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5A Sono­ran

The teams: Tuc­son Cholla, Tuc­son Desert View, Tuc­son Em­pire, Tuc­son Flow­ing Wells, Marana Moun­tain View, Tuc­son Rin­con.

The fa­vorite: Moun­tain View. Los­ing WR Josh Hart (trans­ferred to Sal­pointe) hurts, but this team is deep enough to still come out on top. Watch out: Rin­con. Maybe the move down from 6A will fuel the fire.

The star: Moun­tain View LB Calib McRae, se­nior, 6-1, 219. Pow­er­ful pres­ence in the mid­dle of the de­fense, forc­ing turnovers. Key date: Aug. 16 -Moun­tain View plays host to Oro Val­ley Iron­wood Ridge in the first game of the sea­son for any­body in the state and the only game played on Thurs­day.

5A South­ern

The teams: Sierra Vista Buena, Iron­wood Ridge, Vail Cienega, Marana, No­gales, Tuc­son Sun­ny­side.

The fa­vorite: Cienega. If a quar­ter­back emerges, this team could do as well as last year.

Watch out: Marana. QB Tren­ton Bour­guet is on the verge of be­com­ing most pro­lific passer in South­ern Ari­zona his­tory. The star: Cienega WR/ DB/KR Ter­rell Hay­ward, se­nior, 5-10, 160. Mov­ing this game changer from cor­ner to safety will make him a greater fac­tor on de­fense.

Key date: Sept. 7 -- Cienega trav­els to play 5A de­fend­ing state cham­pion Peo­ria Cen­ten­nial.

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