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Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:26 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

On a cold, chilly night, Homecoming Night held as little drama for Pusch Ridge as most of its games this season.

This time, the drama was over before it started, as the Lions captured their final game of the season by forfeit over Ray.

The Lions played the San Luis junior varsity, and prevailed 48-0. Pusch Ridge, now 8-1 on the season and winner of eight straight since its season-opening, 47-16 loss to Northwest Christian, plays host to Morenci in playoff action Friday.

When a team averages 47 points a game, while allowing about 12 per game, what possible adversity could the Lions have battled through?

"When we had the possibility of not playing (the playoffs), we were concerned," said coach Bob Vance. "We had the chance of (possibly) forfeiting the games."

A couple of weeks ago, Pusch Ridge was under investigation for some possible eligibility issues, which athletic director Lonnie Tvrdy helped to clear up. At the time, it appeared that the Lions might have to forfeit some of their wins. Then, the matter was cleared up and the wins were allowed to stand.

Quarterback Greg Schimke played just enough Friday to stay sharp for the playoffs. In building a 41-0 lead at halftime with a lot of junior varsity players participating, Schimke completed four of his six passes for 79 yards and three touchdowns.

Joe Abrams caught seven passes for 83 yards, and James Knutson had eight catches for 38 yards. Trever Cook caught touchdown passes of 19 and 50 yards from Schimke.

"I think we can make a deep run in the playoffs," Schimke said. "We've been setting up the run with our pass."

Despite sitting out the fourth quarter in most games, Schimke led Southern Arizona passers with 1,835 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also completed 63 percent of his passes. Tyler Vance was third in receiving yards in the area with 524. In a well-balanced passing attack, Lions Trever Cook finished seventh and Mitch Woody 11th in receiving yardage.

"We can play with anyone," Tyler Vance said. "The teams we'll play will be bigger and stronger than we're used to."

Winning eight out of nine games was certainly a team effort for Pusch Ridge.

"Every game, another player is the hero," Vance said. "Every week, we just support that player."

Coach Bob Vance pointed out that if the Lions win this week, they may get to host a second playoff game.

"We haven't had a lot of competition," Vance said. "We lost in the first round last year, and it shouldn't be hard to get the players to focus."

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

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CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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