Pick of the Preps

Pick of the preps: Expect lots of points as Badgers face I-Ridge

2013-10-07T00:00:00Z Pick of the preps: Expect lots of points as Badgers face I-RidgeBy Daniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

If you’re a football fan and love an old-style high-scoring shootout, Tucson High School is the place to be on Friday night.

The Badgers (5-1) will host defending state champion Ironwood Ridge at 7 p.m. in a matchup of teams that are both in the top 10 of the Division II seedings and combined to outscore their opponents 99-0 last week.

Tucson and speedy senior quarterback Donovan Moore will be going for their sixth straight win, but the Nighthawks (5-1) will be trying to remain perfect in the series, having won the first six meetings by an average of 28.5 points.

While this is a can’t-miss game this week, here’s a look at three other events going on around Southern Arizona to watch:

Tuesday

Girls volleyball: Salpointe Catholic (9-1) will go for its sixth straight regular-season win when it plays at Cienega on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Junior outside hitter Kassidy Johnson and the Bobcats (7-2) are No. 13 in the Division II seedings and have yet to lose a home match. However, Salpointe is ranked 10th and has not lost a set in its last six matches on the road.

Both the Lancers and Bobcats also could meet again later in the week at the two-day Lion’s Den Invitational. The event is hosted by Mountain View and is expected to feature 24 teams, mostly from Southern Arizona.

Friday

Football: Since starting 0-2, Nogales had won three straight before losing to Sunnyside last week. The Apaches will try to get their season back on track when they host Sahuaro on Friday night at 7.

The Cougars (5-1) are No. 7 in the Division II seedings and appear to be headed back to the state playoffs, having won four straight games. Nogales (3-3), which made it to the Division III state semifinals last year, essentially must win this game to stay in the playoff picture, now that it is in Division II.

Saturday

Cross country: More than 30 teams from around the state are expected to compete at the 12th annual Valerie McGregor Rattler Invitational at Marana High School on Saturday morning at 8. Registration for the event closes at noon Wednesday.

The meet is popular because it gives several teams a chance to get a practice run on the same course they will have to run on in a month to qualify for the state championship meet.

Rio Rico, last year’s Division III state champion, won the Rattler boys title last year and could do it again this year. But the Hawks will have to keep up with Ironwood Ridge.

On the girls side, Catalina Foothills is one of the top teams to watch.

Contact high school sports coordinator Daniel Gaona at dgaona@azstarnet.com or 807-7761. On Twitter @DanielGaona13

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