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High School football: CDO/Mica Mountain lives up to hype; Dorados last unbeaten Tucson-area team

Canyon del Oro stuffed late a two-point conversion try by previously-unbeaten Mica Mountain Friday night, sealing a 17-15 win over the visiting Thunderbolts in Oro Valley — and propelling the Dorados into next week as the only Tucson area high school football team still unbeaten this season.Entering Friday, the Class 4A Dorados and Thunderbolts, as well as 6A Salpointe Catholic, were 6-0.CDO is now 7-0 while Mica Mountain fell to 6-1 with the loss in what was correctly billed as the game of the week going in; Salpointe, m...

Canyon del Oro stuffed late a two-point conversion try by previously-unbeaten Mica Mountain Friday night, sealing a 17-15 win over the visiting Thunderbolts in Oro Valley — and propelling the Dorados into next week as the only Tucson area high school football team still unbeaten this season.

Entering Friday, the Class 4A Dorados and Thunderbolts, as well as 6A Salpointe Catholic, were 6-0.

CDO is now 7-0 while Mica Mountain fell to 6-1 with the loss in what was correctly billed as the game of the week going in; Salpointe, meanwhile, also lost for the first time in 2023, dropping to 6-1 after being blown out 49-0 on the road at Peoria Liberty.

CDO’s Sa’Kylee Woodard getting into the backfield for a sack on Mica Mountain’s late two-point try proved the biggest play in a game that had a number of key moments, even despite the relatively low score.

“Man, there’s so many, just, feelings running through my body. That was a very emotional game,” Woodard said. “Vengeance. We had a lot on our slate. We’ve been preparing since we took the “L” last year.

“For me to get a moment and an opportunity to make a play, it feels surreal,” he added. “I felt it coming. I was telling myself — I was shaking on the line — I was like, ‘I’m about the make the play. I need to. I need to.”

The Dorados and Thunderbolts traded first-quarter touchdowns (CDO’s a 4-yard run by Kayden Luke; MM on a 10-yard catch by Jack Bradley) and went into the half with Mica Mountain up 7-6.

With the Thunderbolts leading 10-7 (thanks to a 22-yard Landon Hubbard field goal late in the third) heading into the fourth, that’s when CDO coach Dustin Peace went into his back of tricks. Reece Douglas would kick a 21-yard field goal to put the Dorados up, 10-9, but only after that was set up by a 46-yard halfback pass from Chase Laux to Chance Cassell.

“I’m not a trick play kind of guy. You just kind of have that one tucked away. Sometimes you never even use it all year. We thought we’d use it on that,” Peace said. “Worked out. Kind of opened up the game a little bit for us and got us closer to where we needed to be.”

A few minutes later, Luke scored for a second time, putting CDO up 17-9 after the Douglas extra point.

Down eight, Mica Mountain pushed the ball into CDO territory, eventually putting six on the board after Jayden Thoreson threw a 3-yard touchdown to tight end Jimmy Leon.

That’s when Woodard and the CDO defensive front put an end to the Thunderbolts’ efforts to tie the game in the waning seconds, stuffing that fateful two-point try to send the Dorados winners at 7-0.

Thoreson ended the night completing 15 of 24 passes for 202 yards and a pair of touchdown throws in defeat for the Thunderbolts, while Luke carried the bulk of the load for the Dorados, finishing with 151 yards on 27 carries and those two touchdowns.

“It kind of lived up to that close game that we thought it was going to be,” Peace said of the matchup of teams both likely to have something to say about how the Class 4A championship will play out later this season.

In Salpointe’s loss in Peoria, the Lancers fell behind 28-0 late in the first quarter against Liberty, the No. 1 team in the Arizona Republic’s Super 10 ranking for much of the 2023 season.

Facing one of the best pair of edge-rushing duos in the state in Salpointe’s Keona Wilhite and Elijah Rushing, Liberty allowed zero sacks in the shutout of the overmatched Lancers.

