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Sabino senior Drew Dixon, who is verbally committed to play for the Arizona Wildcats, has accounted for 1,367 yards rushing and receiving, 1,100 passing yards and 34 total touchdowns. More importantly, he has the Sabercats in the state finals for the first time since 2009

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»

Cienega and second-year coach Pat Nugent are a win away from the program's second state championship appearance. The undefeated Bobcats play Peoria Centennial in the 5A state semifinals at Tucson High on Friday night.

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»

Sabino football coach Jay Campos, left, poses with senior athlete Drew Dixon after Saturday's 48-0 win again Winslow in the 3A state quarterfinals.

“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»

Cienega beat Mountain View 43-28 last week to cap off an unbeaten regular season and earn the No. 1 seed in the 5A state playoffs. The two could meet in the state quarterfinals next week.

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»

Sabino players celebrate after Drew Dixon scores his third rushing touchdown of the night, securing a 34-20 win against Pusch Ridge Christian.

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»

Drew Dixon amassed 361 yards rushing and receiving and scored four touchdowns to lead Sabino past Sahuaro.

Sabino football coach Jay Campos didn't shy away from the truth when his team gathered around him Thursday night, after logging a come-from-behind victory against East-Side rival Sahuaro. "That it was not the prettiest thing I've ever seen." Read more» 1