Friday, September 6, 2013

The Pedersen Friday Prep Football Preview

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

A year ago, the football teams from Catalina Foothills and Cholla High School each went 0-10. And they were both far worse than those records would indicate.

Now, each team has a chance to start 2-0, all but wiping away the memories of a lost 2012 season.

For Catalina Foothills, it's 34-28 overtime victory over Desert View came about a lot harder than most associated with the Falcons' program would have expected, especially after the school landed uber-resurrectionist Jeff Scurran as coach. Scurran previously turned Santa Rita from an 0-10 team to a state semifinalist in his first season.

Foothills should have much less trouble tonight against Walden Grove (0-1), mostly because no one on the Red Wolves is likely to put up the rushing numbers (305 yards, two touchdowns) that Desert View senior Jarratt White had against the Falcons.

At Cholla, its 48-28 stomping of Flowing Wells in Week 1 was its first win since Sept. 30, 2011, snapping the longest active losing streak in Tucson at 15 games. Now, the Chargers could have their first 2-0 start in more than a decade (they've won two games in a single season just once in the past six years) if they beat Amphitheater (0-1) tonight.

On the other end of the spectrum tonight are some schools not accustomed to starting off slowly. Both Cienega and Sabino are 0-1 heading into challenging road games: Cienega visits Mountain View (0-1), a week after falling to defending Division II champ Ironwood Ridge, while Sabino hopes to rebound from a thumping by Salpointe Catholic with a win at east side rival Sahuaro (1-0).

To put things in perspective, Cienega and Sabino have each had two or fewer regular season losses in the same season four times in the last nine years, so if either were to fall tonight it would be significant.

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