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Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:23 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

At times Friday night, there seemed to be more cameramen than players on the sidelines at Canyon Del Oro's football stadium.

Understandable, being that Canyon Del Oro, the state's top-ranked team in 4A-I, was taking on the fourth-ranked Sabino Sabercats in a game that not only determined the Sonoran Region champion, but also held huge implications for this week's state playoff brackets, making it the biggest game in Arizona high school football.

The Dorados (10-0) didn't flinch under the media glare, surviving a fourth-quarter Sabino rally and beating the Sabercats 34-21 to remain undefeated and secure a #1-seed in the first round of Friday's state playoffs.

Sabino was by no means a pushover. The Sabercats (8-2) gave the Dorados what was arguably their toughest game of the season.

Sabino, set up by a blocked punt deep in Dorado territory, scored first on a four-yard touchdown run by multi-talented, multi-position star senior Keanu Nelson.

CDO stormed back, scoring the next 27 points, including two rushing scores from standout junior running back Ka'Deem Carey, a 22-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Mike Lewis to senior wideout Josh Robbins, and a 1-yard run from junior running back Eddie Smith.

Then, back-to-back 12-play drives from Sabino, both ending in short-yardage touchdown runs from Nelson, put the Sabercats within striking distance, 27-21 with 2:38 left in the game.

The CDO bleachers were nearly silent as Sabino lined up for the onside kick, but exploded seconds later. Senior Jared Tevis snared the ball mid-hop and raced nearly untouched for a 50-yard touchdown return.

"I was planning on it going farther, and me hitting someone," said Tevis with a laugh after the game.

"But it was right there, so I grabbed it and just tried to turn the burners on and get into that end zone."

Tevis' return gave the Dorados the points they needed to secure the win, and, according to head coach Dusty Peace, the senior's ability to make plays when they're most needed isn't something new.

"What can I say, he's a magnet for the ball," said Peace with a smile. "The ball is always finding him – am I surprised? Not really."

Tevis also led all CDO receivers with two grabs for 99 yards. That yardage, and Robbins' four catches for 71 yards, helped quarterback Lewis to his best game so far, as the senior finished with eight completions on 10 attempts for 180 yards.

The Dorados' rushing game was contained by Sabino more so than by any team this season, as Carey gained 87 yards on 16 carries with two scores.

According to Peace, the last time the Dorados went undefeated in the regular season was 33 years ago. While he stressed the history to his team in a post-game meeting, he also emphasized that the team "has bigger goals."

"We want to win a state championship," said Peace.

The road to achieving that goal begins at home this Friday at 7 p.m. against the 4A Desert Sky's Tempe McClintock Chargers.

Football Scoreboard

Nov 6. results

Canyon Del Oro 34, Sabino 21

Ironwood Ridge 21, Mountain View 14

Nogales 32, Marana 7

Pusch Ridge 56, Morenci 7 (first round 2A state playoffs)

Nov. 13

Tempe McClintock at CDO, 7 p.m. (first round 4A-I playoffs)

Ironwood Ridge at Scottsdale Desert Mountain, 7 p.m. (first round 5A-II playoffs)

Yuma Catholic at Pusch Ridge, 7 p.m. (second round of 2A state playoffs)

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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