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OVERTIME: Sabercats maul Safford to open 3A tournament

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sabino quarterback Alex Bell accounted for four touchdowns as the 5th seed Sabercats blasted visiting #12 seed Safford 45-7 Saturday night in the opening round of the Conference 3A state tournament.

Bell, in just his second game back after serving a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules, threw for three scores.

The junior connected twice in the first half with senior leading receiver Andrew Carlsen as the Sabercats built a 14-7 lead at the half.

Carlsen had six catches for 82 yards.

Sabino (10-1) took control of the game in the first five minutes of the third quarter when they scored on consecutive drives to stretch their lead to 28-7.

Bell found UA commit Drew Dixon on a touchdown throw of 15 yards and on the very next possession Dixon scored on a 22-yard pitch from Bell.

Dixon finished the game with six catches for 60 yards.

Bell scored on a 42-yard a running touchdown as well for Sabino. He finished 15-of-20 passing for 159 yards while running for 168 yards on 12 carries.

Isaiah Smotherman added another score on a one-yard run and Bennett Nottingham a 32-yard field goal.

The Sabercats got another big night defensively from their senior leader James Offerman who had nine tackles and a sack.

Safford’s (5-6) lone score came on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Payson Harsh to Eric Estrada.    

Sabino will get to host the state quarterfinals next Saturday night thanks to #13 seed Winslow’s 40-6 upset of Monument Valley.

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