Playoffs: 6 Southern Arizona football teams remain; Cross Country championships on Saturday

Bijan Robinson needs 26 yards to be the first rusher in Arizona history to have three 2,000-yard seasons. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucosn.com)



No. 5 Pinnacle (8-2) at No. 4 Salpointe (9-0), 7 p.m.
The first meeting between the two schools. Pinnacle finished in the 6A semifinal round last year and Salpointe was the 4A runner-up. Pinnacle Sr. QB JD Johnson has 2,100 yards passing and 20 TDs.


5A: No. 7 Cienega (9-2) at No. 2 Notre Dame (10-1), 7 p.m.
Notre Dame beat Cienega 37-34 in the 5A semifinals in 2017. Cienega DE Damaggio Strevay has eight sacks on the year. Notre Dame Sr. RB Dominick Mastro has 1,634 total yards of offense.

4A: No. 9 Gila Ridge (10-1) at No. 1 Sahuaro (9-2), 7 p.m.
First meeting. Gila Ridge went 6-4 last year and Sahuaro lost to Salpointe in the 4A quarterfinals last fall. Sahuaro has three rushers approaching 1,000 yards. Gila Ridge Sr. RB Renan Duarte has 1,450 total yards.

3A: No. 10 Sabino (8-3) at No. 2 ALA-QC (10-1), 7 p.m.
ALA-QC is 2-1 against Sabino including the 2016 state championship game. Sabino Jr. QB AJ Skaggs has 2,263 yards passing and ALA-QC Sr. QB Rand Jenson has 2,601 yards passing.

2A: No. 5 Parker (10-1) at No. 4 Santa Cruz (9-2), 7 p.m.
Santa Cruz is up 6-2-1 on Parker since 1978. Santa Cruz Jr. RB Hunter Ogle has 1,580 yards rushing. Parker lost in the first round last year and Santa Cruz missed the playoffs.

2A: No. 9 Benson (8-3) at No. 1 Round Valley (8-2), 7 p.m.
Parker is 7-1 against Benson since 1970 including a 42-28 win this year. Benson has three players with 1,000 of offense. Round Valley was the runner-up last year.




Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner 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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