For the first time since 2009, multiple southern Arizona high school football teams will play for state championships. Both games are rematches from earlier in the season. And, both teams start quarterbacks that are headed to the University of Arizona.
In class 4A, Catalina Foothills will take on a Saguaro team that shut the Falcons out, 35-0, on September 2nd. The team from Scottsdale is a 3-time defending state champion.
Catalina Foothills is led by quarterback Rhett Rodriguez, who accounted from seven touchdowns in their state semifinal win over Higley. His main target is wide receiver Bryon Beckon.The Falcons are coached by southern Arizona legend Jeff Scurran.
Class 3A Sabino, and quarterback Drew Dixon, face an American Leadership team that it defeated, 16-13, in early September. It's the final game for head coach Jay Campos, who will be an assistant principal next year.
"There's the familiarity of knowing them," said Campos. "They know us. But, that was three months ago. We are a much different team than they were. So are we. They've improved a lot. We've improved. Either way, I think its going to be a game that goes down to the wire just like last week."
Campos has been a state runner-up on three different occasions. Ironically, Sabino's last championship came in 1998, when Jeff Scurran was head coach.
The Catalina Foothills versus Saguaro game is at University of Phoenix Stadium, Saturday at 10:00 am. Sabino plays American Leadership Saturday at 6:30 at Scottsdale Chaparral.