Open Division Preview: #4 Salpointe Catholic vs #5 Pinnacle

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It will be a hotly contested matchup in Tucson on Friday as #4 Salpointe Catholic hosts #5 Pinnacle. The Pioneers will be without senior quarterback JD Johnson on the field but will have talented freshman Devon Dampier under center. The Lancers will look to make a statement as not only the lone Southern Arizona team but as one of two 4A schools.

Let’s take a look at the matchup

#4 Salpointe Catholic

Bijan Robinson has been absolutely dominant, rushing for nearly 2,000 yards and 36 touchdowns at 22 yards per carry. Lathan Ransom has shown why he is one of the highly recruited defensive backs in the nation. Up front, the Lancers are anchored by Bruno Fina and Jonah Miller. Head coach Dennis Bene joined Jordan Hamm to discuss he matchup and how the Lancers hope to navigate the Open Division.

#5 Pinnacle

The 8-2 Pioneers have navigated a tough 6A schedule and notched wins against teams like Perry and Horizon. Marcus Libman and Cade Horton will be consistent weapons for Dampier to target and Matt Goodlow has been leading the way on the ground with 15 touchdowns. Offensive lineman and Notre Dame commit Tosh Baker sat down with Sande Charles at Venezia’s Pizzeria to talk about what Pinnacle needs to do to make a championship run.

You can also hear from wide receiver Marcus Libman preview the matchup on this week’s AZ Audibles.

The Lancers and Pioeers square off at Salpointe Catholic at 7 p.m. on Friday.