Look for Mingus to win close one tonight vs. Cactus
Mingus Union High School football vs. Cactus, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9
With consecutive losses to start the season, Mingus Union High School will host Cactus High School at 7 p.m. Friday. Said Mingus Head Coach Bob Young following the Marauders' 13-6 loss against Cactus Shadows, Friday's opponent is "very physical and very good, and huge on the line."
Though the Mingus offense hasn't quite found itself this year, the defense is beginning to tighten up on its opponents. Expect another close game this week - and a surprise first win of the year for the Marauders.
Final score: Mingus 20 Cactus 17
Camp Verde High School football is off this week. Next week, the Cowboys host Kingman Academy.
University of Arizona football vs. Grambling State, 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
Though the game was close, last week's University of Arizona season opener resulted in defeat for the Wildcats - an 18-16 loss to Brigham Young University at the Arizona Cardinals' home field in Glendale.
This week, the Wildcats host Grambling State University at Arizona Stadium in Tucson.
Just because U of A is the home team this week shouldn't cause them to get too cocky, as Grambling State beat Virginia University of Lynchburg last week by a score of 72-12.
The Wildcats will need to control both sides of the ball - and not take anything for granted - if they are to beat their opponent.
Final score: Wildcats 31 Grambling State 21,
Arizona State University football vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
Off a 44-13 drubbing of Northern Arizona University a week ago, Arizona State University will take on Texas Tech Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium.
Both the Sun Devils and the Red Raiders are 1-0 to start the season, as Texas Tech also won its season opener a week ago, 69-17 against Stephen F. Austin.
Final score: Sun Devils 38 Texas Tech 20
Northern Arizona University football vs. Western Illinois, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
Northern Arizona University really didn't stand a chance last week against Arizona State University, losing 44-13 to the Sun Devils. This week, the Lumberjacks try to even their record as they play Western Illinois on the road.
Saturday's match won't be easy, as the Fighting Leathernecks defeated interstate rival Eastern Illinois 38-21 a week ago.
Though NAU is a pretty solid team, winning on the road against this solid squad is not likely. Though it will be close.
Final score: Western Illinois 28 Northern Arizona 27
Arizona Cardinals vs. New England Patriots, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11
With quarterback Tom Brady on the league's suspension list for the season's first four games, nobody really knows what to expect of Patriots' replacement signal caller Jimmy Garoppolo.
But it's safe to say what the Cardinals should be able to do. Score often, and keep the opponent from finding the end zone too many times.
Final score:Cardinals 31 Patriots 10
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-11
At this point, it appears that the Arizona Diamondbacks are on cruise control, making vacation plans as they show up to their games just enough to almost make things interesting.
The return of A.J. Pollock from a busted elbow might have injected a little life into the team had it happened a few months back - or April, for that matter. Though he has been hitting, fielding and running well, the rest of the team seems pretty spent on this grossly disappointing season.
Speaking of disappointments, San Francisco was securely in first place at the all-star break. Since then, the Giants have kept company with the Diamondbacks, as they have watched the Clayton Kershaw-less Dodgers take the division lead.
Finishing a three-game set in LA-LA-Land, the Diamondbacks return home this weekend against San Francisco. Though the Giants are somehow not out of the race, all games count the next few weeks - the final few weeks of the season.
Diamondbacks win two of three against San Francisco.
-- Bill Helm