Predictions: Mingus should win handily vs. Lee Williams
Mingus Union High School football at Lee Williams, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9
Mingus Union High School played tough last week at home against Cactus, winning 35-28 in come-from-behind fashion. Now that the 1-2 Marauders are competing against their own league, things should get more interesting - and the wins should start coming a bit more regularly.
Friday, Mingus travels to Kingman to face Lee Williams. Last year, the Marauders beat the Volunteers 42-0.
Despite a solid running attack, Lee Williams' leading pass catcher has only eight receptions in three games. That lack of offensive diversity is not going to cut it against Mingus.
Final score: Mingus 38 Lee Williams 20
Camp Verde High School football vs. Kingman Academy, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
After a week off - and after losing 48-6 to Scottsdale Christian Academy on Sept. 2, Camp Verde High School hosts Kingman Academy at Sam Hammerstrom Field.
With a 1-2 record, Kingman Academy is prone to committing penalties, as well as turnovers, with 12 total turnovers in two of their three games.
Should Camp Verde's defense be able to find the ball - and find it often in Kingman Academy territory, the Cowboys could score enough points to get the win.
Final score: Camp Verde 20 Kingman Academy 17
University of Arizona football vs. Hawaii, 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
As predicted, the University of Arizona beat Grambling State University 31-21 at home.
This week, the 1-1 University of Hawaii comes to town, after winning 41-36 against UT Martin.
Last week's game against Grambling State didn't start so well. Down 21-3 at the half, the Wildcats scored 28 unanswered points to even their season's record at 1-1.
The University of Hawaii might not be a top team, but for the University of Arizona to win on Saturday, they'll need to go loco moco at home.
The U of A defense cannot afford to surrender 402 yards as it did a week ago. And the offense will need to continue to be balanced, as it was a week ago with 223 yards passing and 247 yards rushing.
Final score: Wildcats 42 University of Hawaii 27
Arizona State University football at University of Texas San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
Though Arizona State University only gave up 13 points to Northern Arizona University two weeks ago, surrendering 55 last week more often than not will get you a loss.
Fortunately for the Sun Devils, Texas Tech let ASU score 68.
Unbeaten at 2-0, Arizona State is on the road this week to face the 1-1 University of Texas San Antonio. Friday's 6:30 p.m. start will be ASU's third game of the season - and their third win.
Final score: Sun Devils 48 University of Texas San Antonio 17
Northern Arizona University football vs. New Mexico Highlands, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
As far as losses go, Northern Arizona University's 34-20 loss last week at Western Illinois might be worse than losing 44-13 two weeks ago to state rival Arizona State University.
At 4 p.m. Saturday. The Lumberjacks will try to get out of the loss column as they host New Mexico Highlands in their annual Hall of Fame game.
New Mexico Highlands, also 0-2, lost 54-14 last week to Colorado School of Mines. One step up from losing to the University of Barbizon, New Mexico Highlands should be an easy match for the Lumberjacks.
Final score: Lumberjacks 35 New Mexico Highlands 10
Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18
Not sure there are many people who expected the Cardinals to lose 23-21 to the Jimmy Garoppolo-lead Patriots Sunday night at home.
Even fewer should expect the Cardinals to lose two in a row to start the season.
Though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are far from being the doormats they customarily have been, the Cardinals should redeem themselves at home Sunday at 1 p.m.
As a side note, unless Patrick Peterson can figure out a way to clone himself over the next few days, it wouldn't hurt the Cards to sign a cornerback off the scrap heap to keep the game from being too close.
Final score: Cardinals 38 Buccaneers 20
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-18
So much for taking two of three last weekend at home, as the Arizona Diamondbacks were swept by the Giants.
It didn't help the Diamondbacks' cause that A.J. Pollock tweaked his groin - or that backup catcher-utility player Chris Herrmann re-aggravated the hammy that had him on the DL for close to two months. This weekend, they host the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, a team that has found ways to win with young pitching and timely hitting.
Each Diamondbacks pitcher - including Friday starter Zack Greinke and especially Saturday starter Shelby Miller - has pitched at less than expectation. Sunday's starter, Robbie Ray, seems to twirl one bad inning that keeps him from dominating his opponents.
Not much less to play for this season. Jean Segura and Paul Goldschmidt will likely finish with batting averages better than .300, but for their star first baseman, it's been a tough season, with only 20 homeruns this year, his fewest since 2014 when a busted left wrist ended his season.
About the best thing going for Diamondbacks fans this weekend is Saturday night's David Peralta giveaway. Of course the way the season has gone, Peralta is on the DL.
Diamondbacks win two of four against Los Angeles.