Tucson vs. SalpointePosted: Updated:
We're wrapping the high school regular season, and what's better than finishing things off with a David vs. Goliath match up. The Tucson Badgers snapped a 2- year, 25-game losing streak in the 3 rd week of the season and have now put themselves in position to play for the 5A Southern-A region championship. The Salpointe Catholic Lancers found their key to success midway through the 2007 season and are 13-1 in regular season games since then. The Badgers are the underdogs, and that means Salpointe is on upset alert prepared to get the very best Tucson has to offer.
The Badgers are 5-2 since opening the season 0-2, but have yet to put together a 3-game winning streak this season. However, of their 4 losses - 2 have been by 7 points or less (North Canyon & Sunnyside). In fact, the teams that have beaten Tucson this year are a combined 30-6 with two of them (N. Canyon & Sunnyside) being undefeated in their respective regions. Obviously the Badgers are a team that has found some confidence over the season, and I'm sure Vincent Smith will have the guys well prepared to play in the biggest game of their regular season.
Since being offensively strangled by Ironwood Ridge last month, the Lancers have taken no prisoners on their last 3 opponents. Salpointe has outscored those teams 129-21 recording two shutouts in the process. I've talked about their offensive weapons in QB Trevor Eggleston, WR Mike Descisciolo, and RB Christian Ramirez who give the Lancers the ability to put up clusters of points in a hurry. Head coach Dennis Bene is used to having a winning program and walks the talk with numerous region championships.
Both teams average about 28 points per game (Salpointe - 28.1, Tucson - 27.5) which means I'll have a lot to talk about when it's time do the highlights around 9:30pm. For the second week in a row I get to see a region champ get crowned. Hopefully you'll be right there with me. See you at the game.