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FOOTBALL: Cienega & Salpointe previews

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

5A CONFERENCE

SEMIFINALS: Friday, Nov. 17
No. 1 Cienega (12-0) vs. No. 4 Notre Dame (12-0), 7 p.m.
(Mountain View High School)

CIENEGA PREVIEW AT AZPreps365.com

 

4A CONFERENCE

SEMIFINALS: Friday, Nov. 17
No. 4 Salpointe (11-1) vs. No. 1 Sunrise Mountain (11-1), 7 p.m.
(Ironwood High School)

The Lancers and Mustangs are meeting for the first time since 2006 – a 50-2 victory by Salpointe. The Mustangs only had two playoff appearances prior to that meeting but they have qualified six out of the last seven years with playoff losses coming to Tucson-area teams Canyon del Oro (2010), Nogales (2012) and Catalina Foothills last year in the quarterfinal round.

The team has a 41-6 record dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season.

Junior QB Keegan Freid leads the Mustangs with 2,785 yards passing and 35 TDs. He also has 651 yards rushing with another 11 TDs. Drake Flores has 706 yards rushing with seven TDs and Derick Bangle has 462 yards rushing with 13 TDs.

Angel Ruiz has 1,450 yards receiving with 21 TDs, Jay Anderson has 623 yards receiving with five TDs and James Hansen has 566 yards receiving with six TDs. Bobby Ramirez has 107 tackles, Gavin Chaddock has 68 tackles, Brody Webb has 63 tackles and Hunter Olson has 57. Webb has 10.5 sacks and Arrick Dowe has six interceptions.

Salpointe won a Division II title in 2013 to go along with a runner-up finish in 1981 and 1991. The state championship victory over Chaparral was played in Arizona Stadium, the scheduled site for this year’s final game. The Lancers lost in the semifinal round last year.

The Lancers are 21-4 over the last two years with only one of the losses coming to a 4A opponent.

QB Rodrigo Nieto has 1,030 yards passing with 12 TDs and 386 yards rushing. Bijan Robinson has 1,556 yards rushing with 24 TDs, Mario Padilla has 556 yards rushing with 11 TDs and Ruben Morales has 232 yards rushing.

Andrew Jacobs has 461 yards receiving and Langston Hampton has 284. Chris Aguirre has 126 tackles, Joshua Pasos has 79, Arturo Alcaraz has 76, Christian Vasquez has 74 and Andrew Sayre has 67. Gabe Madril has 13 sacks and Lathan Ransom has five interceptions.

COMING TOMORROW:

3A CONFERENCE

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

2A CONFERENCE

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

3A VOLLEYBALL ALL-STARS

2A VOLLEYBALL ALL-STARS

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1A VOLLEYBALL

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BOYS GOLF ALL-STARS

GIRLS GOLF ALL-STARS

FRESHMAN ALL-STARS

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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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