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With a wealth of competition in the offensive backfield and the defensive secondary, plus a solid set of lineman and linebackers, the Sedona Red Rock High School football team is looking to be more competitive than it’s been in years.

The schedule, minus perennial powerhouses Winslow and Northwest Christian, may be more favorable for the Division V Scorpions, too.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association reshaped Division V and now has Sedona in Section 7 with six other teams, all of whom they play this season.

The Scorpions, however, do have games against two Division IV teams — at home against Page on Friday, Sept. 13, and at North Pointe Prep on Friday, Sept. 20.

The good news is that after graduating only five seniors from last year’s team, the Scorpions have a lot of players with varsity experience competing for just a few jobs.

“We’ve been in a position this year where we’ve actually been able to push guys to compete for positions, especially in the defensive secondary and in the backfield on offense,” fourth-year Scorpions head coach Rick Walsworth said. “We’ve got some quality guys that have experience — more than we need — to actually go out and play, so that’s been really good for those guys to have to compete for playing time.”

Walsworth said he has a big group of juniors on the team that have worked hard in the weight room for the last two years, and also has a big group of incoming freshmen.

“Our numbers are low with our seniors and sophomores, but the guys we have are real quality and they’re hard workers,” Walsworth said. “Overall this will probably be the strongest team that we’ve put on the field on Friday nights in the four years that I’ve been here.”

For the full story, please see the Friday, Aug. 30, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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