Class 3A playoffs: Sabino advances to semifinals with 48-0 win over Winslow





No. 13 Winslow (7-5) at No. 5 Sabino (11-1)

–Sabino 48-0 F

Arizona recruit Drew Dixon caught two touchdown passes from Alex Bell and threw two touchdown passes in the first half to help Sabino take a 35-0 lead in a Class 2A state quarterfinal game Saturday night.

The Sabercats rolled from there to a 48-0 victory, setting up a semifinal showdown with top seed Show Low (12-0) next Saturday at Gilbert Williams Field High School at 6:30 p.m.

Dixon capped the scoring in the first half, hitting Damen Gibson on a 21-yard touchdown pass. Sabino took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter when Dixon hit Bennett Nottingham for a 34-yard touchdown after scrambling free from Winslow’s defenders.

In the second quarter, Bell threw a 21-yard touchdown to Dixon on a fourth-and-goal play.

Taylr Killian scored on a 2-yard run to give Sabino a 28-0 lead late in the second quarter.

Bell threw two more touchdown passes in the second half, a 66-yard completion to Andrew Carlsen and 15-yard strike to Luke Moran.

Dixon had seven receptions for 138 yards in addition to completing 3 of 4 passes for 72 yards. Bell completed 18 of 30 pass attempts for 329 yards.

Carlsen had eight receptions for 157 yards.

Leading Sabino’s shutout effort, linebacker James Offerman had 12 tackles.



No. 5 Benson (10-2) at No. 4 Pima (9-3)

— Benson 35-20 F

Benson plays top seed Round Valley in the 2A semifinals next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Hills High School.

No. 6 Phoenix Christian (10-2) at No. 3 Thatcher (10-2)

— Thatcher 52-6 F

Thatcher faces Santa Cruz Valley in the other 2A semifinal at 2 p.m. next Saturday at Fountain Hills.

No. 10 Scottsdale Christian (9-3) at No. 2 Santa Cruz Valley (11-0)

–Santa Cruz Valley 62-21 F

— Santa Cruz RB Devin Neal rushed for his third touchdown of the game, a 17-yard play that put Santa Cruz ahead 38-7 with 4:33 left in the third quarter.

— Santa Cruz’s Jesus Cosillos scored on a 1-yard dive in the second quarter.

Titarro Jones had a 17-yard scoring run in the first quarter.

— Neal ran three yards for a touchdown to put Santa Cruz up 14-7 in the first quarter.

— Scottsdale Christian scored on a 17-yard pass from Jack Miller to Jacob Kaites.

Raoul Perales had a 32-yard and a 25-yard pass before Neal ran it in from 15.


FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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