Morenci and Pima continue to march toward season finale

Photo By Steve Carter: Wyatt Wiltbank breaks one around the corner for a score. Pima defeated San Carlos 54-0.

By Jon Johnson

MORENCI/PIMA –  The undefeated No. 1-ranked Morenci Wildcats and the No. 2-ranked Pima Roughriders continue their dance toward destiny and the teams’ final regular season game against each other on Oct. 28.

Both teams opened region play on Friday with big shutout victories.  

Morenci (1-0 region, 6-0 overall) easily dispatched Globe 56-0 for the Wildcats’ second straight 56-0 game and fourth shutout this year.

Photo By Steve Carter: Hayden Blair finds some room to run.

For the season, Morenci has scored 251 points while only allowing 20 (14 of them in the Willcox game alone.)

Morenci will hit the road for the next three weeks as it takes on region foes San Tan Charter (1-0 region, 5-1 overall) on Oct. 7; Miami (0-1 region, 4-2 overall) on Oct. 14, and San Carlos (0-1 region, 1-4 overall) on Oct. 21. The Wildcats will then finish the regular season with a game against Pima, which could decide the 2A Salt Region Champions.  

Photo By Steve Carter: Josdan Thompson (56) chases down San Carlos Brave Diego Mendoza (10).

In Pima, the Roughriders (1-0 region, 5-1 overall) continued their dominance over the 2A landscape with a 54-0 victory over the visiting San Carlos Braves. The win is Pima’s third shutout of the year.  

The Roughriders have scored 207 points compared to giving up 43 (19 of them in the loss to number 1 in 3A Thatcher, its lowest offensive output of the season.)

Photo By Steve Carter: Pima QB Seth Russell lets one fly Friday night.

Pima will head out to Globe next Friday, Oct. 7, before having two home games – San Tan Charter (Oct. 14) and Miami (Oct. 21). The Roughriders will then finish the regular season climbing The Hill in Morenci on Oct. 28 – possibly for the 2A Salt Region Championship. 

Photo By Steve Carter: The Roughriders will have an important home game against San Tan Charter on Oct. 14.