pick of the preps

Pick of the preps: Mountain View will try to slow down Salpointe

2013-09-30T00:00:00Z Pick of the preps: Mountain View will try to slow down SalpointeBy Daniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Mountain View has one of the area’s best defenses, but will certainly have its hands full when it hosts undefeated and apparently unstoppable Salpointe Catholic on Friday night.

Coming off last Friday’s blowout football win over Tempe Marcos de Niza, the Lancers (5-0) and their high-powered offense are averaging 46 points a game behind senior quarterback Andrew Cota and UA verbal commit Cameron Denson. More impressive is the Salpointe defense, which has held opponents to less than six points a game.

Mountain View senior Richie Estrada, who is averaging 138 rushing yards a game, rushed for more than 120 yards in each of the two meetings with Salpointe last season. But the Mountain Lions (3-2) lost both times, including in the Division II state quarterfinals.

This may be the best ticket in town Friday night, but here are three more events to catch this week around Southern Arizona:

Friday

Football: Canyon del Oro will travel to Catalina Foothills in a matchup of two 4-1 teams, both of which appear to be headed for the Division III state tournament.

This game opens section play and will give one the inside track to winning the section and a better chance to host a state tournament game.

Both teams are coming off back-to-back wins after going a combined 4-16 last year. The Falcons went 0-10 in 2012, but they are a completely different team with coach Jeff Scurran at the helm and dynamic freshman quarterback Rhett Rodriguez, the son of UA football coach Rich Rodriguez, behind center.

Friday-Saturday

Boys golf: Eighteen teams will face off in the two-day Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Golf Invite at Silverbell Golf Course, starting Friday morning.

The event will consist of 18 holes each day. The local teams entered are Catalina Foothills, Cholla, Cienega, Douglas, Flowing Wells, Marana, Mountain View, Nogales, Rincon/University, Sabino, Salpointe Catholic, Santa Rita, Sierra Vista Buena, Sunnyside and Tucson High.

Mesa Mountain View, which finished second behind Cienega last year, is among the Phoenix-area teams entered. But the Bobcats have a shot to repeat with senior David Rauer, one of the top golfers in Southern Arizona this year.

Saturday

Swimming and diving: The best swimmers and divers from around the state will take over Hillenbrand Aquatic Center at the UA on Saturday for the Ford Aquatics High School Classic.

This is one of the biggest meets of the year and serves as a gauge to see who will be making noise when the state finals roll around in November. It also pits the best of the best going head to head, regardless of division, so it’s even bigger than a state meet in a sense.

Last year’s Classic drew nearly 50 high schools and more than 900 swimmers. Action begins at 10 a.m.

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