Following the Division I state championship match last October, Cienega golfer David Rauer walked off the course with a sour feeling of disappointment.
Andrew Cota had 3,887 passing yards and 36 touchdowns, but it's his decision-making that often makes the difference for the Lancers.
Over the next seven days we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players.
Four Lancers defenders smother Mountain View quarterback Cody Rochon during the third quarter at Salpointe Catholic High School.
Salpointe running back Johnny Peña muscles his way through Mountain View's Vaughn Brown on a long run in the fourth quarter. Peña had three runs of 25 or more yards and 215 total rushing yards with three TDs.
Cameron Denson of the Lancers scrambles away from Mountain View's Garrett Darmer despite Darmer's handful of jersey.
Dennis Bene has been the head coach at Salpointe Catholic since 2001. He's won 104 regular-season games and has produced some of the best talent Southern Arizona has ever seen.
After Johnny Peña's 30th carry, a 13-yard gain straight up the middle, Salpointe Catholic wide receiver Cameron Denson turned to the Ironwood Ridge sideline and told the Nighthawks players and coaches something they all already knew.
Salpointe running back Johnny Peña tries to elude Ironwood Ridge's Jake Matthews in the second quarter. Peña finished with 187 yards and three TDs.
Salpointe quarterback Andrew Cota slithers away from Ironwood Ridge's Scott Simmons to escape a sack in the first quarter of the Lancers' victory.
Cienega quarterback Adriell Alvarado, looking for running room against Sabino in a game earlier this season, has led the Bobcats to a 5-2 record.
Cienega sophomore quarterback Adriell Alvarado has turned plenty of heads with his play so far this season. But there's at least one person who hasn't been surprised - Alvarado.
Cienega sophomore quarterback Adriell Alvarado has turned plenty of heads with his play so far this season. But there’s at least one person who hasn’t been surprised — Alvarado.
Salpointe Catholic didn't waste its time at Flowing Wells on Friday.
Salpointe's Cameron Denson tries to get by Flowing Wells' Roberto Juarez in the first quarter. Denson finished with 97 yards rushing, including a 59-yard TD.
Flowing Wells quarterback Dionte Flores is about to be pounced upon by three Lancer defenders during the second quarter.
What did you do last Friday night? Whatever it was, Berk's Beat can promise you one thing: it wasn't as impressive as what Salpointe quarterback Andrew Cota did.
Salpointe junior Andrew Cota is a dual threat who is allowed to audible.
Our countdown to the beginning of the high school football season continues with Andrew Cota from Salpointe Catholic. Over the next three days, we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason players.
Our countdown to the beginning of the high school football season continues with Andrew Cota from Salpointe Catholic. Over the next three days, we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona’s top preseason players.