No. 2 Salpointe beat No. 15 Sunnyslope 63-24 Friday night at home to advance to the 5A quarterfinal round where the Lancers will host No. 7 Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep for a shot at the sixth straight semifinal appearance for the program dating back to 2016.
Salpointe improved to 9-2 on the year and the 63 points scored against Sunnyslope (6-5) was the most ever recorded in the playoffs in school history and the Lancers scored in a variety of ways to get the job done.
Anthony Wilhite scored three times from the backfield and the senior back got things going on a 49-yard run after the Lancer defense forced a Viking punt barely two minutes into the contest. Joey Sumlin followed another Sunnyslope punt with a 2-yard score of his own but a 43-yard field goal from Kyle Cunanan tempered things a bit with Salpointe leading 14-3 after one…..
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SALPOINTE 60 PLUS POINTS
2005: 84-7 over Flowing Wells
2019: 76-0 over Vista Grande
2019: 68-34 over Desert Edge
2013: 63-0 over Rincon/UHS
2019: 63-6 over Dobson
2018: 63-7 over Vista Grande
2021: 63-24 over Sunnyslope (First Round)
2019: 62-0 over Tucson
2018: 62-22 over Mingus (Quarterfinals)
1960: 60-19 over Brophy
NOTE: Salpointe kicker Owen Lynch tied a school record for 9 PATs in the victory.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19
5A CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND
No. 2 Salpointe 63, No. 15 Phoenix Sunnyslope 34
No. 6 Desert View 26, No. 11 Goodyear Millennium 13
No. 9 Cienega 47, No. 8 Buckeye Verrado 36
No. 4 Scottsdale Desert Mountain 17, No. 13 Ironwood Ridge 7
.@cdo_football‘s incredible run after an 0-3 start with only 8 seniors on its roster continued Friday in the No. 12-seeded Dorados’ upset win at No. 5 Lake Havasu behind production of RB @KaydenLuke2 & QB @Cadeng18. Details: https://t.co/NGorHtPowV
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) November 20, 2021
— Brittany Bowyer (@LittWithBritt) November 20, 2021
4A CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND
No. 12 Canyon del Oro 35, at No. 5 Lake Havasu 21
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20
2A CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 3 Benson (9-2) vs. No. 2 AZ Lutheran (11-1) at Phoenix Desert Vista, 2 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26
5A CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
No. 7 Scottsdale Notre Dame (8-3) at No. 2 Salpointe (9-2)
No. 6 Desert View (10-1) at No. 3 Goodyear Desert Edge (9-2)
No. 9 Cienega (8-3) at No. 1 Scottsdale Horizon (9-2)
4A CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
No. 12 Canyon del Oro (7-4) at No. 4 Glendale (10-1)
And that will be the ball game, Desert View defeats Millennium by a final score of 26-13. Desert View advances to the 2nd Round of the 5A playoffs. pic.twitter.com/2fa6IUBrcf
— AllSportsTucson.com (@AllSportsTucson) November 20, 2021
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. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org