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Thursday night lights, rivalry games highlight this week's Tucson football action

  • Amphitheater travels to play at Empire on Friday night, in a homecoming for third-year coach Jorge Mendivil.
    Daniel Gaona/TucsonSentinel.comAmphitheater travels to play at Empire on Friday night, in a homecoming for third-year coach Jorge Mendivil.

Believe it or not, we’re already in the fourth week of the high school football season.

Crazy, right?

To be fair, just a handful of teams were in action the opening weekend but everyone has played at least two games giving us a decent idea of what to expect this fall.

This week has no shortage of storylines as the stakes continue to increase. Here’s a look at five things to watch:

Thursday night lights

Mountain View will host Sunnyside in a rare Thursday-night game, putting both teams in the spotlight as the only show in town.

Fifth-year coach Clarence McRae and the Mountain Lions are coming off a 62-0 win against Rincon/University and have a chance to get some revenge against the Blue Devils after last year’s 46-20 loss at Sunnyside.

An even bigger reason to catch this game would be to see Mountain View’s star wide receiver Isaiah Lovett in action. Through two games, the 6-foot-4-inch, 185-pound senior has already hauled in 10 catches for 252 yards and four touchdowns.

Mendivil's homecoming

Third-year Amphitheater coach Jorge Mendivil started Empire’s program a decade ago and went on to spend seven seasons with the team.

Mendivil returns to his old stomping grounds on Friday night with his new team. He’s not quite sure what it’ll feel like standing on Empire’s visiting sideline for the first time and lining up against his former assistant, W.T. Jeffries.

Amphi (1-1) beat Cholla to open the season but fell just short against Flowing Wells last week, when a failed two-point conversion in the final minutes secured a 27-26 win for the Caballeros.

The Oro Valley Super Bowl

It doesn’t get much better than this one: Undefeated Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro facing off in the Oro Valley Super Bowl.

CDO hosts I-Ridge with a chance to stay unbeaten and snap a five-game skid in the series, arguably Southern Arizona’s best active rivalry. The Dorados last beat the Nighthawks in 2010 but it’s been all I-Ridge since then, with just one game being decided by fewer than 18 points.

With a victory Friday, CDO would not only regain bragging rights in Oro Valley but it would also match its win total from a year ago.

An old-school rivalry

Speaking of rivalries, Salpointe Catholic hosts Tucson High in one of the city’s oldest on Friday night.

Salpointe (2-0) is coming off a bye week while the Badgers hope to rebound from their first loss of the season.

A win for Tucson High would be huge because they hasn’t beaten Salpointe since 1993. Since then, the Lancers have won 22 straight meetings.

Things stayed close last year, before Salpointe pulled away late for a 38-24 win. That was the closest margin of victory since a 20-17 win by the Lancers in 2009.

Desert View goes for 3-0

After going winless in 2014, Desert View opened the season 3-0 last fall. Now the Jaguars are one win from doing it again, for the second year in a row.

Desert View (2-0) hosts unbeaten Douglas on Friday night, with a chance to win its fourth straight game dating back to last season.

More importantly, a win would keep the Jaguars right in the thick of things in the 5A Sonoran region, with a showdown at Sahuaro looming.

This week's local games

Thursday, Sept. 8
  • Sunnyside at Mountain View, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 9
  • Amphitheater at Empire, 7 p.m.
  • Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells, 7 p.m.
  • Cienega at Nogales, 7 p.m.
  • Douglas at Desert View, 7 p.m.
  • Globe at Tanque Verde, 7 p.m.
  • Ironwood Ridge at Canyon del Oro, 7 p.m.
  • Palo Verde at Catalina, 7 p.m.
  • Pueblo at Cholla, 7 p.m.
  • Rio Rico at Sahuarita, 7 p.m.
  • Sabino at San Marcos (California) Mission Hills, 7 p.m.
  • Safford at Pusch Ridge Christian, 7 p.m.
  • Sahuaro at Marana, 7 p.m.
  • Sierra Vista Buena at Rincon/University, 7 p.m.
  • Tucson at Salpointe Catholic, 7 p.m.
  • Walden Grove at Santa Rita, 7 p.m.

Last week's scores

  • Flowing Wells 27, Amphitheater 26
  • Canyon del Oro 28, Apache Junction 8
  • Scottsdale Saguaro 35, Catalina Foothills 0
  • Cienega 40, Surprise Shadow Ridge 14
  • Desert View 19, Maricopa 14
  • Douglas 30, Cholla 23
  • Glendale 42, Palo Verde 21
  • Marana 31, Tempe McClintock 26
  • Mesa Desert Ridge 38, Tucson 14
  • Mountain View 62, Rincon/University 0
  • Ironwood Ridge 42, Nogales 12
  • Rio Rico 23, Phoenix Cortez 16
  • Queen Creek 34, Sahuaro 23
  • Sabino 16, Queen Creek American Leadership 13
  • Queen Creek Casteel 49, Empire 0
  • Queen Creek Franklin 46, Catalina 0
  • Sunnyside 28, Sierra Vista Buena 2
  • Pusch Ridge Christian 22, Walden Grove 12
  • Willcox 14, Tanque Verde 7

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