2022 Southern Arizona High School Football Schedules – Mica Mountain Thunderbolts

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Pat Nugent will coach Mica Mountain in his first full season at the college level in 2022 — his 20th season overall as head coach (Andy Morales/AllsportsTucson.com)

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MICA MOUNTAIN LIGHTNING

RECORD 2021: 3-3

Mica Mountain schedule graphic created by Chris Kidney of Southern Arizona Football (SOAZ)
  • Mica mountain trainer Pat Nugent enters his 20th season as head coach in 2022, leading the Thunderbolts in their first full college season. The school is in its third year of existence. Nugent has a career record of 141-60 with stints at Flowing Wells, CDO and Cienega before helping lead Mica Mountain from his debut.
  • Nugent is ambitious with his schedule in 2022 knowing that power points ultimately determine a playoff spot.
  • Its out-of-region program includes Ironwood Ridge, Bradshaw Mountain, Poston Butte, Catalina Foothills and Salpointe. Those programs were combined 41-19 last season and Poston Butte (4A) and Salpointe (5A) advanced to state championship games at their standings. Both programs were 11-3. Bradshaw Mountain qualified for the 4A playoffs after beating Mica Mountain 36-7 at home in the regular season finale last year.
  • Mica Mountain is in the 4A Kino which includes CDO, a school where Nugent once coached and which has nearly everyone returning from last season’s 7-5 squad that advanced to the 4A quarter-finals after a 0-3 start. This home game on Nov. 11 in the regular season finale could very well determine the 4A Kino title. The Dorados are trained by Dustin Peacewho played for Nugent at Flowing Wells and was on Nugent’s staff at the CDO before becoming the head coach in 2009.
  • Other regional Thunderbolts games include home games against Empire (October 14) and Douglas (October 21) and road games against Pueblo (October 28) and Vista Grande (November 4).

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