Sabino’s Dixon fifth-leading rusher in nation after first game


Drew Dixon (Andy Morales/

Drew Dixon (Andy Morales/

Class of 2017 Arizona Wildcats commit Drew Dixon, a running back/receiver at Sabino High School, is the No. 5 rusher in the nation according to stats published by

Dixon rushed for 280 yard on 27 carries with four touchdowns in Sabino’s 41-35 win over visiting Sahuaro on Thursday night. His longest gain was 47 yards.

According to the stats, which rely on schools to report statistics, Greensburg (Ind.) South Decatur High School running back Damon Allen leads the nation with 314 yards on 22 carries, achieved against North Decatur in a 33-8 win Thursday.

Dixon was one of 21 players nationally who scored four touchdowns. Lyn-J Dixon of Butler (Ga.) Taylor County leads the country with five touchdowns, achieved in a 35-21 win over Dawson (Ga.) Terrell County on Friday night.

Salpointe Catholic’s Mario Padilla was the only other Tucson-area back who gained more than 100 yards rushing in the first week of the season, according to, with 134 yards on 20 carries in a 20-12 win at Phoenix St. Mary’s Friday night.

Dixon is the state’s No. 9 receiver with 81 yards against Sahuaro on seven receptions.


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( graphic) publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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