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Dorados, ’Hawks win

IRHS ranked 4th, CDO at 13th, MVHS at 24th

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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:00 am

Here is a recap of Thursday’s high school football competitions. Regular play now returns to Friday nights for the remainder of the season.

Canyon Del Oro vs. Catalina Foothills

The Canyon Del Oro Dorados improved to 4-3 Thursday night, after a big third quarter pushed them past Catalina Foothills.

With most high school football games being played on Thursday night last week, the Dorados traveled to Catalina Foothills.

Catalina Foothills and Canyon Del Oro came into the game with .500 records, both sitting at 3-3. With the playoff picture coming into focus, every game counts and every team is aware of the stakes.

After leading 8-3 at halftime, the Dorados were able to capitalize on two turnovers in the third quarter to take a 27-11 lead.

In the game, quarterback Cooper Smith completed five of 14 for 86 yards. Smith also ran for 46 yards on nine carries.

In rushing, the Dorados racked up 295 yards. Senior Jason Vartanian led the way with 16 carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns, and senior Black Martinez with 11 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown.

With the victory, the Dorados are now ranked 13th in Division II of the Arizona Interscholastic Association power ranking with 25.02 points.

Ironwood Ridge, also in the Amphitheater Public Schools district, has the highest ranking in the area at fourth place with 29.69 points.

With only three games left in the regular season, the Dorados will look to improve to secure a spot in the post season.

On Friday, the Dorados will travel to Tucson High to take on the Badgers.

On Oct. 21, the Dorados will host Marana. On Oct. 28, they will close the regular season against Amphitheater.

Ironwood Ridge vs. Mountain View

The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks got back to their winning ways Thursday night, dominating Mountain View 42-0.

Quarterback Tyler Williams had a strong passing game, completing 12 of 15 for 124 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Williams also led the Nighthawks’ ground attack, racking up 163 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns.

Mitch Fischer turned in another strong performance, running for 122 yards on 11 carries and for three touchdowns.

The Nighthawks are now 6-1 for the season, standing at fourth place in AIA rankings.

The Nighthawks only loss came Sept. 30 against Centennial.

With three games left, the Nighthawks are positioned for a playoff birth, but they will be tested during the final game of the season.

On Oct. 28, the Nighthawks will face third-ranked Salpointe Catholic.

In the meantime, the Nighthawks have two away games, starting with Flowing Wells this week, and Catalina Foothills on Oct. 21.

For the Mountain View Mountain Lions, the road to the playoffs is getting tougher as they dropped their fourth straight game Thursday night.

Sitting at 24th in the state rankings, the Mountain Lions will face Catalina Foothills, Flowing Wells and Cholla in the final three weeks of the season.

With only the top 24 teams making the playoffs, the Mountain Lions will have to get back into winning to earn a spot.

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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)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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