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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:00 pm | Updated: 9:48 am, Wed Oct 24, 2012.

During the last few seasons, it’s not secret that the Marana Tigers have struggled. They went 0-10 last season, but in 2012, it’s a new attitude and new leadership that could push this young team to better season endings.

The Tigers had a tough first week, losing 25-18 to the Mountain View Mountain Lions.

However, what came out of the first week of play is that Marana isn’t a team that will give up. In fact, the Tigers put up a good showing in the fourth quarter, and despite a few bad plays almost mounted a comeback.

This new attitude could be thanks to newly-appointed Head Coach Andy Litten, who knows the obstacles that are ahead in turning an entire football program around.

“We’re kind of old-school here,” Litten said. “We’re just going to work real hard, and bring our system in. It’s really all about the kid buy-in. They’ve really bought in, and they understand the system. Plain old hard work is the one way you go about fixing the problems. A lot of the staff I have here was with me at Catalina Foothills, and we have the same philosophy here that we did there.”

The Tigers will rely on the leadership of junior starting quarterback Ben Honea on offense this season.

Senior Davon Roebuck has been voted the 2012 season team captain, and will be a team leader both on and off the field for the young Tigers’ team.

The Tigers have a rough road ahead, hosting the high-powered offense of the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks on Friday, and then traveling to Rincon on Sept. 14.


2012 Tigers Schedule

Date       Opponent    

8/31       vs. Ironwood Ridge

9/7         @ Rincon

9/14       @ Tucson

9/21       vs Salpointe Catholic

9/28       @ Flowing Wells

10/5        vs Vista Grande    10/12     vs Amphitheater

10/19      vs Canyon Del Oro

10/26      @Catalina Foothills


All games begin at 7 p.m.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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