Sabino coach gives raves to Saguaro's Christian Kirk

Sabino coach gives raves to Saguaro's Christian Kirk


Sabino coach gives raves to Saguaro's Christian Kirk


Tucson Sabino coach Jay Campos has had an up-close look at Ka’Deem Carey and D.J. Foster in the playoffs since 2009.

“Those are guys that looked like NFL players in high school,” Campos said.

Now he’ll get a close look at Scottsdale Saguaro senior receiver/running back Christian Kirk on Friday when his 16th-seeded Sabino team (7-3) travels to face No. 1 Saguaro (10-0) in the first round of the Division III playoffs.

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Campos saw enough film of Kirk already to come to a conclusion.

“He is just like those guys, an NFL player in high school,” Campos said.

Kirk is 22 yards away from the state’s all-time record for receiving yardage.

But Kirk can also turn it up the heat in the backfield. Last week against Tempe Marcos de Niza, he had more than 100 rushing yards and more than 100 receiving yards in a 61-35 win.

“He does so many things and they line him up in so many ways,” Campos said. “We have to be ready for just about anything. He is so talented.”

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Young guns

Kingman Lee Williams has the youngest state playoff team.

The Division V team, which opens against Eagar Round Valley on Saturday night, doesn’t have a senior. In fact, there is no senior class.

This is the school’s third year of existence.

Now, Lee Williams will be without its top defender, Andrew Davis, who suffered a concussion while making 18 tackles last week.

“We have to make some adjustments and will now start two freshmen on defense,” said coach Eugene Kramer, who coached at Kingman Academy and in Idaho previously. “With that being known, we have instituted the belief that this gives others a chance to shine in the big spotlight of the state playoffs.”

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Break through

Mesa Westwood is the higher seed Friday night against Scottsdale Chaparral, but the Warriors haven’t won a state playoff game since 2007 when Eddy Zubey was the coach. Chaparral won three state titles since then and played for the title last year.

Coach Spencer Stowers‘ 9-1 team believes it can finally break through against a perennial Division II power.

“The key is to stay true to what we do and don’t reinvent the wheel,” Stowers said. “Our will against theirs.

“Confidence is at an all-time high. We know it’s not about what Chaparral will do but what we will do to win one play at a time. This is a great opportunity for the Westwood football family. We respect Chaparral and look forward to a physical and challenging game on our turf.”


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