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Mario Padilla earns APS Digital Print/Tucson Conquistadores Player of the Week honor

Mario Padilla with the Salpointe Offensive Line (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Mario Padilla rushed for 128 yards on three attempts and collected 89 yards on four catches to help lead Salpointe past Catalina Foothills 42-14 Friday night. In all, Padilla recorded three touchdowns in the region clinching victory.

Ranked No. 1 in the 4A Conference, the Lancers are now 9-0 and will visit Vista Grande next Friday. Salpointe has won 12 region games in a row dating back to Oct. 7, 2016.

WEEK ELEVEN PREVIEW

6A CONFERENCE
No. 34 Trevor Browne (3-6, 2-2) at No. 22 Tucson (5-4, 3-1)

5A CONFERENCE
No. 15 Ironwood Ridge (5-4, 3-1) at No. 5 Cienega (8-1, 4-0)
No. 28 Mountain View (4-5, 4-0) at No. 8 Flowing Wells (8-1, 4-0)
No. 10 Marana (6-3, 2-2) at No. 38 Nogales (2-7, 0-4)
No. 18 Buena (5-4, 2-2) at No. 23 Sunnyside (4-5, 1-3)
No. 32 Desert View (3-6, 2-2) at No. 33 Empire (5-4, 2-2)
No. 43 Cholla (0-9, 0-4) at No. 41 Rincon/UHS (1-8, 0-4)

4A CONFERENCE
No. 1 Salpointe (9-0, 4-0) at No. 41 Vista Grande (2-7, 0-4)
No. 5 Sahuaro (7-2, 3-1) at No. 20 Catalina Foothills (4-5, 2-2)
No. 21 Casa Grande (5-4, 1-3) at No. 10 Canyon del Oro (6-3, 2-2)
No. 45 Palo Verde (2-7, 1-3) at No. 14 Walden Grove (7-2, 4-0)
No. 39 Amphitheater (4-5, 3-1) at No. 33 Pueblo (4-5, 3-1)
No. 46 Rio Rico (1-8, 0-4) at No. 37 Douglas (1-2)

3A CONFERENCE
No. 7 Sabino (7-2, 4-0) at No. 9 Safford (6-3, 4-0)
No. 14 Pusch Ridge (4-5, 2-2) at No. 32 Catalina (3-6, 1-3)
No. 35 Tanque Verde (3-6, 0-4) at No. 17 Sahuarita (5-4, 1-3)

2A CONFERENCE
No. 14 Benson (5-4, 3-0) at No. 10 Willcox (7-2, 3-0)
No. 19 Tombstone (5-4, 1-2) at No. 23 Bisbee (4-5, 1-2)
No. 37 Santa Rita (0-9, 0-4) at No. 1 Thatcher (9-0, 4-0)
No. 18 Santa Cruz (3-6, 2-2) at No. 38 Heritage Academy (0-10, 0-4)
No. 34 San Carlos (1-8, 0-4) at No. 25 San Manuel (3-6, 2-2)

Dennis Bene, Mario Padilla & Natalie Grissette of APS Digital Print (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

TUCSON TOP 25

1: Salpointe (9-0)
2: Cienega (8-1)
3: Flowing Wells (8-1)
4: Sahuaro (7-2)
5: Marana (6-3)
6: Walden Grove (7-2)
7: Ironwood Ridge (5-4)
8: Canyon del Oro (6-3)
9: Mountain View (4-5)
10: Sabino (7-2)
11: Buena (5-4)
12: Tucson (5-4)
13: Catalina Foothills (4-5)
14: Sunnyside (4-5)
15: Pueblo (4-5)
16: Pusch Ridge (4-5)
17: Sahuarita (5-4)
18: Willcox (7-2)
19: Desert View (3-6)
20: Empire (5-4)
21: Amphitheater (4-5)
22: Douglas (1-2) *
23: Benson (5-4)
24: Tombstone (5-4)
25: Palo Verde (2-7)

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