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Former Cienega running back Dakota Poe to play for Arizona

Dakota Poe (Andy Morales/

As we reported in February, Cienega standout Dakota Poe was offered a chance to play for the University of Arizona, and the running back accepted an offer to walk-on this past week.

“This means everything to us,” Poe said. “It’s been a life dream to play collegiate football let alone be able to play in my hometown. But I’m just so grateful and blessed to be given this opportunity.”

An All-Southern Arizona All-Star, Poe gained 710 yards in his senior season with 12 rushing touchdowns. He also recorded 42 tackles from the cornerback position.


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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at






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