FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Cienega, Salpointe, Marana & Ironwood Ridge win

Mario Padilla (7) & Bijan Robinson. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Four big schools from Southern Arizona will live to see another week thanks to a couple of thrilling finishes from the 5A ranks and dominating performances from Cienega and Salpointe.

Starting from the top, No. 1 Cienega took care of No. 16 Fairfax, 24-6 to set up a rematch with No. 9 Marana in the 5A quarterfinal round next Friday night. If you recall, Cienega beat Marana 57-50 in a thriller way back on Aug. 25….



FIRST ROUND: Friday, Nov. 3
No. 1 Cienega 24, No. 16 Fairfax 6
No. 9 Marana 35, No. 8 Verrado 33
No. 5 Queen Creek 48, No. 12 Mountain View 20
No. 6 Ironwood Ridge 48, No. 11 Apollo 41 (2OT)

QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 9 Marana at No. 1 Cienega, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Ironwood Ridge at No. 3 Liberty, 7 p.m.


FIRST ROUND: Friday, Nov. 3
No. 4 Salpointe 42, No. 13 Pueblo 0
No. 6 Seton Catholic 29, No. 11 Catalina Foothills 22
No. 7 Peoria 33, No. 10 Walden Grove 7

QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 5 Cactus at No. 4 Salpointe, 7 p.m.


FIRST ROUND: Saturday, Nov. 4
No. 16 Wickenburg at No. 1 PUSCH RIDGE
No. 12 Fountain Hills at No. 5 SABINO
No. 14 Empire at No. 3 CASTEEL


FIRST ROUND: Saturday, Nov. 4
No. 3 Thatcher 62, No. 14 Willcox 6 (Friday)
No. 15 Bisbee at No. 2 PHOENIX CHRISTIAN, 6 p.m.
No. 13 Pima at No. 4 SANTA CRUZ, 6 p.m.

Ruben Rivera IV comes around with Dustin Archuleta (27), Damian Yrigolla (52) & Omar Ibanez (34) leading the way. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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