Here’s the entire high school football scoreboard(compiled from the Arizona Republic, MaxPreps and other sources), representing teams from Tucson and surrounding communities in play during Week 9:

Liberty (6-1) 49, Salpointe Catholic (6-1) 0

Tucson (2-5) 28, Maricopa (3-4) 14

Mountain View (3-4) 60, Nogales (0-7) 7

Sunnyside (4-3) 12, Cienega (3-4) 3

Amphitheater (5-3) 47, Rincon/University (2-5) 13

Canyon del Oro (7-0) 17, Mica Mountain (6-1) 15

Sahuarita (1-5) vs. Cholla (3-4), score not reported

Douglas (4-3) 21, Rio Rico (3-4) 7

Walden Grove (5-2) 42, Pueblo (3-4) 7

Pusch Ridge Christian (6-2) 31, Coolidge (4-5) 20

Sabino (6-2) 42, ALA West Foothills (6-2) 21

Benson (4-4) 56, Catalina (3-5) 6

Willcox (4-4) 47, Palo Verde (1-7) 13

Tanque Verde (6-2) 26, Bisbee (5-3) 8

Hispanic Heritage Month: Inca's Peruvian Cuisine in the Foothills serves a family legacy

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Fatima Campos watched her chef prepare the traditional Peruvian dish lomo saltado, the fire, a big blaze that tenderized the meat and cooked the vegetables.

Campos helped her pour the dish onto a plate, garnishing the top of it.

As the owner of Inca’s Peruvian Cuisine, a lot of the recipes she has on her menu come from her mother-in-law.

“That’s how we keep her legacy in our recipes,” Campos said.

Speaking with her customers in both Spanish and English, she wants them to feel as if they took a quick trip to Peru through her food.

The recipes on her menu also include her famous pisco sours, Campos adding her just as famous line, “Adios Margarita! Hola Pisco sour!”

However, even though she’s serving up Peruvian food, her story started in Chihuahua, Mexico, where she was born. In 1991, she moved to Texas and years later she moved to Tucson.

“I learned the language which is still a little bit difficult. My accent is still like very remarkable but it was a challenge,” she said.

She opened Inca’s in 2009 and it has been featured on various media outlets, including Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

The signed poster by Fieri could be seen on the restaurant’s wall along with other accolades, and her episode is on repeat at her restaurant.

When it comes to the opportunities she got in America that she may not have gotten in Mexico, she said having her own business, a good education for her kids, and a beautiful family are things she values.

Her son Luis Campos works at the restaurant as the general manager, carrying on his mother’s legacy, which can easily be seen through his friendly smile and by speaking to customers in both Spanish and English.

“We get to learn how each of us works. We learn from our mistakes. We learn from one another what works well,” Luis Campos said.

The Campos family attributes their success to hard work, something evident in Fatima that she has carried over to the U.S. from Mexico.

That hard work, she’s hoping, will also lead her to open a second Inca’s location in downtown Tucson sometime in the near future.

“It’s so important to pour a little bit of our best to the United States community and I’m so grateful that I had that opportunity,” she said.

——-Andrew Christiansen is a reporter for KGUN 9. Before joining the team, Andrew reported in Corpus Christi, Texas for KRIS6 News, Action 10 News and guest reported in Spanish for Telemundo Corpus Christi. Share your story ideas with Andrew by emailing andrew.christiansen@kgun9.com or by connecting on Facebook, or Twitter.

Birria in Tucson: where to get it inside tacos, made with goat and atop pizza and burgers

From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Juan Almanza is cooking birria.Every two days, Almanza cooks 250 pounds of birria for his restaurant, El Taco Rustico. At the end of the six-to-seven-hour-long process, Almanza has made some of Tucson’s favorite birria.Growing up in Coahuila, Mexico, which borders Texas, Almanza started cooking when he was 12. Since then, he has worked in the food industry perfecting his birria recipe.At first, Almaza used five to 10 in...

From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Juan Almanza is cooking birria.

Every two days, Almanza cooks 250 pounds of birria for his restaurant, El Taco Rustico. At the end of the six-to-seven-hour-long process, Almanza has made some of Tucson’s favorite birria.

Growing up in Coahuila, Mexico, which borders Texas, Almanza started cooking when he was 12. Since then, he has worked in the food industry perfecting his birria recipe.

At first, Almaza used five to 10 ingredients in his birria. Now, he uses over 30. His recipe is also so complicated that only one other employee at El Rustico knows how to make it.

Over on Tucson’s south side, Rollies Mexican Patio is also known for their delicious birria dishes, winning the best birria title in Tucson’s Weekly’s Best Of awards three years in a row. Mateo Otero, the owner of the restaurant, remembers birria being part of every major family party.

When he went on to create a catering business, he learned how to make the dish due to its demand. After watching other people cook it, learning their recipes, Otero crafted his own, mastering the balance between the flavors and spices.

Eventually, Otero opened Rollies, which became the first restaurant in Arizona to sell ramen birria. At one point, Otero said they were making 400 ramen packages on Thursdays — one of the two days in the week that the ramen is available — due to the demand.

