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For the second straight week the CDO football team lost a game in the final moments, while also having to deal with a strange delay. Cienega beat CDO 23-18 in a game that saw the Bobcats take a late lead, then both teams have to deal with a 15 minute delay when the lights went out.
The latest media rankings for high school football are out and there is starting to be a lot of moving going on as the season gets into its fourth week.
Moments after Nathan Farmer split the uprights on a 30-yard field goal to give Ironwood Ridge a 24-21 win against rival Canyon Del Oro, the Nighthawks’ Head Coach Matt Johnson admitted that the better team may not have won the game, but the team that was better on special teams got the win.
Storms affected every football game in Southern Arizona last Friday. There was not a single game in the area that was not delayed or postponed. Two games, CDO/Ironwood Ridge and Pusch Ridge/ Scottsdale Christian did not resume that night.
Canyon Del Oro student Megan Carroll waves a CDO flag to rally the fans.
Ironwood Ridge player Michael Franzese moves down field during the match up against CDO.
CDO coach Dusty Peace congratulates Ironwood Ridge coach Matt Johnson on the win.
Special teams were the difference in Ironwood Ridge’ last second 24-21 win over Canyon Del Oro Saturday morning.
Lightning forced IRHS officials to clear the stadium. Eventually the game was rescheduled for Saturday morning.
The story of the week in high school sports was the return of Bridgett Doucet. The CDO senior cross country runner finished second in the state two years ago, but missed all of last season dealing with an illness. She did come back for the track season, but she served notice at least week’s Northwest Showdown that she was all the way back and a real contender for a state championship.
The CDO boys team is expected to make another run towards the state championship meet.
CDO’s Bridgett Doucet made her return to cross country and dominated the competition at the first race of the year.
Five of the six Northwest area football teams were ranked in their respecitve top-10 of the ACS Football rankings.
Canyon Del Oro is expected to announce the hiring of a new softball coach sometime next week.
After a few years of instability, Mountain View football seems to be in a good place. After three coaches in three years, Bam McRae has come to the school and put his own stamp on the program. McRae now enters year three and the team is looking for their third straight playoff appearance.
Andy Litten knew when he took the Marana coaching job that it would not be a quick fix. Inheriting a zero-win team, was not easy, but changing the culture that begun to accept losing. After two successful seasons, which the Tigers have won nine games in the last two seasons after winning just eight the previous four seasons, the goal is simple; get to the postseason.
Canyon Del Oro is expected to name Keith Francis as their head baseball coach. Francis previously coached the Dorados in the early 2000’s.
Little League softball usually takes a back seat to Little League baseball, but it is hard to argue with the track record of success at Thornydale Little League. The league based out of Arthur Pack Park has been dominant.
The CDO Little League 10-11 Baseball All-Stars won the state championship last week, beating Ahwatukee 16-11.
CDO Little League used a late inning rally to stun Arrowhead 16-15 and advance to the championship game of the Arizona 10-11 Little League State Baseball Tournament.