Saguaro holds off Salpointe 42-16 to win 4A Championship

(Andy Morales/


….Some call it a rivalry of sorts. Take Saguaro out of the equation and the Lancers might be celebrating their third state title in a row. The Lancers are working on their own incredible set of numbers with a 27-3 record against 4A opponents dating back to the beginning of the 2016 season. As mentioned before, those three losses came at the hands of Saguaro.

A semifinal loss in 2016 was followed by a loss in the 2017 state championship game. The loss Friday night was the third. There’s no doubt both programs will be favored to do it all over again next year….


Mario Padilla (Andy Morales/


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 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. Contact Andy Morales at


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