Drew Dixon carries Sabino to 41-35 win over Sahuaro

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University of Arizona commit Drew Dixon scored 4 touchdowns for Sabino along with 280 yards rushing & 81 yards receiving. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

University of Arizona commit Drew Dixon scored 4 touchdowns for Sabino along with 280 yards rushing & 81 yards receiving. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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It’s not your normal rivalry but it’s a rivalry just the same. Just ask the players, the fans and the alumni. Sure, Sabino has beaten Sahuaro big and often over the last decade or so, with only one loss (2014) along the way, but the battle on the field and in the stands is real. You can almost touch the tension. You can certainly hear it.

Sabino outlasted Sahuaro 41-35 Thursday night to extend bragging rights but it’s a far cry from the games played between 2006 to 2011 when the Sabercats averaged over 52 points a game against Sahuaro, including a 63-17 victory in 2010. Those days appear to be over.

Still, a win is a win and a loss is a loss and Sabino survived what many feel is their most difficult task of the regular season while Sahuaro surprised the experts by taking the preseason AZPreps365.com No. 2 ranked team in the newly formed 3A Conference to the wire.

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Matt Paquette rushed for 150 yards and a TD for Sahuaro (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Matt Paquette rushed for 150 yards and a TD for Sahuaro (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Thursday, Aug. 18
(2) Sabino Sabercats 41, Sahuaro Cougars 35

Friday, Aug. 19
(10) Valley Union Blue Devils at (1) Bagdad Sultans
Marana Tigers at (7) Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks
Sunnyside Blue Devils at Nogales Apaches
Tanque Verde Hawks at Palo Verde Titans
Rincon/University Rangers at Pueblo Warriors
(10) San Tan Foothills Sabercats at San Manuel Miners
Florence Gophers at Santa Rita Eagles
Ray Bearcats at (3) St. David Tigers
(5) Salpointe Lancers at St. Mary’s Knights
Baboquivari Warriors at (8) Trivium Prep Crimson Knights
Buena Colts at Tucson Badgers
(6) Thatcher Eagles at Willcox Cowboys

AZPreps365.com Preseason Rankings

6A
1. Hamilton
2. Desert Ridge
3. Mountain Pointe
4. Chandler.
5. Pinnacle
6. Brophy Prep
7. Skyline
8: Basha
9. Desert Vista
10. Westview

5A
1: Desert Edge
2. Centennial
3. Chaparral
4. Paradise Valley
5. Williams Field
6. Queen Creek
7. Ironwood Ridge
8. Sunnyslope
9. Verrado
10. Cienega

4A
1. Saguaro
2. Marcos de Niza:
3. Sunrise Mountain
4. Catalina Foothills
5. Salpointe
6. Casa Grande
7. Bradshaw Mountain
8. Canyon Del Oro
.9. Estrella Foothills
10. Mingus Union

3A
1. Snowflake
2. Sabino
3. Show Low
4. Northwest Christian
5. Pusch Ridge
6. River Valley
7. American Leadership
8. Yuma Catholic
9. Blue Ridge
10. Payson

2A
1. Round Valley
2. Santa Cruz
3. Benson
4. Tempe Prep
5. Scottsdale Christian
6. Thatcher
7. Paradise Honors
8. Phoenix Christian
9. Tonopah Valley
10. San Tan Foothills

1A
1. Bagdad
2. Superior
3. St. David
4. Williams
5. Mogollon
6. Salome
7. NFL Yet
8. Trivium Prep
9. Joseph City
10. Valley Union

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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