Pick of the preps: Sunnyside-Salpointe lead Thursday football

2013-09-09T00:00:00Z Pick of the preps: Sunnyside-Salpointe lead Thursday footballBy Daniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

After blowing out Encino (Calif.) Crespi 47-7 on Saturday night, the Salpointe Catholic football team appears to be unstoppable.

Sunnyside, you’re up next.

The Lancers (3-0) will host the Blue Devils Thursday at 7 p.m., and one of the two teams will suffer their first loss of the season.

While Salpointe is the heavy favorite to win after dominating its first three opponents, don’t look past Sunnyside. The Blue Devils (2-0) have looked solid in wins over Gilbert Perry and Glendale Ironwood, both of which had winning records last year.

That sets up for an exciting matchup in one of 14 football games involving local teams Thursday night.

Teams are playing a day early because of the Yom Kippur holiday, but there will still be a handful of games played Friday night.

Here are three other events to catch in Southern Arizona this week:

Tuesday

Boys golf: Several of the area’s top boys golf players will be on display for an 18-hole match between Canyon del Oro, Cienega, Ironwood Ridge and Sabino at Oro Valley Country Club. The match starts at 1 p.m.

CDO and I-Ridge were the only two local boys teams to play in the Antigua National High School Invitational in Scottsdale, and CDO finished 12th among 24 teams Saturday behind Frankie Wu and Chris Meyers, who both finished in the top 50 individually.

Wednesday

Girls volleyball: Tucson High and 5-foot-11-inch outside hitter Summer Avery, fresh off winning the 16-team TUSD Invitational this weekend, will return to action Tuesday at home against Catalina Foothills.

The Badgers will have a tough road test Wednesday at 6 p.m. when they travel to Canyon del Oro, which lost to Tucson 2-1 in pool play and finished fifth in this weekend’s tournament.

Thursday

Football: Ironwood Ridge suffered its first loss of the season Friday night (35-28 at Glendale Apollo). Canyon del Oro, the Nighthawks’ rival down the road, improved to 2-0 with an easy 48-21 win over Avondale Agua Fria.

Coach Matt Johnson and the defending state champion Nighthawks (2-1) will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to CDO at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Meanwhile, senior J.J. Metz and the Dorados will be looking for the ultimate revenge after I-Ridge shut them out 36-0 to open the season last year. In Friday night’s win over Agua Fria, Metz combined for 199 yards rushing and receiving and scored a pair of touchdowns.

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

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