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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.
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.
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.
With committed off-season training and coming off a 9-2 record season, the Pusch Ridge Lions football squad is ready to get this season started with 14 seniors leading the way.
PRCA head football coach Troy Cropp.
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.
Coming off a solid 42-0 win over Scottsdale Christian Academy the week before, the Lions came into the game with winning on their mind – and a win is what they got as they handily beat the Santa Cruz Dust Devils 62-0 on Friday evening.
Marana High School
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.
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.
Troy Cropp is going into his second year of coaching the high school varsity football team at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. In a short amount of time, Cropp has helped the Lions improve their record as well as head up fundraising money to have a new weight room with new equipment.
PRCA head coach Troy Cropp.
Starting the new season, Pusch Ridge coach Troy Cropp works in the weight room with players and coaches.
Troy Cropp, head varsity football coach at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, picks up cones on the field as looks on at the campers running football drills. This is the second year in a row that the football team has put on a camp for foster children.
Wanting to reach out and impact children in a positive way, the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy High School football and cheer teams hosted camps for foster children.
Sophomore Taylor Fitzgerald made sure that Pusch Ridge wouldn’t lose on Senior Night.
Hosting their third consecutive perennial playoff opponent, the prospects for victory weren't very promising for the Pusch Ridge Lions.
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.
Anticipation for a new and improved season arose when the Pusch Ridge Lions hired Troy Cropp, as the new head varsity football coach.
It was apparent Friday night that it was the first week of the 2012 season as the Pusch Ridge Lions took on Joy Christian Eagles (Glendale).
A new level of motivation has arisen for the Pusch Ridge Lions football team under new Head Coach Troy Cropp, who has started a more organized and efficient training program.
Be a playoff team. Finish the season with no regrets. Grow closer to God.
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy head football coach Troy Cropp.
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.
First year Pusch Ridge Christian Academy football coach Troy Cropp didn’t wait long to deliver a message to his new team: the football season isn’t just about winning games. It’s about players developing into leaders. It’s about having fun. It’s about giving back to the community.