Tucson and Small Ball Previews

Preview of a huge match up this week in Tucson and a look at some small ball games as well.

Tucson Tries to Bolster Playoff Spot

A Badgers Victory will Strengthen Playoff Bid


Tucson, ArizonaThe Tucson High School Badgers (6-1, 2-1 5A Southern Region) will aim to strengthen their bid for playoff contention this Friday when they host the Salpointe Lancers (4-3, 2-1 Southern).  Tucson High currently holds the 10th spot in the Class 5A Power Rankings; Salpointe comes in at 13th.


            The Badgers hold one of the more potent offenses in Tucson, averaging 33.1 points per game.  Running backs Eric Coleman and Estevan Leyva carry the Badgers offensive attack.  The duo has rushed for over 1,000 yards combined this season, helping Tucson win three games straight after a six-point loss to Marana Mountain View.


            Salpointe touts one of Tucson's more explosive air attacks.  Spearheaded by quarterback Sean Brevaire, who has passed for 1,384 yards and nine touchdowns, the Lancers passing game is usually working in high gear.  With experienced wideouts like Evan LeBlanc and Jack Darlington, all Brevaire has to do it get the ball close to them.


            However, Salpointe is hardly one-dimensional.  The ground game is always a threat the Lancers can utilize.  Junior running back Nicholas Cole leads the team with 75 carries for 369 yards and 6 touchdowns.


            Tucson's defense will have to work overtime on the Lancers, but the Badgers can stake a claim in one of Tucson's more successful defenses.  The Badgers have only yielded 72 points through seven games this season, holding opponents to a mere average of 171 yards per game.


            This game is crucial for the playoff chances of both Salpointe and Tucson High.  The Badgers have yet to lose at home this season and this game will surely house a playoff atmosphere.


Key Players


Salpointe Catholic (4-3, 2-1)                                                      Tucson Badgers (6-1, 2-1)


QB Sean Brevaire                                                RBs Estevan Leyva and Eric Coleman

1,384 passing yards; 9 TDs/4 INTs                               Over 1,000 rushing yards combined


WRs Jack Darlington and Evan LeBlanc                                                  Badgers Defense

1,050 rec. yards and 7 TDs combined                                              Must contain air attack


Written by: afireinside




Clifton at Pima 7:00 pm


Pima hosts Clifton for their homecoming game. Like Pima needed any extra incentive to win. If they do they will finish the season undefeated and be on the road to another championship game.


Pima should easily coast through this game, unless Coach Bryant plays the younger kids. Clifton started the season hot but was decimated with injuries that won't even let them be in this game.


Prediction: Pima 46 Clifton 0


Morenci at Thatcher (at Eastern Arizona College)


Thatcher can't get caught looking ahead to their big showdown next week with San Manuel. This is Thatcher's homecoming, but that doesn't matter with a game Morenci Wildcat team coming off the hill, with playoffs on their minds.


Morenci could really put a wrench in the situation if they could upset the untested Eagles. However, the three headed monster of Thatcher will prevail.


Prediction: Thatcher 56 Morenci 6


Rio Rico at Safford


The third Gila Valley homecoming game will be a must win for the Safford Bulldogs. After their 34-14 loss to Willcox last week, the Dogs need to win out to make the playoffs and also need some help from team in front of them.


The Dogs will be nursing some fairly major injuries to starting fullback Brannon Maldanado (ankle) and Mike McHugh (head). Even so, the Hawks should be no match for the Dogs.


Prediction: Safford 38 Rio Rico 12


Written by: AZHoopsfan

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