Football Thursday Night Week Seven: Star of the Night — Sabino’s Bell

Team in capital letters predicted winner by Andy Morales



Sabino quarterback Alex Bell (Andy Morales/

Sabino QB Alex Bell, a senior, passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in the host Sabercats’ convincing 42-0 win over a good Catalina team tonight.

Bell completed 14 of 22 pass attempts for 244 yards and did not throw an interception. His four touchdown passes were to four different receivers. He rushed for 16 yards on two carries.

Isaiah Smotherman led Sabino on the ground with 94 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown.

The Sabercats improved to 5-1 with the victory while Catalina fell to 5-2.

Sabino travels to Pusch Ridge next Friday in another big showdown. Pusch Ridge is 5-0 heading into its game at Empire tomorrow night.



Tucson (2-4) BYE
Sunnyside (1-5) BYE
Rincon/University (2-4) BYE


4A Salpointe (4-1) at CIENEGA (6-0)
— Cienega wins 30-20 FINAL
— Lancers took early lead on a Michael Sanchez 33-yard FG
— Jamarye Joiner ran in the end zone from one yard to put Cienega up 7-3.
— Cienega’s PJ Cook made a field goal from 35 yards to increase the lead to 10-3.
— Thomas Webb’s 1-yard TD run increased Cienega’s lead to 17-3.
— Sanchez’s 25-yard field goal cut the lead to 17-6.
— Gabe Madril had a TD run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 17-13.
— Terrell Hayward’s punt return for a TD increased Cienega’s lead to 24-13.
— Hayward then completed a 38-yard TD pass to Jerry White to increase the lead to 30-13.
— Salpointe’s Arturo Alcarez scored from 18 yards to cut the lead to 30-20.

IRONWOOD RIDGE (4-2) at Mountain View (5-1) Region
— Mountain View wins 28-23 FINAL
— Nick Brahler with a rushing and receiving TD for the Hawks in the first quarter.
— Edward Gastelum had a rushing TD to narrow the lead to 14-7 in the second quarter.
— Josemaria Alcala connected with Josh Hart for a 42-yard TD pass to put Mountain Lions up 21-17.
— Wyatt Adams scored on a 6-yard TD run to increase the lead to 28-17.

CHOLLA (4-3) at Desert View (3-3) Region
— Cholla wins 39-36 FINAL
— Cholla QB Jordan Porter scored the first TD on a run
— On 4th and 3, Desert View’s Salat rushed for a 54-yard touchdown to put the Jaguars up 36-32.

Buena (4-2) at SAHUARO (3-3)
— Sahuaro wins 31-21 FINAL
— Kobi Bell threw a 45-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter for Sahuaro.

Flowing Wells (1-5) at MARANA (4-2) Region
— Marana wins 55-0 FINAL
— Trenton Bourguet completed a 30-yard TD pass to Jesus Valenzuela to open the scoring. He connected on another 35-yard TD pass to Teon Simmons in the first quarter.
— Zach Roberts’ 1-yard TD plunge put Marana up 21-0.
— Valenzuela’s 60-yard punt return for a TD mounted the lead to 28-0.
— Rene Valenzuela’s 18-yard TD run in the second quarter increased the lead to 34-0
— Roberts with another rushing TD (from 15 yards) to increase the lead to 41-0.
— Alfred Ebunoha increased Marana’s scoring with a 10-yard rushing TD.
— Cody Smith’s 10-yard TD run increased the lead to 55-0 in the third quarter.


Canyon del Oro (3-3) at Catalina Foothills (5-2) Region
— Catalina Foothills wins 21-7 FINAL
— CDO’s Elijah Carey had a 55-yard TD run.
— Chris Kowalcek of Catalina Foothills had a 2-yard scoring run.
— Kowalcek’s 12-yard TD run put Catalina Foothills up 14-7 in the third quarter
— Kowalcek scores again — 21-yard TD run — to put Catalina Foothills up 21-7 in the fourth quarter.

Rio Rico (1-6) at PUEBLO (4-2) Region
— Pueblo wins 28-0 FINAL
— Ruben Rivera scored on a 1-yard run.
— Adrian Gonzalez scored on a 45-yard reverse to put Pueblo up 14-0

Douglas (0-6) at PALO VERDE (2-5) Region
— Palo Verde wins 45-34 FINAL


Catalina (5-2) at SABINO (5-1) Region
— Sabino wins 42-0 FINAL
— Sabino QB Alex Bell completed 14 of 22 pass attempts for 244 yards with four TDs and no interceptions.
— Sabino RB Isaiah Smotherman gained 94 yards on 13 carries with one TD
— Sabino WR Bennett Nottingham (five receptions for 87 yards and one TD) and Luke Moran (five receptions for 71 yards and one TD) were Bell’s primary targets.
— Six different Sabercats scored a TD — Bell (rushing TD), Smotherman, Nottingham, Moran, WR Larry Gerald and WR Jayson Petty.

TANQUE VERDE (1-6) at Santa Rita (0-5) Region
— Tanque Verde wins 59-12 FINAL


AMPHITHEATER (0-5) at 3A Sahuarita (1-4) (FRIDAY)
Nogales (2-3) at WALDEN GROVE (4-1) Region (FRIDAY)


PUSCH RIDGE (5-0) at Empire (3-2) Region (FRIDAY)


SAN MANUEL (5-1) at Benson (1-3) Region
SANTA CRUZ (4-0) at Tombstone (0-5) Region
Willcox (2-3) at BISBEE (2-3) Region


VALLEY UNION (4-2) at Baboquivari (0-5) Region
St. David (1-4) at TRIVIUM PREP (5-1) Region


1: Cienega (5-0)
2: Salpointe (5-0)
3: Ironwood Ridge (4-1)
4: Marana (3-2)
5: Mountain View (4-1)
6: Canyon del Oro (3-2)
7: Sabino (4-1)
8: Pusch Ridge (5-0)
9: Catalina Foothills (4-2)
10: Walden Grove (4-1)
11: Tucson (2-4)
12: Pueblo (3-2)
13: Sahuaro (2-3)
14: Cholla (3-3)
15: Catalina (5-1)
16: Santa Cruz (4-0)
17: Empire (3-2)
18: Buena (4-1)
19: Desert View (3-2)
20: San Manuel (5-1)

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