REGION — Some of the local football teams will see familiar faces in the fall while others will not.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced the region realignments for the 2020 to 2022 seasons on Tuesday. Bisbee and Tombstone high schools remain in the San Pedro Region while Buena High School moves from the 5A Southern Region to the Sonoran I with five new teams.
The San Pedro region will look a little different, as Santa Rita was removed and replaced with Morenci and Pima. Both Bisbee and Tombstone played Pima last season in non-region games. Bisbee beat the Roughriders, while Tombstone lost to them. Bisbee also played Morenci last season, which provides a familiar feel for the Pumas. Morenci handed Bisbee one of their two losses last season.
“I was hoping to get Pima and Morenci back on the schedule anyway,” Bisbee head coach Brian Vertrees told the herald/Review earlier this week. “I think the San Pedro region is going to be the toughest in the 2A.”
“It’s going to be a gauntlet of competition.”
Vertrees noted Benson as one of the tougher teams in the region, crediting coach Chris Determan for always having his team ready.
Benson defeated Morenci 48-7 in their second game of the season last year but did not play Pima.
The new San Pedro region consists of six teams, instead of five: Benson, Bisbee, Morenci, Pima, Tombstone and Willcox. All of whom are familiar with one another.
Round Valley was removed from the 2A Conference, which should please the Bobcats and their fans. Round Valley defeated Benson twice last year, including in the quarter finals to eliminate them from the state playoffs. Round Valley is the reigning 2A Champions and are now in the 3A Conference.
As for St. David, they are still in the 1A South. The 1A South didn’t have any changes and still consists of: Baboquivari, Cibecue, Duncan, Fort Thomas, St. David and Valley Union.