Football regions and schedules released

Photo By Stan Bonifacio: Thatcher running back Gavin Bryce scrambles for yardage against Safford in last year’s rivalry game. This year, both teams will be in the same region and the rivalry game will be the second to last regular game of the season.

Safford welcomes Thatcher into 3A South

By Jon Johnson

PHOENIX – With the lawsuit regarding moving schools up a division dismissed, the Arizona Interscholastic Association has released the regions for football for the 2020 season and some schedules.

3A South

Safford (8-3) was the top of the pack last year going unbeaten in the region and was the regular-season champs. The Bulldogs remain in the 3A South, followed by Sabino (8-4), Pusch Ridge (5-5), and Sahuarita (5-5). Joining the group this year will be Thatcher (8-5 in 2A last year). After winning three state titles in the last four years, the Thatcher Eagles have been moved up to 3A. The Eagles beat the Bulldogs last year, 14-0.

Safford Bulldogs Schedule (Tentative)

L. Scott Bennett File Photo/Gila Herald: Safford quarterback Mason Duros looks for an open receiver against Show Low last year.

Aug. 21 @ Payson

Aug. 28 @ Empire

Sept. 4 Bisbee

Sept. 11 Bye

Sept. 18 @ Douglas

Sept. 25 Pueblo

Oct. 2 @ Sahuarita

Oct. 9 Sabino

Oct. 16 San Tan Foothills

Oct. 23 Thatcher

Oct. 30 @ Pusch Ridge

Thatcher Eagles Schedule (Tentative)

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Mark Wren holds the rivalry Open Loop Energy Trophy. Who will take home the trophy this year?

Aug. 21 Bye

Aug. 28 Snowflake

Sept. 4 @Pima

Sept. 11 @Douglas

Sept. 18 Empire

Sept. 25 Benson

Oct. 2 @ Eastmark

Oct. 9 @ Sahuarita

Oct. 16 Pusch Ridge

Oct. 23 @ Safford

Oct. 30 Sabino

2A San Pedro

Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: Senior quarterback Brandon Blair called his number from time to timed during last year’s contest between Morenci and Pima, picking up yardage and scoring on a second-quarter conversion run and on a fourth-quarter run. The teams both join the 2A San Pedro Region this year.

Benson (8-4) heads up the 2A San Pedro Region, followed by Bisbee (8-3), Morenci (4-7), Willcox (5-5), Pima (3-6), and Tombstone (2-8).

1A South

Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: Fort Thomas senior quarterback Todd Stringfellow (15) eluded Duncan defender Tommy Hille as he looked to find a receiver during last year’s contest. The two teams finished at the top of the region and will battle each other again for supremacy this year.

Duncan (7-3) heads up the 1A South, followed by Fort Thomas (6-5), St. David (5-4), Baboquivari (4-4), Valley Union (1-8), and Cibecue (0-8).  

Schedules have yet to be released. This post will update when they are.

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