Football

FOOTBALL: Sabino & Catalina Foothills plus championship history and notes

Drew Dixon in his final game before becoming a Wildcat (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Drew Dixon in his final game before becoming a Wildcat (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

SATURDAY NOV. 19

2A FOOTBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 2 Santa Cruz lost to No. 3 Thatcher, 27-26 (OT)
No. 5 Benson lost to No. 1 Round Valley, 37-8

3A FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS
No. 5 Sabino beat No. 1 Show Low, 23-21

SATURDAY, NOV. 26

4A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 6 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 1 Saguaro, 10 a.m.
(University of Phoenix Stadium)

3A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 5 Sabino vs. No. 3 American Leadership, 6:30 p.m.
(Chaparral High School)

SABINO vs. AMERICAN LEADERSHIP at AZPreps365.com

SABINO FILE

State Championships
1990: 4A (Jeff Scurran)
1992: 4A (Jeff Scurran)
1998: 4A (Jeff Scurran)

State Runner-ups
1997: 4A (Jeff Scurran)
1999: 5A (Jeff Scurran)
2005: 4A-I (Jay Campos)
2006: 4A-I (Jay Campos)
2009: 4A-I (Jay Campos)

CATALINA FOOTHILLS vs. SAGUARO at AZPreps365.com

JEFF SCURRAN FILE

State Championships
1990: 4A Sabino
1992: 4A Sabino
1998: 4A Sabino

State Runner-ups
1997: 4A Sabino
1999: 5A Sabino
2008: 4A-II Santa Rita
2009: 4A-II Santa Rita

Rhett Rodriguez is also a future Wildcat (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Rhett Rodriguez is also a future Wildcat (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES

The last time two or more football teams from Southern Arizona played for a state championship in the same year was 2009: Canyon del Oro, Sabino, Santa Rita and Willcox.

Willcox lost the 2A championship to Valley Christian, Santa Rita lost the 4A championship to Cactus and CDO beat Sabino in the 4A-I championship game.

Jeff Scurran was the coach at Santa Rita and Jay Campos led Sabino.

2001 was the last time two teams from Southern Arizona won a state championship. Sunnyside won the 4A title over Greenway and St. David won the 1A championship over Joseph City.

1976 was the last time two Tucson teams won a state championship. Tucson Deaf & Blind (ASDB) won the 1A championship and CDO won the 4A title.

1976 was the last time two “big schools” from Tucson won. Flowing Wells won the 4A title and Amphi won the 5A championship.

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

Tucson High (13)
1912: (James Fred “Pop” McKale)
1929: (Charles McFarland)
1937: (Rollin T. Gridley)
1942: (Rollin T. Gridley)
1943: (Rollin T. Gridley)
1944: (Rollin T. Gridley)
1945: (Rollin T. Gridley)
1951: (Jason Greer)
1952: (Jason Greer)
1965: 5A (John Mallamo)
1966: 5A (John Mallamo)
1970: 5A (Ollie Mayfield)
1971: 5A (Ollie Mayfield)

St. David (8)
1960: 1A (Jim Crawford)
1972: 1A (Jim Crawford)
1977: 1A (Jim Crawford)
1979: 1A (Jim Crawford)
1997: 1A (John Bryant)
1998: 1A (John Bryant)
2000: 1A (John Bryant)
2001: 1A (John Bryant)

Santa Cruz (7)
1965: 3A (Lonnie Foster)
1966: 3A (Lonnie Foster)
1969: 3A (Lonnie Foster)
1978: 3A (Jay Denton)
1979: 3A (Eddie Jones)
1980: 3A (Jim Ewan)
1990: 2A (Jay Denton)

Canyon del Oro (3)
1976: 4A (Bob Smith)
1977: 4A (Bob Smith)
2009: 4A-I (Dusty Peace)

Marana (3)
1964: 2A (Duane Morrison)
1967: 2A (Don Hawkins)
1968: 2A (Don Hawkins)

Patagonia (3)
1987: 1A (Bill House)
1988: 1A (Bill House)
1991: 1A (Bill House)

Sabino (3)
1990: 4A (Jeff Scurran)
1992: 4A (Jeff Scurran)
1998: 4A (Jeff Scurran)

Valley Union (3)
1985: 1A (Gary Mauldin)
1986: 1A (Gary Mauldin)
2007: 1A (Tony Luzania)

Amphitheater (2)
1975: 5A (Jerry Loper)
1979: 5A (Vern Friedli)

Palo Verde (2)
1973: 5A (Van Howe)
2005: 4A-II (Todd Mayfield)

Sunnyside (2)
2001: 4A (Richard Sanchez)
2003: 4A (Richard Sanchez)

ASDB (Tucson Deaf and Blind) (1)
1976: 1A (John Milford)

Flowing Wells (1)
1975: 4A (Larry Hart)

Ironwood Ridge (1)
2012: D-II (Matt Johnson)

Mountain View (1)
1993: 4A (Wayne Jones)

Pueblo (1)
1961: 5A (Lou Farber)

Pusch Ridge (1)
2015: D-IV (Troy Cropp)

Sahuaro (1)
1994: 4A (Howard Breinig)

Salpointe (1)
2013: D-II (Dennis Bene)

San Manuel (1)
1981: 3A (Damon Becker)

Suffolk Hills (Immaculate Heart) (1)
1982: 1A (Steve Sorce)

Willcox (1)
1982: 2A (Paul Hanley)

FOLLOW @ANDYMORALES8 ON TWITTER!

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

 

frog

print

To Top