At Amphi, the Panthers wanted to show that running back Tony Villa could hang with Flowing Wells’ Dionte Flores, one of the state’s top rushers, and he did. Villa ran for 100 yards to help Amphi (2-1) win its first game of the season.
Cienega High School works on the two-minute drill every Wednesday at the end of practice.
At Tanque Verde, San Carlos (2-1) was able to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by Tanque Verde, handing the Hawks (2-1) their first loss of the season. Tanque Verde star RB Benito Pimienta left the game due to injury.
At Tucson High School, Bryce Coleman took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and the Badgers (2-1) never looked back. The sophomore running back ended the night with three touchdowns as Tucson put up more than 50 points for the second straight week.
Salpointe’s Cameron Denson slips a tackle attempt by Juan Avalos in the first quarter. Denson caught nine passes for 156 yards and had scoring receptions of 22, 30 and 33 yards in the Lancers’ shutout victory.
At Poston Butte, after spotting the Broncos 14 early points on a pair of turnovers, Marana (1-2) took the lead 26-20 in the fourth quarter before allowing Poston Butte to tie the game with a 76-yard TD pass with 1:34 remaining. Marana then lost in OT.
At Rio Rico, the Hawks slugged it out against Pueblo before pouncing in the second half. Rio Rico scored all its points in the final two quarters, and is off to the first 3-0 start in program history. Pueblo falls to 1-2.
At Desert View, the Jaguars (1-2) climbed into the win column, scoring 37 points in the second half. After a lackluster first half, Desert View relied on its smash-mouth run game to seize the win over Kofa (0-3).
At Rincon, Joe Lewis ran for two second-half touchdowns, and the Titans (3-0) overcame a late turnover to remain unbeaten. The Rangers (0-3) cut the lead to 20-13 in the fourth, but Lewis scored from 9 yards out to help Palo Verde to its first 3-0 start since 2008.
Both Matt Johnson and Dusty Peace have been coaches in Oro Valley long enough to appreciate the magnitude of its “Super Bowl,” the annual early-season matchup between Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro.
At Sahuaro, the Cougars (2-1) struck early and often, converting TDs on four of their first six plays to dispatch the visiting Spartans (1-2). Cougars receiver Cole Sterns caught TD passes of 35 and 85 yards.
At Mountain View, Corbin Gouby and the Mountain Lions (2-1) suffered their first loss against the Wildcats (2-1). The defensive slugfest had a bizarre ending due to clock stoppage technicalities on Mesquite’s game-winning field goal to end the game.
At Catalina, the Trojans were looking for their first win of the season, but Sahuarita’s steady rushing attack and a strong performance from Calvin Jenkins prevented that from happening. Sahuarita walks away 3-1 while Catalina falls to 0-3.
At Santa Rita, the Eagles (3-0) beat the Chargers (1-2) to notch their first 3-0 start since 2008. Santa Rita featured a balanced offensive attack, throwing for 182 yards and running for 209.
All caps indicates the Star’s pick to win.
At Foothills, the Falcons (2-0) cruised behind Ty Cruz on Friday night, as the senior running back dashed for 219 yards and five touchdowns on the way to a blowout victory over the visiting Red Wolves (0-2).
At Apollo, in a rematch from last year’s Division II state quarterfinals, the Apollo Hawks (1-1) were able to avenge their loss to the defending Division II champion Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks (2-1) with a back-and-forth 35-28 victory filled with plenty of momentum swings.
At Palo Verde, the Titans (2-0) gave Todd Mayfield a win in his first home game back as coach. Senior running back Joe Lewis accounted for 207 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Titans in a close win over Catalina.
The Caballeros (0-2) had the hot hand running the ball in the first half, but Apache Junction rattled off four second-half touchdowns and held on to win.