COOLIDGE — Coming off a big win against Phoenix Christian, the Coolidge football team didn’t know what to expect coming into last Friday night’s game. After all, their opponent hadn’t played a varsity game, ever.
Coolidge (2-3) traveled to Tucson to face the brand new Mica Mountain football team (1-0), which so far this year had only played games at the junior varsity level. It was quite the debut for Mica, however, especially on defense as they defeated the Bears 13-7.
Kaspen Colbert led the way for Mica, gaining 158 yards on only 15 carries as part of a team rushing attack that included eight ball carriers who combined for 243 yards. Freshman quarterback Jayden Thoreson went 8-12 for 106 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The Coolidge offense, meanwhile only gained 117 yards of total offense. Coming off a 366-yard performance a week prior, Tad Lunch carried the ball 15 times for 51 yards. The Bears’ lone touchdown came from quarterback Connor Ferguson running it in.
After a long, three-game road trip, the Bears will finally return home on Friday to face local rival and defending 2A state champions Santa Cruz Valley (2-3), which itself is trying to turn its season around as they come in with a three-game losing streak.