Cienega just keeps winning. The Bobcats (6-0) are still undefeated after last week's showdown with then-ranked No. 5 Salpointe Catholic. While we predicted Cienega would win, we didn't expect the lopsided pounding the Bobcats delivered — they won the tilt 51-14.
The most noteworthy statistic from last week's game is that Salpointe hadn't given up more than 21 points in any of its five games before facing Cienega. So yes, the Bobcats are that good.
Cienega hosts a 2-4 Sahuaro team Friday night and winless Sierra Vista Buena next week, so the Bobcats will likely remain undefeated for at least two more weeks. The Bobcats finish out their season with games at Ironwood Ridge and Mountain View, which will be the ultimate test. Whoever planned Cienega's schedule certainly saved the best for last.
The Falcons are the real deal. Their high-flying offense hit the road last week to take on a solid Canyon del Oro (3-3) team and came away with a 35-13 win to improve to 5-1. It was Catalina Foothills' first-ever win over the Dorados in program history. Foothills quarterback Rhett Rodriguez completed 13 of 19 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown while the team accounted for 157 rushing yards.
The Falcons are clicking on all cylinders — they've won four in a row. Expect them to improve to 6-1 this week as they host Nogales.
The Nighthawks dominated last week, rolling past then-ranked No. 4 Mountain View by a score of 44-18 one week after suffering their first loss of the season. Ironwood Ridge's defense held the Mountain Lions to their fewest points in any game this season.
I-Ridge travels to take on winless Sierra Vista Buena this week before games at Tucson High and against Cienega the following two weeks. Behind senior running back Soma Ikaika Helu — who has rushed for the most yards (736) in Tucson so far this season and a share of the most touchdowns (10) — the Nighthawks should be able to come away with at least two wins over the next three games.
The Sabercats rose two spots in our rankings this week after blowing out Catalina 57-7 for their third straight win. In those three games, Sabino put up a total of 182 points and only gave up a total of seven. Yes, seven points.
Sure, Sabino's last three opponents have been less than stellar, but the Sabercats are still 5-1. This week gets a little tougher, as they host a 4-2 Pusch Ridge Christian team. But behind UA football commit Drew Dixon — who has rushed for the sixth-most yards (634) in Tucson this season along with seven touchdowns — the Sabercats will likely come away with the win.
Desert View and top-ranked Cienega are the only undefeated teams left in Southern Arizona, and they continue to dominate their opponents. Last week, the Jaguars cruised past Cholla 61-13.
Desert View hasn't given up more than 20 points in any game, but that will likely change this week. The Jaguars travel to take on No. 6 Mountain View, which is averaging 38.7 points per game. Expect Desert View to drop this one to the Mountain Lions and fall a few spots in our power poll next week.
The Mountain Lions are rather unpredictable. One week they put up 38 points on a decent Poston Butte team and the next week they get blown out 44-18 by Ironwood Ridge. Although Mountain View normally has a high-powered offense, it stalled last week facing the No. 3-ranked Nighthawks.
Regardless, what's done is done. This week should be the week the Mountain Lions can get back on track with a win over Desert View. It won't be a walkover win, but Mountain View will have the home crowd's energy to feed off of.
Salpointe Catholic dropped two spots in our rankings this week after losing 51-14 to No. 1 Cienega last Friday. The Lancers should have no problem getting back on track this week as they travel to take on Walden Grove (3-3).
While the Lancers barely snuck into the top seven this week, Marana is knocking at the door. The Tigers dropped their first two games of the season but have since won four straight and they look as good as ever. So far this season, Marana is averaging 33.7 points per game. Look for the Tigers to potentially break through into the power poll in the coming weeks.