By Thayne Jackson
The Cactus Canyon Cougar football team will be playing in an away game against the Mountain Vista Wolverines on Wednesday, March 7, to determine which team will take third place in Desert Athletic Conference rankings.
The Cougars ended their regular season with a record of 4-3, due to the March 1 loss to the Wolverines. Had they won, they would have gone to the championship game.
However, the Cougars get a second shot at Mountain Vista and the team is still working hard and preparing for its very last game. While the Cougars fell one win short of their championship goal, they still have to play hard against Mountain Vista because this game still matters.
“While we fell short of reaching the championship game we did not fall short in our goal to grow collectively and individually as players and people,” said lineman coordinator Rich Milligan. “As players you often do not realize the improvement you are making day to day and week to week, but I can tell you it has been impressive watching you all grow and learn during the season. I am very excited about those players we will coach next year at the high school as well as being able to return and coach our seventh graders next year as eighth graders.”
The future of Apache Junction High School looks bright as the current eighth grades will move up to play Freshman football.
“I am very pleased with how the players reacted to our coaching this season,” said head coach Jerry Patterson. “Though I figured we would be in the championship game, we had some bad breaks in games that derailed our championship plans. I am very excited for the future of AJHS football.”
Kickoff time is for the third-place game 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at San Tan Foothills High School.