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Tucson's prep football season loaded with memories despite somber ending

The 2016 season featured two programs snapping longstanding losing streaks against neighborhood rivals, another earning its first playoff victory in 33 years and a certain local power returning to dominance with a perfect regular season. That’s just to name a few of the high notes, despite the lack of a championship.... Read more»

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State title hopes more than just a dream for Catalina Foothills & Sabino

The two programs are led by veteran coaches and a pair of Arizona Wildcats commits, hungry to go out as champions. Both programs are one win from achieving that mighty goal.... Read more»

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Cienega stalls in semifinals, reflects on memorable season

Cienega’s football team put together a perfect regular season and rolled through two playoff games to pull within one win of its second state championship appearance in program history. But for everything the Bobcats have to remember about their 2016 season, Friday night provided plenty to forget.... Read more»

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5 local football teams aim for state championship berths

Southern Arizona teams have historically taken a back seat to their Phoenix-area counterparts and others in the northern part of the state. Here's a chance to prove that theory wrong. Cienega, Salpointe and Foothills play Friday; Sabino and Benson on Saturday. Each is just one win away from playing in a championship game.... Read more»

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Sabino rolls past Winslow to reach 3A state semifinals

“There was really no doubt, from the minute we came out, who was going to win this football game,” Sabino coach Jay Campos said. “Our defense played great and when we got clicking on offense it was hard to stop us and we were scoring points left and right.” The Sabercats next take on top-seeded Show Low.... Read more»

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Ground attack helps Salpointe down Marcos de Niza in 4A quarterfinals

Running back Mario Padilla rushed for 212 yards and two TDs as Lancers rolled past Tempe for 48-6 win in the 4A state quarterfinal. Salpointe, the winner of six straight, moves on to play top-seeded and nationally ranked Scottsdale Saguaro next week for a spot in the state championship game. ... Read more»

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Sabino's Jay Campos preps for life after football as playoffs continue

“It’s been a roller coaster, this year for me,” said Campos, who took over the program in 2003 but is stepping down to focus on being an assistant principal. “Knowing this could be my last one and knowing we have such a strong team, wanting to all the right things and putting ourselves in the best position, it’s been like no other year I’ve ever had."... Read more»

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Leavens leads Marana to 1st playoff win since 1983

Senior quarterback Connor Leavens passed for three touchdowns, and rushed for the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute to give the Tigers a dramatic 28-21 win — Marana's first postseason victory since 1983.... Read more»

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16 Southern Arizona football teams set to kick off state playoffs

Play opens Friday night, with 11 Tucson-area teams on the gridiron, with another five taking the field on Saturday. Here's our game-by-game breakdown with predictions for all of the local first-round action.... Read more»

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Cienega caps off perfect season with win at Mountain View

Jamarye Joiner and the top-ranked Bobcats finished off an undefeated regular season by holding on for a 43-28 win at Mountain View, sending Cienega into the 5A state playoffs as the No. 1 seed and the team to beat.... Read more»

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Pueblo-Amphi showdown headlines final night of regular-season action

Plenty is still up for grabs before state playoff brackets come out Saturday morning. Here's our region-by-region breakdown of what to watch for.... Read more»

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Padilla, Robinson lead way as Salpointe rolls past Catalina Foothills

Sophomore Mario Padilla rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns as freshman Bijan Robinson added 140 yards on the ground and a score of his own to help Salpointe top the Falcons on homecoming night. The Lancers locked up the 4A Kino regional title with a 34-7 win.... Read more»

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Desert View, Marana collide with hopes of postseason

The clash is just one of three matchups in Tucson this week with significant playoff implications. No. 4 Ironwood Ridge host second-ranked Cienega in a big 5A Southern showdown while fourth-ranked Catalina Foothills travels to face No. 6 Salpointe Catholic with the 4A Kino regional title still up for grabs. But, given their history, just about all eyes should be on Desert View and Marana.... Read more»

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Brahler steps up to help Ironwood Ridge rally past Tucson High

Junior running back Nick Brahler rushed 30 times for 144 yards and two go-ahead touchdowns to help the Nighthawks rally for a hard-fought 20-17 road win, spoiling the Badgers’ senior night. Now I-Ridge (7-1) can turn its attention to a huge matchup against Cienega next week.... Read more»

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Marana QB Connor Leavens not letting up after father's sudden death

“Singlehandedly, I would say that my father was the most influential person in my life up to this point,” Connor said about his father, Todd, who died Wednesday. “I wouldn’t be the man, the athlete or the football player that I am without his guidance and his leadership.... Read more»

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Dixon's fake punt helps lift Sabino over Pusch Ridge

Star senior Drew Dixon, who is verbally committed to play for the Wildcats, had a hand in five touchdowns and converted a fake punt for a big gain early in the fourth quarter, sparking the Sabercats to a 34-20 win over defending state champion Pusch Ridge. The victory on homecoming night may have locked up the 3A South regional championship. ... Read more»

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