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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 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)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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