Kofa, Ci­bola meet for spot in re­gion cham­pi­onship

Yuma Sun - - SUN SPORTS - BY WARNER STRAUSBAUGH

It’s sea­son-sav­ing time for the YUHSD teams. Ci­bola, Kofa, Gila Ridge and Yuma High have two wins apiece and a com­bined record of 8-19. All of them have winnable games tonight, some more so than oth­ers, and one is a headto-head matchup that will de­cide who has a fight­ing chance at mak­ing the play­offs and who will be elim­i­nated from con­tention.

GAME OF THE NIGHT Kofa at Ci­bola, 7 p.m.

The Raiders are off to their worst start in a decade, and yet, still look to have a de­cent chance at mak­ing the play­offs be- cause of their di­vi­sion’s construction. The 6A South­west re­gion is di­vided into two sub-re­gions: Tuc­son and Yuma, the win­ners of which play each other for the ti­tle. Tonight’s Ci­bo­laKofa game de­ter­mines who moves on to play the top Tuc­son team.

7 p.m. to­day, Raider Field

“It’s a huge game,” Ci­bola coach Lucky Arvizo said, later adding, “When you have those in­ner-city games, they’re real un­pre­dictable go­ing in there. Our fo­cus is try­ing to ex­e­cute, make as lit­tle mis­takes as you can and win the turnover the bat­tle.”

For Kofa (2-4 AIA), its record isn’t ex­actly any­thing out of the or­di­nary like it is for Ci­bola (2-5 AIA), but it is largely a dis­ap­point­ment af­ter a five-win cam­paign a year ago. The Kings see their chance to turn their sea­son around tonight.

“The guys know ex­actly what’s rid­ing on this game,” Kofa coach Ben Franz said. “This is a big point in our sea­son. We come off a tough loss two weeks ago … but if we get a win this week and next week, the play­offs are still within grasp.”

Both teams are com­ing off a bye week, but two weeks ago against Val­ley Vista in a 28-25 loss, Arvizo thought is the best the Raiders have played all year.

One area of con­cern for Kofa will be Ci­bola’s rush­ing at­tack. Se­nior Jesse Es­cott car­ried the ball 28 times for 97 in the first half

Kofa at Ci­bola

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