It's the matchup that's been 10 weeks in the making — No. 1 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 2 Salpointe Catholic. The highly anticipated matchup finally kicks off tonight at 7 p.m., at Salpointe.
The game will be televised on Cox channel 7. In high definition, it's channel 1007. The game is only available for Cox subscribers.
The Nighthawks have stormed through the first nine weeks of the regular season including a pair of wins over Phoenix-area powers Tempe Marcos de Niza and Peoria Centennial.
The Lancers suffered a setback in their first game of the season to Crespi (Calif.) but have rolled the past nine weeks and come into tonight's game with a 9-1 record.
The Lancers won last year's showdown at Ironwood Ridge, but then lost in the first round of the state tournament to Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep. Ironwood Ridge advanced to the semifinals.
In today's Daily Star, we predicted a 27-24 win for the Lancers.
Here's the rest of our predictions that ran in today's publication:
Sabino 35, Sahuaro 22
Empire 28, Walden Grove 20
Tucson 44, Flowing Wells 15
Canyon del Oro 38, Amphitheater 18
Marana 20, Catalina Foothills 16
Mountain View 41, Cholla 7
Cienega 48, Douglas 10
Desert View 39, Santa Rita 34
Rincon/University 31, Palo Verde 17
Pusch Ridge Christian 24, Rio Rico 23
Sierra Vista Buena 30, Sunnyside 21
Sahuarita 40, Catalina 13
Nogales 33, Pueblo 14
Phoenix Christian 41, Tanque Verde 14