FOOTBALL: Cienega, Salpointe, Pusch Ridge & Santa Cruz advance to semifinals

Trenton Bourguet passed the 5.000 career passing mark. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Cienega head coach Pat Nugent called it a “miracle play.”

It was a play that ultimately helped lead the top-seeded Bobcats to a 38-35 win over No. 9 Marana at home on Friday night in the 5A state quarterfinal round.

It was a classic scenario athletes often dream about. It was a play often reserved for the highlight reel. Down 21-10 to Marana in the closing seconds of the first half, Jamarye Joiner danced around the pocket a bit to give his receivers time to set up in the end zone, some 44 yards away. He let it fly…..


Tucson Career Passing Leaders
Rhett Rodriguez, Catalina Foothills 8,694 (2013-16)
Andrew Cota, Sunnyside/Salpointe, 7,554 (2010-13)
Reggie Robertson, Sahuaro 7,106 (1996-99)
Brian Chason, Tucson Christian: 6,408 (1982-85)
Adriell Alvarado, Cienega: 5,910 (2012-15)
Adam Rodriguez, Desert View: 5,774 (1985-89)
Justice Summerset, Mountain View: 5,264 (2013-15)
Trenton Bourguet, Marana: 5,102 (2015-present)


QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 1 Cienega 38, No. 9 Marana 35
No. 3 Liberty 42, No. 6 Ironwood Ridge 28

SEMIFINALS: Friday, Nov. 17
No. 1 Cienega vs. No. 4 Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
(Mountain View High School)


QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 4 Salpointe 49, No. 5 Cactus 14

SEMIFINALS: Friday, Nov. 17
No. 4 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Sunrise Mountain, 7 p.m.
(Ironwood High School)


QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 1 Pusch Ridge 42, No. 8 NW Christian 6
No. 4 Franklin 35, No. 5 Sabino 31

SEMIFINALS: Saturday, Nov. 18
No. 1 Pusch Ridge vs. No. 4 Franklin, 6:30 p.m.
(Salpointe Catholic)


QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 10
No. 4 Santa Cruz 47, No. 5 Scottsdale Christian 12

SEMIFINALS: Saturday, Nov. 18
No. 4 Santa Cruz vs. No. 1 Round Valley, 6:30 p.m.
(Fountain Hills High School)


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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