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Southern Arizona Class 5A football state quarterfinals capsules

Rundown of the three Southern Arizona Class 5A teams in the state quarterfinals Friday.

Stats provided by MaxPreps.com.

2017 AIA State Football Championships Conference 5A

NO. 1 CIENEGA (11-0)

Coach: Patrick Nugent (fourth season, 27-7)

Jamarye Joiner (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2017 schedule (bold indicates playoff games)

W 25 Aug at Marana, 57-50
W 01 Sep vs. Shadow Ridge, 51-6
W 08 Sep vs. Nogales, 43-0
W 15 Sep at Flowing Wells, 56-14
W 22 Sep vs. Tucson (at Rincon), 51-17
W 28 Sep vs. Salpointe Catholic, 30-20
W 06 Oct at Sahuaro, 49-28
W 13 Oct at Buena, 33-10
W 20 Oct vs. Ironwood Ridge, 56-55
W 27 Oct vs. Mountain View, 41-14
W 03 Nov vs. No. 16 Betty H. Fairfax, 24-6
Friday vs. No. 9 Marana, 7 p.m.

— QB Jamarye Joiner has completed 101 of 182 pass attempts for 1,768 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has rushed for 1,029 yards and 16 touchdowns on 117 carries. Combining his passing and rushing yards, Joiner has 2,797 total yards.

— RB Geo Owens has rushed for 520 yards and three touchdowns on 56 carries.

— WR Terrell Hayward has 37 receptions for 769 yards with 10 touchdowns. Hayward has 1,806 all-purpose yards. He is also the Bobcats’ primary returner.

— WR Jerry White has 18 receptions for 387 yards with five touchdowns.

NO. 6 IRONWOOD RIDGE (8-3)

Coach: Matt Johnson (ninth year, 79-29)

Heath Beemiller (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2017 schedule (bold indicates playoff games)

W 18 Aug at Marana, 42-35
W 25 Aug at Sunnyslope, 23-9
W 01 Sep at Nogales, 41-7
W 08 Sep CDO, 24-21
L 22 Sep Queen Creek, 35-28
L 28 Sep at Mountain View, 28-23
W 06 Oct Buena, 50-15
W 13 Oct Tucson, 35-17
L 20 Oct at Cienega 56-55
W 27 Oct Sahuaro, 42-18
W 03 Nov No. 11 Apollo, 48-41
Friday at No. 3 Liberty, 7 p.m.

— QB Heath Beemiller has completed 110 of 184 pass attempts for 1,467 yards with 18 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

— RB Nick Brahler has rushed for 1,796 on 215 carries with 20 touchdowns. He has 2,100 all-purpose yards.

— Three players have at least 20 receptions — Andrew Cook (28 for 571 yards and eight touchdowns), Brahler (25 for 304 yards and five touchdowns) and Noah Pallanes (21 for 245 yards and two touchdowns).

— LB Freddie Frazier IV leads the Nighthawks with 67 tackles, including four for loss.




NO. 9 MARANA (9-2)

Coach: Andy Litten (sixth year, 36-27)

Trenton Bourguet (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2017 schedule (bold indicates playoff games)

L 18 Aug Ironwood Ridge, 35-42
L 25 Aug Cienega, 57-50
W 01 Sep McClintock, 42-13
W 08 Sep at Sahuaro, 35-7
W 22 Sep at CDO, 55-20
W 28 Sep Flowing Wells, 55-0
W 06 Oct at Cholla, 52-6
W 13 Oct at Poston Butte, 49-28
W 20 Oct Desert View, 64-16
W 27 Oct at Rincon/University, 59-3
W 03 Nov at No. 8 Verrado, 35-33
10 Nov at No. 1 Cienega, 7 p.m.

— QB Trenton Bourguet has completed 129 of 202 pass attempts for 2,702 yards with 36 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has also rushed for 292 yards on 45 carries with four touchdowns. Bourguet accounts for 2,994 total yards.

— RB Rene Valenzuela has rushed for 789 yards on 122 carries with seven touchdowns.

— RB Zach Roberts has gained 491 yards rushing on 106 carries with 12 touchdowns.

— Bourguet’s three primary targets each have at least 25 receptions — WR Diego Miranda (31 receptions for 601 yards), WR Teon Simmons (30 catches for 662 yards) and WR Jesus Valenzuela (30 receptions for 681 yards). Simmons has 1,149 all-purpose yards and Valenzuela is at 1,125.

— LB T.J. Cephers is the leading tackler with 104, including four for loss.

— DE John Morgan leads the Tigers with six tackles for loss.


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