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.
At Marana, Salpointe (4-1) turned in a balanced offensive performance in its win over the Tigers (0-5). After the Lancers took a 7-0 lead on their first drive, Salpointe's Jake Noonan intercepted a pass to set up a TD catch and a 14-0 lead.
Salpointe Catholic senior Johnny Peña has 3,249 career rushing yards and a 4.0 grade-point average.
Our countdown to the beginning of the high school football season concludes today with Johnny Peña from Salpointe Catholic. Over the past 22 days, we have featured our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason players.