Lady Bulldog Mia Abalos looks for an open shot between Thatcher Olivia Lunt and Ashlyn Thompson Friday night. The Lady Eagles handed Safford a 57-32 loss. The win moves THS to 7-0 in region play and 9-2 overall. SHS is 5-2 in region and 7-5 overall.
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Florence player Mackenzie Heikes found the going tough Tuesday night as the Safford defense and scoring machine were in high gear. SHS handed the Gophers a 69-34 loss. Bulldog Brooke Lucas played well on both ends of the floor, as she led the Bulldogs with 22 points.
Thatcher senior quarterback Mark Wren tries to gain the tough yards close to the Safford end zone. Bulldog junior linebacker Christian Smith hangs on as senior Noah Bevens and junior Fernando Gonzales move in to help close the hole.
Senior Christian Smith lit up the Bulldogs’ scoreboard for the first time of the shortened 2020 season when he snagged a Round Valley pass and returned the interception for 20 yards and the number one touchdown.
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Senior CJ Scrivner finds the edge of the Round Valley defense and turns the ball up field. Scriver picked up 68 yards on 13 carries and crossed the Elk’s goal line for the Bulldogs' second touchdown of the night and of the season.
Eduardo Ogas slips past an attempted shoestring tackle by Round Valley defender Owen Young. Ogas picked up 39 tough yards on 10 carries as the Buldogs collected their first win of the season with the 14-12 defeat of the visiting Elks.
Eduardo Ogas finds running room in the open field during the Bulldogs' game against Round Valley. Ogas and the rest of the team beat Fountain Hills Thursday night after their game against San Tan was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Brady Wiley makes first contact on the Round Valley runner and Jerick Arbizo moves into seal the deal. The Bulldogs' efforts drew praise from first-year head coach John O’Mera, “The neat thing is both sides of the ball fought hard for four quarters against a good football team.”