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Ben Walker of the Pusch Ridge Lions falls back after making a catch from the quarterback.
The Lions run through a play during practice earlier this month.
The Lion, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy’s mascot gets some high-fives before the second half of Friday night’s game.
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.
Pusch Ridge wasted no time jumping out to a big lead and cruised to an easy 48-0 win over an overmatched Baboquivari team on Friday night.
Pusch Ridge closed out the regular season with a 49-12 win over Canyon State and now turn their attention to the Division V state football playoffs.
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Aaron Penazek punts the ball for a return after a Lions’ score.
Lions’ Josh Carollo gets taken down by two defenders on a run during Friday night’s game.
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy’s Josh Carollo evades Santa Cruz Valley defenders during Friday night’s game. The Lions shut out the Dust Devils 62-0.
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy's Connor Reilly throws out his arm to block a defender as he ran the ball in for a touchdown during the second quarter. The Lions shutout the Dust Devils 62-0.
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.
Don Boorse/Special to The Explorer, Pusch Ridge assistant coaches Larry Barfield, left, and Scott Kaveloh monitor the Lions after three quarters of Friday's 70-0 win over Baboquivari.
Don Boorse/Special to The Explorer, Pusch Ridge quarterback Ryan Genzman came off the bench after Tyler Goodwillie threw three touchdown passes in the Lions' 70-0 win over Baboquivari. Genzman had his moments, too, running here from Robert Arredondo on Friday. Genzman threw for two scores.
Pusch Ridge became the first Southern Arizona football team to clinch a postseason berth with their 57-0 win over San Carlos. The win locked up their sectional title and gave them an automatic playoff berth.
In recent contests, Pusch Ridge has rolled past Baboquivari.
The season ended for the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Lions on Friday night, when a cold wind blowing from the mountains sent a chill through the bundled crowd.
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.
For Pusch Ridge the challenge this week was not winning their game against Baboquivari, but doing so with good sportsmanship and humility. The Lions beat an overmatched Baboquivari squad 48-0 and had the challenge of playing hard, but not upstaging an opponent that does not have the depth to compete.
A lot of new faces will be wearing varsity numbers for the Pusch Ridge Lions, as the team works to prepare for its 2011-12 season.
The Pusch Ridge Christian Academy boys soccer team (10-2) completed another highly successful regular season with a 6-1 win over Santa Cruz last Thursday night.
Last year was Bob Vance's first as the head football coach of the Pusch Ridge Christian Lions, but he guided the Lions to a 7-3 mark and their fourth straight trip to the playoffs.
When it comes to a new football season, the very first goal on a team's radar is to get those first points up on the scoreboard. This was a task that the Pusch Ridge Lions failed to accomplish in their opening game to the 2012 high school football season against Joy Christian, a game they lost 36-0.
Be a playoff team. Finish the season with no regrets. Grow closer to God.
Pusch Ridge Player of the Game