Brandon Willard, who took over for longtime Amphi coach Vern Friedli last year, said, "We don't have the big kids that can just pound away" anymore.
Amphitheater High School's football program has always been about running the ball.
At Sabino's homecoming, the Sabercats (9-0) took care of business, pounding the Amphi Panthers (1-8) and posting their fifth shutout of the season.
CDO's Isaac Chacon is stopped just short of the end zone by Marana's Domenic Holiday. Chacon scored four times and rushed for 154 yards.
A Hail Mary pass in the fourth quarter slips through the hands of Marana's Jeffery Carranza, and neither teammate Eric Huerta nor CDO's Mike Khawam can grab the loose ball.
Tommy Sawyer (36), who had a 7-yard TD for the Dorados, grabs Marana QB Ben Honea for a first-quarter sack.
Canyon del Oro's defense spends practice every Thursday doing almost nothing but stripping ball carriers and catching tipped passes.
At Amphi's homecoming, Sahuarita improved to 7-0 while the Panthers dropped to 1-6. Sahuarita senior WR Bryant Eaves came up big with 3 TDs - one rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return. But this was no one-man show
One week after being held to a disconcerting 28 rushing yards in an upset loss, Cienega's ground game rumbled to life on Friday night.
At Catalina, Amphi (1-5) committed five turnovers and the Trojans took advantage to even their record at 3-3.
At Amphitheater, the Panthers (1-3) used a 21-point fourth quarter to pull away from the Hawks (2-2) after leading only 10-6 at halftime.
At Nogales, quarterback Marcel Renteria threw for five touchdowns as the Apaches moved to 3-0. Amphi dropped to 0-3. Nogales running back Brian McCarty added 169 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
At Rio Rico, the visiting Mustangs raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead and never looked back.