High school football diary: Salpointe prepares for state 5A semi-final; CDO shows potential | High schools

Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep’s Gavin Smith is tackled by Salpointe Catholic’s Cruz Rushing, left, in the Lancers’ victory last week. Salpointe will face a balanced attack in the semifinals when she takes on Goodyear Desert Edge on Friday.

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A converted quarterback, the 6-foot-4 senior still serves as Bourguet’s replacement, which could explain why there is such a strong bond between the two.

“Me and Treyson worked on it a lot,” Dreis said. “We’ve worked on it every practice, every game, and he just trusts me to throw it away. I will have it.”

The next man

Anthony Wilhite passed the 1,000 rushing yard mark earlier this season, becoming the third Salpointe running back to do so in the past nine years.

Of course, now Texas Longhorn Bijan Robinson has topped the mark three straight years from 2017 to 2019 and Robinson replaced second-year Mario Padilla, who ran 1,427 yards to help the Lancers reach the title game. ‘Status in 2015.

When Salpointe won the state title in 2013, he had a stable of full backs, including future Arizona Wildcat Cam Denson, Jay Williams and Zach Dorame. So can Wilhite, who now has 1,305 rushing yards with 18 touchdowns, be enough?

His teammates seem to think so.

“He’s such an amazing person off the pitch that when he comes on the pitch it surprises you,” said Bourguet. “Like ‘Dang, someone can be someone can be so great off the pitch and even better on it.’ He’s the kind of athlete he is.

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