PEORIA - Light rain began to fall as Nogales football coach Vince Villanucci and senior running back Brian McCarty turned to the visiting bleachers and began jumping in celebration as if they had just made history.
Nogales' Brian McCarty hauls in a long pass in front of Sabino's Zach Joseph in the first quarter of their Division III first-round state playoff game at Sabino.McCarty had 172 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in the victory.
At Rio Rico, Nogales (6-1) put up its highest point total of the season while racking up 409 yards on offense against Rio Rico (2-5). Quarterback Marcel Renteria completed all four of his passes, three of them for touchdowns.
At Nogales, the Apaches (2-0) shook off a 13-7 halftime deficit and responded with a 20-point third quarter that proved to be the difference. Quarterback Dante Austin led Desert View (0-2), passing for 224 yards and a touchdown in the loss. The Jaguars' Robert Jack had five catches for 135 y…