No. 3 Salpointe Catholic rolled past Flowing Wells in a 49-0 shutout in its final game of the regular season Friday night.
The win marked the fifth in a row for the 5A Southern champions and solidified home-field advantage to open the state playoffs.
Salpointe head coach Eric Rogers rested senior quarterback Treyson Bourguet for the postseason midway through the second quarter after Bourguet threw his second touchdown pass of the night on a 34-yard pass to junior wide receiver Gage Felix that put the Lancers up 28-0.
“He’s our leader hands down, no question about it, and he’s done a phenomenal job for us,” Rogers said. “He’s a warrior; he’s gonna compete, he’s gonna play his buff off. I was really, really proud of him for just letting go and being able to let some of these younger guys get in there and play some.
“We’ve been going pretty hard with him, all year long, and for us to let him get out there, get a quarter underneath his belt, and get him out the game, he’s healthy, and I think we’re pretty healthy right now. Hopefully going into the playoffs that’s a key for us.”
After the game, Bourguet talked about the significance of home-field advantage.
“It means a lot, this is big for the city of Tucson,” Bouguet said. “There hasn’t been a lot of recent state championships we’ve won here in Tucson. For us to hopefully get that trend rolling again, it means a lot.”
As Salpointe prepares for a postseason run, the season for Flowing Wells comes to an end and senior two-way player Carlos Quintero is coping with that reality.
“It really hurts leaving my team like this with a loss, but we stayed together, we fight, we fought through everything, but it is what it is.”
The AIA Bracket Show is schedule for 8-10 a.m. Saturday morning.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood. He is currently attending Pima Community College where he writes for the Aztec Press. Next semester he will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he will work towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.