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Class 4A Southern Arizona state football playoffs capsules

Rundown of the four Southern Arizona Class 4A teams in the state playoffs that start Friday.

Stats provided by MaxPreps.com.

NO. 4 SALPOINTE CATHOLIC (9-1)

Coach: Dennis Bene (17th season, 156-41)

Bijan Robinson (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

W 18 Aug St. Mary’s, 47-6
W 25 Aug at Mountain View, 34-0
W 08 Sep at Tucson (Kino Sports Complex), 27-0
W 15 Sep Sunnyside, 38-15
W 22 Sep Pueblo, 42-0
L 28 Sep at Cienega, 30-20
W 06 Oct Walden Grove, 55-7
W 13 Oct Nogales, 50-0
W 20 Oct at Catalina Foothills, 36-7
W 27 Oct at CDO, 49-21
Friday vs. No. 13 Pueblo, 7 p.m.

— QB Rodrigo Nieto has completed 59 of 107 pass attempts for 854 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Nieto also has 363 yards rushing on 62 carries.

— RB Bijan Robinson has rushed for 1,306 yards on 118 carries with 20 touchdowns. Robinson has 1,555 all-purpose yards.

— RB Mario Padilla gained 412 yards on 54 carries with eight touchdowns in the regular season.

— WR Andrew Jacobs leads the Lancers with 22 receptions for 359 yards and two touchdowns.

— WR Langston Hampton has 16 catches for 283 yards and two touchdowns.

— LB Chris Aguirre has a team-leading 110 tackles with 10 tackles for loss.

— ATH Gabe Madril has a phenomenal 20 tackles for loss.

NO. 10 WALDEN GROVE (7-3)

Coach: Corey Noble (first year, 7-3)

W 25 Aug at Rio Rico, 52-0
L 01 Sep Pusch Ridge, 37-7
W 08 Sep Santa Rita, 53-0
W 15 Sep Pueblo Magnet, 40-8
W 22 Sep at Amphi, 59-0
W 29 Sep Nogales, 48-7
L 06 Oct at Salpointe, 55-7
L 13 Oct at CDO, 53-27
W 20 Oct Flowing Wells, 35-21
W 27 Oct Catalina Foothills, 14-13
Friday at Peoria, 7 p.m.

— QB Nick Flores has completed 78 of 162 pass attempts for 1,363 yards with 13 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Flores is also second on the team with 590 yards rushing on 96 carries with 11 touchdowns. He has 1,994 total yards.

— RB Jacquez Rice leads the Walden Grove with 721 yards on 69 carries with 10 touchdowns.

— WR Ty Chapman has a team-leading 19 receptions for 455 yards.

— LB Matt Annett tops the team with 86 tackles, including eight for loss.

— S Eric Ayala and DT Adam Alavarenga each have eight tackles for loss.




NO. 11 CATALINA FOOTHILLS (6-4)

Coach: Jeff Scurran (fifth year, 40-17)

Catalina Foothills QB Chris Kowalcek (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

L 18 Aug Saguaro, 41-13
W 25 Aug at Tempe, 12-0
W 01 Sep Cholla, 56-25
W 08 Sep Flowing Wells, 52-8
W 15 Sep at Empire, 18-12
L 22 Sep at Pusch Ridge, 22-20
W 28 Sep CDO, 21-7
W 06 Oct at Nogales, 35-10
L 20 Oct Salpointe, 36-7
L 27 Oct at Walden Grove, 14-13
Friday at Seton Catholic, 7 p.m.

— QB Chris Kowalcek completed 64 of 103 pass attempts for 1,171 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. A dual-threat talent, Kowalcek has also rushed for a team-high 884 yards on 145 carries with 18 touchdowns. Kowalcek has 2,055 total yards.

— RB Dominic Bynum has 594 yards rushing on 66 carries with five touchdowns.

— RB Isaiah Bae has rushed for 474 yards on 70 carries with two touchdowns.

— WR Andrew Rhinehouse leads Catalina Foothills with 23 receptions for 529 yards and four touchdowns.

— LB Bobby Heitzinger tops the Falcons with 98 tackles.

— DE Dawson Hand leads the team with four tackles for loss.

No. 13 Pueblo (8-2)

Coach: Brandon Sanders (fourth year, 28-13)

Pueblo coach Brandon Sanders (Jose Roman Jr./AllSportsTucson.com)

W 18 Aug at Rincon/University, 58-0
W 25 Aug Sunnyside, 7-6
W 08 Sep Cholla, 66-46
L 15 Sep at Walden Grove, 40-8
L 22 Sep at Salpointe, 42-0
W 28 Sep Rio Rico, 28-0
W 06 Oct CDO, 22-17
W 13 Oct at Douglas, 28-7
W 20 Oct at Palo Verde, 21-6
W 27 Oct Amphi, 56-8
Friday at Salpointe, 7 p.m.

— QB Dominic Carillo has completed 21 of 47 pass attempts for 228 yards in Pueblo’s run-oriented offense.

— RB Ruben Rivera IV has rushed for 1,077 yards on 127 carries with 10 touchdowns. He also has a team-best nine receptions for 184 yards and a touchdown. He has 1,643 all-purpose yards.

— RB Omar Ibanez is next with 664 yards on 85 carries with nine touchdowns.

— RB Adryan Gonzales has 36 carries for 505 yards and six touchdowns.

— LB Julio Carino tops the Warriors with 93 tackles, including three for loss.

— DE Raul German and LB LeAndre Hall each have eight tackles for loss to lead their team. Hall has two sacks.


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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 CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, 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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