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Despite a hard push in the first quarter, the Mingus Union High School football team failed to avenge its 61-17 regular season defeat Oct. 28 by Peoria’s Sunrise Mountain High School during a
49-6 loss Nov. 4, booting the Marauders out of the first round of the playoffs.Mingus Union High School senior Juan Ruiz, No. 18, center, looks for running room after taking a handoff from senior quarterback Trey Meyer, left in a Marauders game earlier this season. In the first round game of the playoffs against Sunrise Mountain High School, Ruiz had 24 yards  on 12 carries, plunging through defenders. Meyer had five completions on nine attempts for 79 yards. The Marauders lost 49-6.

The Marauders came out eager, garnering a holding penalty on the opening kickoff and were plagued by penalties throughout the game, giving the Mustangs extra yardage.

A short running game on the first drive led to long pass to Sunrise’s Angel Ruiz, and a 15-yard penalty for a late hit on the quarterback placed the ball inside the 20-yard line.

It will be deja vu for the Mingus Union High School football team Friday, but the Marauders are hoping it’s not deja vu all over again.

After getting thoroughly dominated by Sunrise Mountain High School, 61-17, in Peoria, Friday, Oct. 28, the Marauders will face Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Friday, Nov. 4.

Despite the loss, Mingus [6-4] secured a playoff spot as the 14th seed in the 16-team 4A championship, but as fate and the Arizona Interscholastic Association would have it, they are matched against the Mustangs, who are seeded third.

Led by junior Tyler Kelly’s four touchdowns, Mingus Union High School easily took down Flagstaff High School, 49-14, in the Walkup Skydome on the campus of Northern Arizona University Friday, Oct. 14.Michael Rinker/Larson Newspapers

The win improved the Marauders’ record to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Grand Canyon Region, where the trail only Bradshaw Mountain High School, which is 4-0.

A tight, hard-hitting game between long-time rivals followed script for a half before Bradshaw Mountain High School asserted itself in the third quarter and put away Mingus Union High School, winning 27-14 and taking over the top spot in Grand Canyon region. Mingus fell to third.Senior running back Jason Groth, shown here in a game earlier this season, led Mingus Union High School in rushing in the Marauders 27-14 loss at Bradshaw Mountain High School Friday, Sept. 30. He also scored a touchdown.

The two teams played a scoreless first quarter, but just barely.

The Bears [4-2, 2-0], starting at their own 20-yard line after MUHS kicker Trey Meyer booted the opening kickoff into the end zone for a touchback, advanced past midfield during an 11-play drive.

Flagstaff has nothing on Cottonwood, at least when it comes to football.Senior quarterback Trey Meyer reads the defense as he fakes a handoff to senior Juan Ruiz in a Mingus Union High School game earlier this season. The Marauders on Friday, Oct. 21, dominated visiting Coconino High School, 78-6, as Meyer completed six of eight passes for three touchdowns, including one to Ruiz, and ran for two other scores.

Mingus Union High School completed its two-game sweep of Flagstaff schools, Friday, Oct. 21, with a 78-6 victory over visiting Coconino High School in a game that — wait for it — wasn’t as close as the score would indicate.

Senior running backs Juan Ruiz and Jason Groth combined for nearly 300 yards on the ground to power Mingus Union High School to a 48-12 win over visiting Prescott on Friday, Oct. 7.Tyler Kelly carries the ball during Mingus Union High School’s 48-12 win over visiting Prescott High School Friday, Oct. 7. The junior ran for 36 yards on three carries, and had an interception and a quarterback sack.

The victory improves the Mauraders’ record to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Grand Canyon Region, second to Bradshaw Mountain High School at 3-0.

Mingus was impressive in a bounce-back game after losing to the Bears the previous week.

Homecoming at Mingus Union High School was more pinball game than football game Friday, Sept. 23.Senior running back Juan Ruiz slices through the Thunderbirds’ defense. Ruiz ran for two long touchdowns within a minute and a half.

Jason Groth, Juan Ruiz and Alejandro Stabreff repeatedly bounced off Mohave High School tacklers to light up the Bright Field scoreboard, 42-10, and make the Marauders the 4A Conference’s first 2-0 team in the Grand Canyon Region.

“Typical Mingus running backs,” said head coach Bob Young, who has won his third straight after losing his first two games to open the season. “We’ve always liked to have guys that are strong, work hard in the weight room, run hard down the field and they’re fast.”

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