By Dominic Baciocco / Arizona Daily Star
5A semifinal: No. 1 Cienega vs. No. 4 Notre Dame Prep
The undefeated Cienega Bobcats, ranked No. 1 in the 5A state playoff bracket, took on another unbeaten in No. 4 Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep in the semifinals on Friday. Led by Arizona quarterback commit Jamarye Joiner, the Bobcats had championship aspirations eyeing the first state title in school history. Only the Saints stood in their way.
The Star was live at Mountain View High School to see what Cienega and Notre Dame Prep had in store. Check out how all the action played out:
Undefeated Cienega takes the field for semifinal showdown
The picture-perfect start that never was
Jamarye gonna Jamarye
Cienega, Terrell Hayward open the scoring
Just one play after dropping a sure fire TD pass, WR Terrell Hayward hauls in the first score of the game on a 30 yard pass from QB Jamarye Joiner. #Cienega leads 7-0 with 7:54 left in the 1st quarter #NDPvsCIE #azhs pic.twitter.com/pLAJZehL2j— High School Sports (@HSTucson) November 18, 2017
Did he just catch that...
Shift in momentum?
On the ensuing kickoff, #Cienega tries to trick the Saints and the toss goes awry. #NotreDamePrep picks up the fumble and scores the game-tying touchdown with 9:51 left in the 2nd quarter #NDPvsCIE #azhs pic.twitter.com/B9SM4vubE9— High School Sports (@HSTucson) November 18, 2017
88 yards: To. The. House.
Notre Dame Prep takes over
The casual spin cycle courtesy of Jamarye Joiner
Joiner threads the needle
Nail in the coffin
The gamble pays off for the Saints as Fisher runs in the 3 yard touchdown for his third rushing score of the game. #NotreDame leads 37-34 with 3:44 left to play #NDPvsCIE #azhs pic.twitter.com/ZbCmWAiPs4— High School Sports (@HSTucson) November 18, 2017
And a dagger for good measure
After the loss
Cienega junior Terrell Hayward talked about what went wrong in the Bobcats' semifinal loss, and how they plan to bounce back in 2018.
Coach Pat Nugent talks Cienega's last play and Joiner's legacy in Tucson. Plus, what the future holds for Bobcats football.