Christian Kirk (right) and his Saguaro teammates celebrate a 56-0 win over McClintock on Sept. 27, 2013.
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No. 7 Sabino at No. 2 Saguaro
No. 7 Sabino at No. 2 Saguaro (Div. III): It’s Sabercats vs. Sabercats. In a wild night last week, Tucson Sabino held off a late-charging Tempe team, 56-49 after the Sabercats took a 35-14 lead after one quarter. Sabino ran for 374 yards as a team against Tempe, and (barely) overcame a huge night from Tempe QB Emanuel Gant in that comeback attempt. Aside from the win, none of this bodes well for Sabino against Saguaro, because the closest they’ve seen in terms of athletes was a blowout loss to Goodyear Desert Edge in late September. That 55-21 could be a glimpse of things to come, because Saguaro saw what Tempe did to Sabino in its comeback attempt: spread the field and throw the ball. That’s a pretty good plan when Luke Rubenzer (pictured, left), Christian Kirk (pictured, right) and J.T. Nettleton are on the team. Sabino might hang for awhile because it can score on Saguaro. To Sabino’s credit, they played Salpointe Catholic, Desert Edge and Sahuaro, so they’ve seen elite competition, but Saguaro has too many weapons and can strike too quickly for Sabino to keep up.