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Marana senior quarterback Connor Leavens leads his teammates and fans in singing the school's fight song after the seventh-seeded Tigers topped No. 10 Glendale Kellis 28-21 in the opening round of the 5A state playoffs Friday night.

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»

Desert View running back Alex Courtemanche is the state's leading rusher, with 1,763 yards and 25 touchdowns. But, more importantly, the senior has the Jaguars on the verge of their first postseason appearance since 1996.

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»

Connor Leavens, right, poses for a photo with his father, Todd, after a win over Rio Rico last season. 'He was my best friend, there’s nothing else to really put it into simpler words,' Connor said.

“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»

Friday night’s season-opening clash between Marana and Ironwood Ridge featured two teams that had not met in four years. Now the expectation on both sides is that they’ll see each other once again in just a matter of months. Read more» 1