October has arrived and the fresh air has made Friday night’s game between the former rivals even more like a high-profile game as Sabino takes on Sahuaro.
Sahuaro (0-3) has entered the competition with just two games played so far this season due to cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns. The Cougars were looking to get on the right track.
“We have to play a few football games,” Sahuaro coach said Scott McKee, whose team lost to Sabino 34-22 after having to cancel last week’s game at Desert View. “As you get to play number 3, 4, 5, all of a sudden you get to transition from your offensive to your defensive forfeit, and you get better.”
Sabino (4-2) entered the contest looking to build momentum as they continue the fight through tough 3A competition.
“All we can do is get better every week and we’ll see where the chips fall, at the end of the day we have to go through everyone in 3A… 3A is pretty competitive,” said the Sabino coach Ryan mcbrayer.
Sabino came out and immediately took control of the game, scoring in the first minute on a pass from the second-year quarterback. Cameron hackworth To Isaiah Aguirre, who took the long catch-and-run game to the end zone, bringing the score to 7-0.
The Sabercats recovered the ball quickly, and once again led onto the pitch and hit it into the end zone thanks to a 3-yard touchdown run from Kenneth Blackman.
After another 35-yard touchdown pass by Hackworth to a grand opening Robert maultsby, it looked like Sabino was going to get away with this one taking a 20-0 lead with 1:01 left in the first quarter. It was a far cry from last year’s game at Sabino when the Sabercats scored twice in the last minute after the death of AJ Skaggs to win 27-23.
Sahuaro started to take the lead thanks to a Neo Watson A 2-yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion allowed the Cougars and their very noisy crowd to return to the game.
Sabino hit back with another touchdown from Hackworth, this time finding Savaughn Berryhill on a 15-yard slanted road that looked terribly like the play that saw the Sabercats win their first touchdown of the night, bringing the score to 27-8.
Hackworth came into this game having already thrown over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns, and he certainly added to that total.
“Cameron is a stallion. He did the readings he needed, took the ball where they wanted. He did a great job, ”McBrayer said of his young quarterback’s performance.
Hackworth is part of a freshman class who only had two games last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But McBrayer says he’s already demonstrating growth and an understanding of the Sabercats’ playbook.
“He did everything right in the freshman, even with just two games,” McBrayer said. “He was careful, he was in his playbook. I have to make him stop texting me all the time.”
Hackworth ended the night with four touchdown passes, each a little different. McBrayer said that due to the size of Sahuaro’s inside defensive lineman, passing play was a focus in their gameplay this week.
He credited his line with making this possible.
“Kudos to the offensive lineman, I don’t think a lot of guys were close to him (Hackworth) in that pocket,” McBrayer said.
And so began the back-and-forth goals affair that saw Sahuaro gain momentum in the half after a angel High tower touchdown pass with 1:30 left in the second quarter to bring the score to 27-16 at halftime.
Sahuaro didn’t attempt to kick all night, choosing to go for two each time.
Hackworth ended his impressive night with another touchdown pass to give the Sabercats a 34-16 lead after the extra point was blocked.
Sahuaro didn’t come down without a fight, however, controlling possession time for much of the final quarter and a half of play. They had the opportunity to close the gap on their rival, but the errors and penalties eventually did. cost the team their first win of the season.
The Cougars scored on another 1-yard run from Neo Watson to close the lead to 34-22 with just over four minutes to go, but it would be as close as they could have been.
McKee said the Cougars did not leave Friday’s game empty-handed.
“We have found some guys who can help us as soccer players tonight, a couple of running backs and a few guys who can really help us defensively, but overall we just have to train in back-to-back practices. “Mckee said, referring to the interruptions in his program. with concerns related to COVID-19 to start the year.
McKee said his team “missed an execution” when talking about the problems Sabino’s defense caused to his offense and cited readers where they were able to move the ball but struggled to “finish the player” .
Sabino will face a 5-1 Pusch Ridge Academy on Friday at home in a highly anticipated 3A South showdown, while Sahuaro will play Catalina Foothills, who is 1-4.
ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com Editorial Intern Harrison moreno is a native of southern Arizona who has watched Wildcat athletics since he was young. He recently graduated from the University of Arizona School of Journalism, majoring in audiovisual and audio journalism.