….Cienega played for a D-II state championship in 2011 and the Bobcats had a semifinal finish in 2014. A 10-year streak of making the playoffs was broken with a 5-5 record in 2013 and the program missed the playoffs last year when first-year head coach Pat Nugent led the team to a 4-6 record. It was a difficult season but Nugent closed it out with three straight wins, including a 34-31 win over Salpointe to knock the Lancers out of the playoffs.
Nugent was the architect behind the Ka’Deem Carey-Canyon del Oro era before moving over to coach in the junior college level so it was only a matter of time before he had the Bobcats winning again and he put together the longest win-streak (15 in a row) in school history leading up to the loss to Centennial….
FRIDAY NOV. 18
4A FOOTBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Salpointe lost to No. 1 Saguaro, 24-3
No. 6 Catalina Foothills beat No. 2 Higley, 62-37
5A FOOTBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Cienega lost to No. 5 Centennial, 56-21
SATURDAY NOV. 19
2A FOOTBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 2 Santa Cruz vs. No. 3 Thatcher, 2 p.m. at Fountain Hills
No. 5 Benson vs. No. 1 Round Valley, 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Hills
3A FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS
No. 5 Sabino vs. No. 1 Show Low, 6:30 p.m. at Williams Field
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
4A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 6 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 1 Saguaro, 10 a.m.
(University of Phoenix Stadium)
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com