During the next three weeks, the Star will count down the top 10 football players from each major Southern Arizona high school program:

School: Cienega

The best: Brandon Lopez

Achievements: Lopez was a two-way starter at running back and linebacker and helped put Cienega on the map by rushing for 4,342 yards and scoring 55 touchdowns over three seasons. The 6-foot-1-inch, 225-pound standout totaled 3,196 yards rushing and 42 scores in his final two seasons alone and still holds the school records for career rushing yards, carries, touchdowns and points. He received first-team All-State and All-Southern Arizona honors as a senior and went on to play for the UA.

From the archives: "The thing about Brandon is he's going to hit someone on every play. Sometimes he hits our own players, and sometimes he hits coaches on the sidelines." - Cienega coach Nemer Hassey in the Sept. 6, 2003 Arizona Daily Star

The big number: 109. In his final game with the Bobcats, a first-round 2003 playoff meeting with powerhouse and eventual state champion Sunnyside, Lopez rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries.

Coming up: Find out who the all-time top 10 players from Desert View are in Sunday's Star.