Whether you’re going to El Rustico or Rollies, birria has been a staple in Tucson for decades. It’s hard to resist the tender beef (or sometimes goat), spices and flavor that come with every bite. Local chefs have created everything from cheesy tacos, burgers and pizza with the traditional Mexican dish, transforming it into a whole new meal while keeping its same savory taste.

Below are just a few authentic and creative places that will satisfy your birria craving.

2281 N. Oracle Road

When asked who has the best birria in town, many Tucsonans will mention El Rustico — and for good reason. El Rustico got its start at the Tohono O’odham Swap Meet, before moving into a building near Grant and Oracle roads during the pandemic. Despite opening during a time when people weren’t leaving their houses, El Rustico managed to become a local favorite. The restaurant was even listed as one of Yelp’s top 100 US taco spots.

Here, you can get birria tacos, quesabirria tacos and birria soup.

457 W. Irvington Road

If you’re looking for authentic birria made with goat, this food truck has you covered. El Chivo de Oro offers both goat and beef birria tacos and soup. While some may be wary of goat since it can be gamey, the birria at Chivo de Oro is cooked to perfection.

The tacos have great flavor and a nice spicy kick — I couldn’t tell I was eating goat. The homemade flour tortillas were the cherry on top.

5553 E. Grant Road

In recent years, I’ve noticed quesabirria has been rising in popularity. Quesabirria tacos consist of dipping tortillas in broth, then cooking the tortillas with birria and cheese inside. In the end you get a cheesy birria taco that you get to dip into the leftover consommé.

I’ve had a lot of quesabirria tacos — and the ones at Amelia’s Mexican Kitchen were unbelievable, in the best way possible. They were the perfect ratio of cheese to birria and had a spicy flavor that wasn’t too overbearing.

2195 W. Drexel Road

When looking on Reddit for birria suggestions, I saw recommendations for this hidden gem. I was not disappointed.

At Birrieria Los Toros, they make tacos and soup with both beef and goat. My tacos were stuffed with plenty of birria, which made each bite feel like birria heaven.

4573 S. 12th Ave.

Like El Rustico, Rollies is another fan favorite in Tucson, with many enjoying their birria and quesabirria. While their birria is bomb, Rollies is also known for their birria ramen, which gets served every Thursday and Saturday. Ramen noodles, shredded beef, onions and cilantro are all mixed together in birria broth for this unique take on the traditional dish. Top it off with some lime and Rollie’s birria ramen has a taste like no other.

Rollies also serves birria burros, flat enchiladas and what they call a pizzadilla.

6502 E. Tanque Verde Road

When I first heard about Zio Peppe’s birria pizza, I was skeptical. I couldn’t picture pizza and birria being a match — until I tried it. Upon taking the first bite, my mind was instantly changed.

Dipping the cheese pizza, which is topped with El Rustico's birria, onions and cilantro, into the broth brings the dish to a whole other level. This pizza is one of my favorite dishes in Tucson.

135 S. Sixth Ave.

The quesabirria smash burger at The Delta is no joke. This massive burger is made with a smashed patty topped with El Rustico's birria, cheese, pico de gallo, avocado salsa and consommé on the side.

The host at the restaurant said this burger is ordered frequently and is a favorite among customers and employees.

10290 E. Speedway

Birria is so good, everyone should be able to enjoy it.

520 Taco Stop has a vegan option for their quesabirria tacos. Although I am not vegan, I was pleasantly surprised. The tacos had the same great flavor and the meat substitution had a nice texture.

American Eat Co., 1439 S. Fourth Ave.

Monster Sonoran Hot Dogs has every birria combination you can dream of. Birria tops Takis, tots, hot dogs, ramen and mozzarella sticks. There's even birria stuffed into a grilled cheese sandwich.

How a humble hot dog cart became a Midtown staple

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — There are Sonoran Dog carts all over Tucson, usually parked on dirt, gravel or in the middle of a parking lot.

El Sinaloense in Tucson’s Garden District has become a neighborhood favorite.

“Produce from Nogales,” said owner Norberto ‘Beto’ Maciel.

“We cut everything fresh every day… Tomato, onion, everything. The bun is fresh. Everything we do, fresh.”

Maciel calls them ‘Sinaloense Dogs,’ named after his friend from the Mexican state of Sinaloa.

Fifteen years ago, that friend inspired Maciel to move from Michoacán, Mexico to Tucson.

