OVERTIME: Sabino, Catalina Foothills to play for state titles

OVERTIME: Sabino, Catalina Foothills to play for state titles

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson area went 2-3 this weekend in the semifinal round of the high school football playoffs.

In Division 5A, Centennial traveled to Tucson and left with a win over top-seeded Cienega.

In Division 4A, Catalina Foothills continued its amazing playoff run with an upset of No. 2 Higley.

The Falcons advanced to the state title game for the first time in school history. They will face traditional power Saguaro, which beat Salpointe Catholic in the division's other semifinal.

In Division 3A, Sabino upset top-seeded Show Low  to advance to the title game.

In Division 2A, top-ranked Round Valley beat Benson 37-8.

DIVISION 5A

Centennial 56, Cienega 21

Centennial handed top-seeded Cienega its first loss of the season Friday night.

The No. 5 Coyotes will face Williams Field in the Division 5A title game, which is for Saturday, Nov. 26, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Centennial (12-1) is the defending 6A champion and won the 5A crown in 2014, 2008, 2007, 2006. The Coyotes were 5A runners-up in 2012, 2010 and 2005.

Cienega, the 5A runner-up in 2011, had been one of the most dominant teams in the state all season. The Bobcats (12-1) won their games by an average of 30.5 points per game.

Centennial has one of the top defenses in the state. The Coyotes have given up only 114 points and held an opponent to seven points or less eight times.

DIVISION 4A

Catalina Foothills 62, Higley 37

The Catalina Foothills Falcons are in a state title game for the first time in program history.

Catalina Foothills (11-2) had to rally late to win in its last two playoff games but that wasn't an issue Friday night as the Falcons crushed No. 2 Higley.

The No. 6 Falcons will face top-seeded Saguaro in the 4A title game, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Catalina Foothills has already faced Saguaro once this season, a 35-0 loss in Scottsdale on Sept. 2.

The Falcons had a great night against the Knights, who had been averaging 51.9 points per game and were giving up only 25.4 ppg.

Saguaro 24, Salpointe Catholic 3

Top-seeded Saguaro Sabercats scored a semifinal win over No. 4 Salpointe Catholic Friday night.

Saguaro (13-0) will play Catalina Foothills in the title game, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Despite the three-touchdown difference, Salpointe gave Saguaro its toughest game of the season.

The Sabercats were averaging 48.2 points per game and their average margin of victory was 38.1 pg. The Lancers defense has been dominant all season and is only allowing 14.5 points per game

Salpointe Catholic suffered its first loss in more than a month and missed a shot at adding to its state championship haul. The Lancers (10-3) won the Division 2 title in 2013 and were 3A runner-up in 1981 and 5A runner-up in 1991.

Saguaro has won eight states titles in the past 10 years. The Sabercats are the defending Division 2 champion and won Division 3 titles in 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

Saguaro had already faced Catalina Foothills once this season. The Sabercats came away with a 35-0 win in Scottsdale on Sept. 2.

DIVISION 3A

Sabino 23, Show Low 21

Sabino rallied late and handed Show Low its first loss of the season in a semifinal game Saturday night.

The No. 5 Sabercats (11-1) will face third-seeded American Leadership (12-1) in the 3A title game, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26, at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale.

Sabino and American Leadership played earlier this season and the Sabercats came away with a 16-13 win.

Sabino's last state title came in 1998, when it took the 4A crown. The Sabercats also won state titles in 1990 and 1992. They were runners-up in 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Show Low has won four state championships, in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2010. They were runners-up in 1989, 1993, 2009 and 2011.

Sabino, which has one of the top offenses and defenses in the state, has outscored its opponents 543-133.

DIVISION 2A

Round Valley 37, Benson 8

Benson's amazing run came to an end Saturday night with a loss to top-seeded Round Valley.

The Elks (13-0) will face Thatcher in the 2A title game, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 26, at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale.

The No. 5 Bobcats (10-3) were looking for their first title game appearance since 1955, when they won the Division C crown.

Round Valley served as 1A co-champion with Snowflake in 1985 and was 1A runner-up in 1984.

Round Valley and Thatcher have already played once this season, a 28-21 Elks win.

Benson's three losses have come against the top teams in the division  The Bobcats fell to Thatcher and Santa Cruz, the two teams in the other semifinal played Saturday.

Southern Arizona Playoff Pairings

Division 6A

Semifinals

Mountain Pointe 21, Red Mountain 14

Chandler 62, Perry 20

Championship

No. 1 Mountain Pointe (13-0) vs. No. 2 Chandler (11-2), 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 (at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale)

Division 5A

Semifinals

Centennial 56, Cienega 21

Williams Field 37, Queen Creek 12

Championship

No. 2 Williams Field (13-0) vs. No. 5 Centennial (12-1), 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 (at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale)

Division 4A

Semifinals

Saguaro 24, Salpointe Catholic 3

Catalina Foothills 62, Higley 37

Championship

No. 1 Saguaro (13-0) vs. No. 6 Catalina Foothills (11-2), 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 (at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale)

Division 3A

Semifinals

Sabino 23, Show Low 21

American Leadership 41, Northwest Christian 21

Championship

No. 3 American Leadership (12-1) vs. No. 5 Sabino (12-1), 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 (at Chaparral High in Scottsdale)

Division 2A

Semifinals

Round Valley 37, Benson 8

Thatcher 27, Santa Cruz Valley 26, OT

Championship

No. 1 Round Valley (13-0) vs. No. 3 Thatcher (11-2), 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 (at Chaparral High in Scottsdale)

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