OVERTIME: American Leadership holds on to beat Sabino in 3A title game

OVERTIME: American Leadership holds on to beat Sabino in 3A title game

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - American Leadership captured its first state title with a 31-14 win over Sabino in the Division 3A finale.

The Patriots (13-1) jumped on the Sabercats (12-2) early and held off a late-game comeback.

It was a shot of revenge for ALA, which lost 16-13 to Sabino in Tucson earlier this season.

The Sabercats had scored 40 points or more in nine games and held an opponent under seven points seven times.

It was the Patriots' first title game appearance. American Leadership had scored 38 points or more 10 times this season.

Sabino has three state titles -- in 4A in 1998, 1992 and 1990. The Sabercats have also finished runner-up five times since 1997.

Southern Arizona Playoff Pairings

Division 6A

Championship

Chandler 36, Mountain Pointe 17

Division 5A

Championship

Williams Field 14, Centennial 6

Division 4A

Championship

Saguaro 42, Catalina Foothills 14

Division 3A

Championship

American Leadership 31, Sabino 14

Division 2A

Championship

Thatcher 33, Round Valley 28

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