3 Tucson Teams Still Alive in Title Hunt

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A total of 21 Desert Speed School athletes between three local high school teams are still alive in the quest for a high school football state championship, and all three schools received major contributions in their playoff wins from these athletes.

4A #1 Salpointe and #5 Sahuaro each one their quarterfinal games in convincing fashion, with the top-ranked Lancers picking up 2 touchdowns from running back Mario Padilla. Meanwhile, Sahuaro capitalized on an interception, and later, a fumble recovery by Avery Ndisabiye to win their second-round game. The wins from each program sets up an all-Tucson semifinal between the schools, with the winner headed to the state championship game November 24th. Arizona Daily Star…

At the 3A level, Sabino got a critical fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown by Defensive Player of the Year Richie Pina, and added a 42-yard touchdown run by Jamel Brown to win their matchup. Full story…

Desert Speed School athletes still alive in the playoffs include:


Luke Regina

Trent Strong

Mario Padilla

Jackson Bolin

Xavier Farhang

Luke Straka

Colin Dreis

CJ Franks

Jayse Kearns



Jordan Bunting

Avery Ndisabiye

Zachery Edmonds



Nick Satterly

Nathan Swanberg

Richie Pina

Max Rabich

Brad Hoge

Ryon Peoples

Chandler Canant

Michael Masunas

Jamel Brown


(Photo credit: Sean Logan, Arizona Republic)