TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - For the ninth straight season Coaches for Charity will stage a Kickoff Classic to commence the 2019 high school football season in Southern Arizona.
Eight teams will square off in the four signature games beginning on Thursday night with Flowing Wells travelling north to take on Canyon del Oro.
The Caballeros are in their first season under new head coach Scott Cortese. The Dorados will not have top rusher Stevie Rocker for the game due to am injured leg.
Spotlight games to be held Friday include:
- Maryvale at Tucson
- Buena at Catalina Foothills
- Rio Rico at Pusch Ridge
The Falcons also have a new coach this season in Darrius Kelly. How fitting his 1st game is against none other than the Colts, his alma mater. The defensive back played collegiately at Pima before going on to Syracuse.
Former UA Football player Julius Holt (’82) was the keynote speaker at the Coaches for Charity Kickoff Luncheon last Saturday as the Signature Coach Award recipient. He is the commissioner of the Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation which will commence its 50th anniversary season on Saturday.
24 Southern Arizona teams will be in action in this Week 1.
Matt Johnson will coach his first game at Mountain View against his former school Ironwood Ridge. Johnson won a state title with the Nighthawks in 2012.
Louie Ramirez begins his second season at Marana Friday night as the Tigers welcome in Phoenix Horizon.
In other games on Friday:
- Willcox at Lordsburg
- Fort Thomas at Baboquivari
- Tanque Verde at Douglas
- Sahuaro at Vista Grande
- Sierra Linda at Rincon-University
- Mayer at St. David
- Nogales at Cholla
- Sahuarita at Santa Cruz Valley
- Palo Verde at Casa Grande
- Sunnyside at Campo Verde
- Buckeye at Amphitheater
All games start at 7pm.
Coaches for Charity awards academic scholarships to students/athletes of all abilities and provides support to community organizations.