Since then, he’s owned the hot dog cart near Pima and Alvernon.

“Never work another job, only here,” he told KGUN. “We use the same bun all the 15 years and the same hot dog and bacon, everything, the same…”

Maciel says it's about a 50/50 split between his customers ordering in English or Spanish.

“It makes it easy for us to stop in for a quick hot dog, and chow down and get back to work,” said customer Kevin Clymer.

“It was my father who originally brought us here the first time,” added customer Ken Demoranville. “He loved this place. And we’ve been to a lot of the hot dog stands around Tucson, and I think out of all of ‘em, they have the best hot dogs right here.”

Maciel also caters a handful of local parties and events every week, and sometimes for the staff at Tucson’s schools and hospitals.

Through it all, he’s dealt with unpredictable weather and predictably long hours.

“Lot of rain, shine, wind is loud,” he said. “Very hard sometimes. But I appreciate all my customers and neighborhood.”

In turn, the neighborhood has made this seemingly nomadic stand a permanent fixture.

“I hope this place stays open forever,” said Clymer.

——-Ryan Fish is an anchor and reporter for KGUN 9 and comes to the Sonoran Desert from California’s Central Coast after working as a reporter, sports anchor and weather forecaster in Santa Barbara. Ryan grew up in the Chicago suburbs, frequently visiting family in Tucson. Share your story ideas and important issues with Ryan by emailing ryan.fish@kgun9.com or by connecting on Facebook and Twitter.

Local opinion: TUSD’s bond initiative matters for us all

Whether or not you have children who attend a Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) school, it’s wise to care about the district’s facilities, performance, and its upcoming bond initiative, Prop 496.Tucson is a special place. I have had the privilege of living here for almost 50 years, I have owned businesses in Tucson, served on numerous boards in the community, and my wife and I raised our two children here. Now semi-retired, we enjoy traveling and are involved in various community activities. One might assume that we ar...

Whether or not you have children who attend a Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) school, it’s wise to care about the district’s facilities, performance, and its upcoming bond initiative, Prop 496.

Tucson is a special place. I have had the privilege of living here for almost 50 years, I have owned businesses in Tucson, served on numerous boards in the community, and my wife and I raised our two children here. Now semi-retired, we enjoy traveling and are involved in various community activities. One might assume that we are no longer particularly concerned about the condition of our region’s largest school district, TUSD.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Although it has been many years since our children attended TUSD schools, I still care deeply about the district and its success. It’s in all of our best interest to care.

In many ways, our region’s economic prosperity is directly linked to our largest school district. TUSD has more than 40,000 K-12 students and many of the graduates each year go on to become part of the area’s workforce. They are hired into positions in healthcare, hospitality, transportation, construction, retail, and many other business sectors. Given the persistent labor shortages these days, it’s important that we help ensure that students receive a high-quality education and are well prepared for entry into the labor force. And it follows that when people are employed, they are less likely to experience poverty and more likely to contribute to the economy and to society.

A successful school district also contributes to the stability of property values within that district’s boundaries. A report by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that for every dollar spent on public schools in a community, home values increased $20. This means that investment in public schools benefits everyone in the community, whether residents have children in the local school system or not.

TUSD is seeking support in the upcoming election for approval of a $480 million bond package that will impact every school in the district. In addition to addressing long-standing deferred maintenance issues, bond proceeds will also fund updated technologies that support specialized curricula in science, career/technical education programs, as well as the arts.

School safety and security is another important element of this bond package. It will fund new security measures at each school, which are essential in providing a safer learning environment. Examples of these improvements include additional fencing, cameras, safety doors, classroom door locks, alarms, and other security systems. Parents should not have to worry about their child’s safety when in school, and these improvements will help provide peace of mind.

A key feature of Prop 496 is that it includes a transparency and accountability mechanism. It will establish an oversight committee, subject to state open meeting laws, made up of community members who will volunteer to oversee expenditures, timelines, and the completion of projects.

The cost of the bond for residential owners is $68.78 annually per $100,000 in property value. This is a sound investment in our schools, and in our community’s future. The website for the bond proposal and its proposed projects can be found at: https://bond2023.tusd1.org/

Whether you have school age children, or you’re retired like me, the strength and success of TUSD matters to us all. Prop 496 will help students be better prepared for their futures and help ensure a higher quality of life. It will strengthen the workforce pipeline and support future employment in jobs that impact us all every day, and it will improve property values in our neighborhoods. The success of our community begins with the success of our schools.

Please join me in voting yes on Prop 496.

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