Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: Cesar Contreras scored twice for Duncan and averaged 5.5 (25-137) yards per carry against Fort Thomas in a game last year. The AIA announced schools can start practicing for fall sports Aug. 17 and has released an updated football schedule.
By Jon Johnson
PHOENIX – While we may still not know exactly how the fall high school sports season will look, the Arizona Interscholastic Association has stated when it will begin.
The AIA released a statement Thursday after a press conference by Governor Doug Ducey and announced that since the start of in-person school has not changed from Aug. 17, the AIA’s fall season will move forward as scheduled with Aug. 17 being the first day of practice.
The following is the latest football schedules listed by the AIA.
Safford Bulldogs – 3A South
Aug. 21 @ Payson Longhors; Aug. 28 @ (Tucson) Empire Ravens; Sept. 4 versus Bisbee Pumas; Sept. 18 @ Douglas Bulldogs; Sept. 25 versus (Tucson) Pueblo Magnet Warriors; Oct. 2 @ Sahuarita Mustangs; Oct. 9 versus Sabino Sabercats; Oct. 16 versus San Tan Foothills; Oct. 23 versus Thatcher Eagles; Oct. 30 @ Pusch Ridge Lions
Thatcher Eagles – 3A South
Aug. 28 versus Snowflake Lobos; Sept. 4 @ Pima Roughriders; Sept. 11 @ Douglas Bulldogs; Sept. 18 versus (Tucson) Empire Ravens; Sept. 25 versus Benson Bobcats; Oct. 2 @ Eastmark Firebirds; Oct. 9 @ Sahuarita Mustangs; Oct. 16 versus (Tucson) Pusch Ridge Lions; Oct. 23 @ Safford Bulldogs; Oct. 30 versus Sabino Sabercats
Pima Roughriders – 2A San Pedro
Aug. 21 @ (Tucson) Tanque Verde Hawks; Aug. 28 @ Veritas Prep Falcons; Sept. 4 versus Thatcher Eagles; Sept. 11 versus Arizona Lutheran Coyotes; Sept. 25 versus San Tan Charter; Oct. 2 @ Benson Bobcats; Oct. 9 versus Willcox Cowboys; Oct. 16 @ Tombstone Yellow Jackets; Oct. 23 @ Bisbee Pumas; Oct. 30 versus Morenci Wildcats
Morenci Wildcats – 2A San Pedro
Aug. 21 versus Miami Vandals; Aug. 28 @ Globe Tigers; Sept. 18 versus (Tucson) Tanque Verde Hawks; Sept. 25 versus Bisbee Pumas; Oct. 2 versus (Bayard, New Mexico) Cobre; Oct. 9 @ Tombstone Yellow Jackets; Oct. 16 @ Benson Bobcats; Oct. 23 versus Willcox Cowboys; Oct. 30 @ Pima Roughriders
Duncan Wildkats – 1A South
Aug. 21 @ Ray Bearcats; Aug. 28 versus Cibecue Wildcats; Sept. 4 versus Baboquivari Warriors; Sept. 11 versus Superior Panthers; Sept. 25 @ San Manuel Miners; Oct. 2 @ Fort Thomas Apaches; Oct. 9 @ St. David Tigers; Oct. 16 versus Valley Union Blue Devils
Fort Thomas Apaches – 1A South
Aug. 21 @Cicero Prep; Aug. 29 versus Fredonia Lynx; Sept. 4 versus Ray Bearcats; Sept. 11 versus Baboquivari Warriors; Sept. 18 @ Joseph City Wildcats; Sept. 25 versus Valley Union Blue Devils; Oct. 2 versus Duncan Wildkats; Oct. 8 @ Cibecue Wildcats; Oct. 16 @ St. David Tigers