Salpointe Catholic’s 1-2 punch comes of age

January 1, 2018 GMT

It’s hard to believe that Salpointe Catholic High School football coach Dennis Bene has yet another year of the most devastating thunder-and-lightning combo in town.The Lancers return running backs Mario Padilla, who will be a senior, and Bijan Robinson, a rising junior with offers from multiple Pac-12 schools coming off a 2,000-yard season.Salpointe lost to Scottsdale Saguaro in the Class 4A state championship game, 28-7, but a return visit next season would surprise no one. If it were just Robinson in the backfield, it would be one thing. It’s pretty scary to realize that Padilla, who would likely contend for 1,500 yards at any other school in the state, is Robinson’s co-pilot.