Isaiah Bae

Catalina Foothills High School senior running back Isaiah Bae is one of three players to watch on the Falcons squad this week when they face off against Vista Grande at home.

Welcome to week eight of the high school football season, with a quintet of much-anticipated contests on the northwestern fringe of Tucson. 

It will be interesting to see how three teams on a recent hot streak, Canyon del Oro, Ironwood Ridge and Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, fare this week. 

The Dorados head to east Tucson to face off against a scrappy Sahuaro Cougars club that’s 5-2 this year, in what could be their toughest game to-date. 

Ditto for fellow Amphitheater School District squad Ironwood Ridge, which hosts Marana (4-2) in what should be the game of the week in Tucson. 

The Lions of Pusch Ridge enter their matchup against Sahuarita (4-2) with a two-game win streak on the line, with back-to-back tough games against the Mustangs and Sabino. 

Mountain View looks to earn their second-consecutive win on Friday against Vail’s Empire High School (2-4), in what should be a back-and-forth affair. 

The Catalina Foothills Falcons enter their home clash with Vista Grande High School (2-5) off a rough 33-21 road loss to CDO, looking to improve on their 2-4 record this season. 

All of the above should be solid games to watch, with lots of action on both sides of the ball. 

Without further ado, here’s how I see each game going under the blinding lights of Friday night. 

[All games at 7 p.m.]

  • Marana (4-2) at Ironwood Ridge (3-3), 2475 W. Naranja Drive

Who to Watch: 

IRHS: 

  • Nathan Grijalva (Senior running back) 

Stats: 119 carries, 694 rushing yards, 6 rushing TDs

  • Drew Cook (Senior wide receiver

Stats: 16 catches, 335 receiving yards, 5 receiving TDs/24 carries, 199 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs

  • Octavio Audry-Cobos (Junior quarterback)

Stats: 28/58, 438 passing yards, 6 passing touchdowns (3 interceptions)/66 carries, 397 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns

Marana:

  • Trenton Bourguet (Senior quarterback)

Stats: 87/123, 1,221 passing yards, 11 passing TDs (3 interceptions)/44 carries, 257 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

  • Xoeius Ratliffe (Senior running back)

Stats: 93 carries, 529 rushing yards, 6 rushing TDs/14 catches, 158 receiving yards

  • Diego Miranda (Senior wide receiver)

Stats: 24 catches, 375 receiving yards, 5 receiving TDs

Score Prediction: Ironwood Ridge 27, Marana 24

  • Canyon del Oro (5-1) at Sahuaro (5-2), 545 Camino Seco

Who to Watch: 

CDO: 

  • Zach Eidenschink (Senior quarterback)

Stats: 50/79, 1,102 passing yards, 12 passing TDs (1 interception)/52 carries, 316 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

  • Stevie Rocker (Sophomore running back)

Stats: 51 carries, 614 rushing yards, 7 rushing TDs

  • Jose Cruz

Stats: 16 catches, 373 receiving yards, 4 receiving TDs/9 carries, 76 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD

Sahuaro

  • Cameron Williams (Senior running back)

Stats: 75 carries, 811 rushing yards, 15 rushing TDs/45 tackles, 1 sack

  • Trayvion White-Austin (Senior wide receiver)

Stats: 32 carries, 321 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs/3 catches, 49 receiving yards

  • Jakob Goerke (Senior linebacker)

Stats: 57 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack

Score Prediction: Sahuaro 33, CDO 27

  • Mountain View (1-5) vs. Empire (2-4), 3901 W. Linda Vista Blvd. 

Who to Watch: 

MVHS: 

  • Calib McRae (Senior linebacker/wide receiver)

Stats: 48 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble/20 catches, 359 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs

  • Varney Larson (Junior running back)

Stats: 25 catches, 346 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs/18 carries, 72 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs

  • Aaron Logsdon (Junior running back/linebacker)

Stats: 63 carries, 325 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs/48 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack 

Empire

  • Wyatt Jeffries (Senior running back/linebacker

Stats: 115 carries, 734 rushing yards, 6 rushing TDs/10 catches, 104 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs

  • Alex Verdugo (Senior quarterback)

Stats: 70/150, 1,052 passing yards, 15 passing TDs (9 interceptions)/49 carries, 41 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD

  • Jalen Smith (Senior wide receiver)

Stats: 22 catches, 380 receiving yards, 5 receiving TDs/9 carries, 37 rushing yards

Score Prediction: Empire 24, Mountain View 14 

  • Catalina Foothills (2-4) vs. Vista Grande (2-5), 4300 E. Sunrise Dr.

Who to Watch: 

CFHS: 

  • Joaquin Holm (Senior quarterback)

Stats: 44/67, 617 passing yards, 4 passing TDs (3 interceptions), 13 carries, 49 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

  • Dominic Bynum (Senior running back)

Stats: 64 carries, 515 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs/2 catches, 101 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD

  • Isaiah Bae (Senior running back)

Stats: 52 carries, 435 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

Vista Grande: 

  • Eddie Villegas (Senior quarterback)

Stats: 95/183, 1,283 passing yards, 13 passing TDs (5 interceptions)/42 carries, 119 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

  • Brice Gay (Senior wide receiver)

Stats: 30 catches, 462 receiving yards, 5 receiving TDs/80 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, .5 sacks

  • Aaron Landeros (Senior defensive end)

Stats: 37 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 4 sacks

Score Prediction: Catalina Foothills 38, Vista Grande 20

  • Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (3-3) vs. Sahuarita (4-2), 9500 N. Oracle Rd. 

PRCA: 

  • Evan Lovett (Sophomore running back)

Stats: 48 carries, 540 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs/4 catches, 83 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD

  • Ryan Garcia (Junior running back)

Stats: 68 carries, 373 rushing yards, 7 rushing TDs

  • Casey Way (Senior defensive end)

Stats: 35 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

Sahuarita

  • Christian Gonzales (Junior slot back)

Stats: 4 catches, 223 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs/21 carries, 196 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD

  • RJ Ahumada (Junior defensive lineman)

Stats: 26 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

  • Osten Sherry (Junior safety)

Stats: 14 tackles, 2 interceptions

Score Prediction: Pusch Ridge 40, Sahuarita 21

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