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Football: Salpointe schedule could be reduced to 9 games

Bijan Robinson with legendary Marana athlete and official Cleo Robinson and Salpointe head coach Dennis Bene. Bijan Robinson was the Ed Doherty Award winner last year. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Originally scheduled for September 13, Salpointe’s trip to play at El Paso Del Valle appears to have been cancelled with Del Valle traveling to play in Hutto, Texas that Friday instead (according to an updated MaxPreps schedule.)

The cancellation, if it holds, reduces the Lancer regular season schedule to nine games instead of ten and it could have an impact on team power points and the rushing records available to Bijan Robinson.

With 4,801 career rushing yards, Robinson is only 1,077 yards away from the Big School Record (5,878/Marcus Thomas/Tolleson/2000-2002) and 2,643 yards away from the state record (7,544/Casey Jahn/Northwest Christian/2008-2011).

Taking just the regular season into account, Robinson would need to average over 120 yards a game to set a new “Big School Record” and just under 300 yards a game to set the state record. If the team makes it to a championship game, Robinson would need just over 200 yards a game to set the state record.

As far as team power points, one fewer game could mean no points earned that week. It is unknown what kind of effect this could have in the power-point formula.

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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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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