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Southern Arizona Class 3A & 4A football state quarterfinals capsules

Rundown of the four Southern Arizona Class 3A and 4A teams in the state playoffs that start Friday.

Stats provided by MaxPreps.com.

CLASS 4A

NO. 4 SALPOINTE CATHOLIC (10-1)

Coach: Dennis Bene (17th season, 157-41)

Bijan Robinson (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2017 schedule (bold indicates playoff games)

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
W 03 Nov vs. No. 13 Pueblo, 42-0
Friday vs. No. 5 Cactus, 7 p.m.

— QB Rodrigo Nieto has completed 63 of 114 pass attempts for 984 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Nieto also has 380 yards rushing on 64 carries.

— RB Bijan Robinson has rushed for 1,426 yards on 128 carries with 22 touchdowns. Robinson has 1,675 all-purpose yards.

— RB Mario Padilla gained 496 yards on 62 carries with 10 touchdowns in the regular season.

— WR Andrew Jacobs leads the Lancers with 24 receptions for 448 yards and four touchdowns.

— WR Langston Hampton has 17 catches for 284 yards and two touchdowns.

— LB Chris Aguirre has a team-leading 121 tackles with 11 tackles for loss.

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

2017 AIA State Football Championships Conference 4A

2017 AIA State Football Championships Conference 3A

CLASS 3A

NO. 1 PUSCH RIDGE (11-0)

Coach: Jerry Harris (Third season, 31-5)

Christian Fetsis. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2017 schedule (bold indicates playoff games)

W 25 Aug American Leadership Academy, 24-14
W 01 Sep at Walden Grove, 37-7
W 08 Sep at Safford, 51-6
W 15 Sep vs. Sahuarita, 47-7
W 22 Sep vs. Catalina Foothills, 22-20
W 29 Sep at Empire, 56-14
W 06 Oct vs. Sabino, 44-7
W 13 Oct vs. Tanque Verde, 61-0
W 20 Oct at Catalina, 62-0
W 27 Oct at Santa Rita, 68-6
W 04 Nov vs. No. 16 Wickenburg, 67-0
10 Nov vs. No. 8 Northwest Christian, 7 p.m.

— QB Christian Fetsis has completed 41 of 66 pass attempts for 1035 yards with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. Fetsis also has a team-high 897 yards rushing on 88 carries (impressive average of 10.2 yards a game) and 15 touchdowns.

— The Lions have five players with at least 400 yards rushing — Fetsis along with RB Ryan Garcia (66 carries for 525 yards with 11 touchdowns), RB Tamerat McLeod (39 carries for 512 yards with eight touchdowns), RB Dakota Haynes (45 carries for 501 yards and six touchdowns) and RB Mitch Maas (33 carries for 515 yards and six touchdowns).

— WR Turner Harris leads his Pusch Ridge with 16 receptions for 286 yards and three touchdowns.

— Maas, also a defensive back, leads the Lions with 84 tackles.

— DT Casey Way tops Pusch Ridge with 13 tackles for loss.

NO. 5 SABINO (9-2)

Coach: Ryan McBrayer (First season, 9-2)

Alex Bell (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2017 schedule (bold indicates playoff games)

W 18 Aug at Casa Grande, 34-25
W 25 Aug at Sahuaro, 41-13
L 01 Sep at American Leadership Academy, 41-27
W 15 Sep Tanque Verde, 49-0
W 22 Sep Santa Rita, 63-0
W 28 Sep Catalina, 42-0
L 06 Oct Pusch Ridge, 44-7
W 13 Oct at Sahuarita, 54-20
W 20 Oct Douglas, 42-3
W 27 Oct Empire, 69-27
04 Nov No. 12 Fountain Hills, 49-20
Friday at No. 4 Benjamin Franklin, 7 p.m.

— QB Alex Bell has completed 131 of 212 pass attempts for 2,209 yards with an incredible 34 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He has rushed 49 times for 447 yards and six touchdowns. His total yards: 2,656.

— RB Isaiah Smotherman has gained 879 yards on 113 carries with six touchdowns to lead the Sabercats.

— Bell has spread the ball at least 20 times to three different receivers — WR Bennett Nottingham (46 catches for 639 yards), WR Luke Moran (43 catches for 831 yards) and WR Larry Gerald (21 catches for 396 yards).

— LB Will Offerman leads Sabino with 50 tackles.


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