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With only nine years of football coaching experience and none of those being at the high school level, Troy Cropp, the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy head varsity football coach, has made a surprisingly big impact on the program in his one-year of coaching.
Quarterback Cody Cropp checks the line before the snap.
Cody Cropp, a sophomore, practices a running drill during football practice.
Coming into his sophomore year, Cody Cropp, runs through a drill.
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy quarterback Cody Cropp prepares to throw down field.
The Pusch Ridge Christian Academy high school football team is coming off a 6-4 record from last year under the leadership of head coach Troy Cropp.
Pusch Ridge had little trouble with their season opening road game against Miami (AZ). Earning a 42-0 win.
Pusch Ridge’s home opener was spoiled by Glendale’s Joy Christian 28-6. The Lions dropped to 1-1 on the season, while Joy Christian improved to 2-0.
Glendale’s Joy Christian won the field position battle and made a smart tactical move and that led to their 28-6 road win over Pusch Ridge Christian last Friday night.
Starting Friday night, the 2012 high school football season will officially begin with some big matches for local teams. Ironwood Ridge will look to build on last season, Canyon Del Oro will look to carry a late-season run forward, and Marana, Mountain View and Pusch Ridge will look for a more positive outcome.
This time of year most high school students are looking forward to summer vacation. For football players, this time of year means spring football practice and getting a jumpstart on next season. All of the area high schools have different goals and philosophies for spring ball.
The Pusch Ridge and Mountain View football teams were both in action on Friday night, but each had different results.