Sunnyside running back Philo Sanchez runs toward several Phoenix Greenway defenders during the 4A football state championship game in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001. Sergey Shayevich / Arizona Daily Star

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In the state tournament opener of 2001, Sanchez gained 325 yards against Prescott and rushed for 2,479 over the state championship season with 31 touchdowns. He played at NAU.

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