (0-4)
Flowing Wells (2-2) at Deming, NM (0-4)
Marana (2-2) vs. Canyon del Oro (3-1)
Buena (0-4) vs. Douglas (2-2)
Ironwood Ridge (4-0) at Queen Creek (4-1)
Mountain View (4-1) vs. Poston Butte (3-1)
Catalina Foothills (3-1) vs. Pusch Ridge (3-1)
Nogales (2-2) vs. Rio Rico (2-2)
Salpointe (3-1) at Pueblo (3-1)
Walden Grove (2-2) vs. Amphitheater (2-2)
Catalina (0-4) vs. Tanque Verde (1-4)
Empire (0-4) vs. Sahuarita (1-3)
Sabino (4-1) at Santa Rita (1-3)
Safford (2-3) vs. Florence (5-0)
Thatcher (4-1) at Pima (5-0)
Benson (3-1) vs. Mohave Accelerated (0-4)
Bisbee (2-2) vs. Scottsdale Christian (4-1)
San Manuel (0-5) at Tombstone (3-1)
Duncan (2-2) at Ray (3-2)
Baboquivari (1-4) at Greyhills (1-4)
Patagonia (1-2) at St. David (3-1)
Valley Union (3-1) at Trivium Prep (2-3)
Santa Cruz (4-0) Bye week
Willcox (2-3) Bye week

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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 AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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