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Lopez cherishing one last run with his boys

SAHUARITA – And the Week 6 Friday Football Fever Tucson Roadrunners Player of the Week award goes to Walden Grove’s Jordan Lopez.

It wasn’t a bad night for a kid who hadn’t played much defense as a varsity football player.

Lopez had a pair of interceptions, one that he returned 79 yards for a touchdown in a 49-6 victory over Glendale. He’s starting on the Red Wolves defense for the first time in his prep career.

Flip it over to the offensive side of the ball and the Sahuarita school’s leading receiver caught seven passes for 157 yards and two more scores.

Lopez, along with his quarterback twin-brother Alex and linebacker cousin Rick Avelar III, has Walden Grove off to a 4-1 start to the season.

The three cousins have been almost inseparable since they were born and their success on the football field is a by-product of some rambunctious busting of holes in the walls of the family households as kids growing up.

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The trio has helped lead the Red Wolves to 19 wins in their last 27 games including back-to-back Conference 4A playoff appearances under third-year head coach Corey Noble.

Lopez leads the team in receiving this season with 18 catches for 397 yards and six touchdowns. He has three interceptions on defense and has returned one kickoff for a score.

Walden Grove heads into their Gila Section opener against Rio Rico Friday night as the favorite to repeat as champions. The Red Wolves are 5-1 all-time against the Hawks.

WG’s week has been disrupted due to social media threats that have forced the team to cancel two practices. All schools in the Sahuarita district were closed Tuesday as a result of the threats.

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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