Expectations loom large for Bulldogs football

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Valley Central: Back in its traditional spot in 3A, Safford hopes to run roughshod over the competition this year.


SAFFORD – The Safford Bulldogs started out strong last year, winning its first four out of five games, but injuries and placement into the larger 4A section wore the team down and it couldn’t muster another victory.

Back in its traditional spot in 3A this year, Safford’s hopes on capturing a sectional title rest with returning skill players, such as quarterback Manuel Apricio and running back E.J. Estrada, and on the large shoulders of lineman Ralph Frias, who, at 6’7” and 300 pounds, has a good shot at playing collegiately.

Safford will be tested early and often with its first two games on the road at Payson and Sahuarita before holding its home opener Sept. 2 against rival Thatcher.


Safford Varsity Football 2016 Schedule

Date                               Opponent                     Place                    Time

Aug. 19                          Payson                          Payson                7 p.m.

Aug. 26                         Sahuarita                      Sahuarita           7 p.m.

Sept. 2                          Thatcher                       Safford                7 p.m.

Sept. 9                          Pusch Ridge                 Tucson                7 p.m.

Sept. 16                        Snowflake                     Safford                7 p.m.

Sept. 23                        Florence                       Safford                 7 p.m.

Sept. 30                        Coolidge                      Coolidge               7 p.m.

Oct. 14                     Benjamin Franklin         Safford                  7 p.m.

Oct. 21                          Globe                           Safford                   7 p.m.

Oct. 28                 American Leadership      Queen Creek         7 p.m.