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Class 5A-3A state semifinal capsules involving Southern Arizona teams

Rundown of the Southern Arizona teams remaining in the Class 5A, 4A and 3A state semifinals Friday and Saturday.

Stats provided by MaxPreps.com.

2017 AIA State Football Championships Conference 5A

CLASS 5A

NO. 1 CIENEGA (12-0)

Coach: Patrick Nugent (fourth season, 28-7)

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
W 10 Nov vs. No. 9 Marana, 38-35
17 Nov vs. No. 4 Notre Dame Prep, Marana Mountain View HS, 7 p.m.

— QB Jamarye Joiner has completed 116 of 203 pass attempts for 2,090 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has rushed for 1,274 yards and 17 touchdowns on 139 carries. Combining his passing and rushing yards, Joiner has 3,364 total yards.

— RB Geo Owens has rushed for 533 yards and three touchdowns on 59 carries.

— WR Terrell Hayward has 46 receptions for 941 yards with 11 touchdowns. Hayward has 2,006 all-purpose yards. He is also the Bobcats’ primary returner.

— WR Jerry White has 19 receptions for 401 yards with five touchdowns.

CLASS 4A

NO. 4 SALPOINTE CATHOLIC (11-1)

Coach: Dennis Bene (17th season, 158-41)

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
10 Nov vs. No. 5 Cactus, 49-14
17 Nov vs. No. 1 Sunrise Mountain, Ironwood High School, 7 p.m.

— QB Rodrigo Nieto has completed 67 of 118 pass attempts for 1030 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. Nieto also has 386 yards rushing on 66 carries.

— RB Bijan Robinson has rushed for 1,556 yards on 138 carries with 24 touchdowns. Robinson has 1,824 all-purpose yards.

— RB Mario Padilla gained 556 yards on 68 carries with 11 touchdowns in the regular season.

— WR Andrew Jacobs leads the Lancers with 25 receptions for 461 yards and four touchdowns.

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

— LB Chris Aguirre has a team-leading 126 tackles with 11 tackles for loss.

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

CLASS 3A

NO. 1 PUSCH RIDGE (12-0)

Coach: Jerry Harris (Third season, 32-5)

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
W 10 Nov vs. No. 8 Northwest Christian, 42-6
18 Nov vs. No. 4 Benjamin Franklin, at Salpointe, 6:30 p.m.

— QB Christian Fetsis has completed 47 of 74 pass attempts for 1,151 yards with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. Fetsis also has a team-high 997 yards rushing on 100 carries (impressive average of 10 yards a game) and 16 touchdowns.

— The Lions have five players with at least 400 yards rushing — Fetsis along with RB Matthew McLeod (51 carries for 609 yards with 10 touchdowns), RB Ryan Garcia (72 carries for 582 yards with 11 touchdowns), RB Dakota Haynes (51 carries for 547 yards and seven touchdowns) and RB Mitch Maas (36 carries for 430 yards and seven 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 97 tackles.

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


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