It took Saguaro just over a minute to take the lead against Bradshaw Mountain on a 50-yard run by receiver Christian Kirk, and it would never look back. Saguaro would take a 41-0 lead into the first few minutes of the second quarter, and would eventually win 69-21.
After Kirk’s run on the first drive, Saguaro (2-1) would score off of three passing plays on its next three drives. Quarterback Luke Rubenzer connected with three different receivers for touchdowns in that span, which was the theme of the night.
Rubenzer sat out the fourth quarter and finished the night 12-for-14 with 275 yards and five touchdowns to five different receivers.
Bradshaw (2-1) struggled out of the gate and wasn’t able to convert a first down until there was one minute left in the first quarter, and that came at the hand of a Saguaro defensive penalty. The Bears were able to get on the board midway through the second quarter when receiver Colton Audsley scrambled from the wildcat position for a 20-yard touchdown. Once Bradshaw put Audsley in at the wildcat position it opened the offense and allowed Bradshaw Mountain to start to produce.
Audsley would finish the night with 109 yards all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
After trailing 41-0 early in the game, Bradshaw relied on quarterback Jarett Cain along with Audsley to try to lead a comeback. As a result of that Cain was more aggressive than normal, but finished the night just 10-for-24 for 105 yards one touchdown and three interceptions.
One factor that may have played an impact on Bradshaw’s players early in the game was the heat. The Bears, who traveled from Prescott for Friday’s game, faced a rare start time of 5 p.m. at Saguaro, with the temperature still in the mid 90s. Saguaro’s Rubenzer admitted it was most likely an advantage for their team.
“It really wasn’t too bad for most of us,” Rubenzer said. “Obviously coming from Prescott it was probably a little different for them, but we practice every day out in the heat after school and today wasn’t too bad.”
Saguaro opened their season with a 52-27 loss to Chaparral that left its team depleted and with several injured players. Since then the Sabercats have won two games by wide margins, something coach Jason Mohns said has been partially helped by younger players stepping up to fill those positions.
“We’ve got a freshman and sophomore (Kayden Lyles and Michael Weinstein) who have stepped up and played really well on the offensive line," Mohns said. "Those guys are starting to gel, and in the last two weeks we’ve shown that if we can give Rubenzer time to set his feet and make his throws he’s going to make things happen with the weapons around him.”
Saguaro 69, Bradshaw Mountain 21
First Downs: SG 12, BM 8
Rushing: SG 28-201, BM 21-99
Passing: SG (12-15-275) BM (12-26-157)
Fumbles-lost: SG 2-1, BM 1-1
Penalties-yards: SG 5-50, BM 6-60
Saguaro 34 21 14 0 -- 69
Bradshaw Mountain 0 13 8 0 – 21
SG: Kirk 50 run (Tjaarda kick)
SG: Koutsalas 16 pass from Rubenzer (Tjaarda kick)
SG: Koutsalas 15 pass from Rubenzer (Tjaarda kick)
SG: Lyles 77 pass from Rubenzer (Tjaarda kick)
SG: Koutsalas 36 INT return (kick missed)
SG: Reece 1 run (Tjaarda kick)
BM: Audsley 20 run (Espinoza kick)
SG: Nettleton 60 pass from Rubenzer (Tjaarda kick)
BM: Martenson 37 pass from Cain (2-point missed)
SG: Reece 27 run (Tjaarda kick)
SG: Kirk 80 punt return (Tjaarda kick)
BM: Espinoza 50 pass from Audsley (Pena 2 pass from Audsley)
SG: Adams 33 pass from Rubenzer (Tjaarda kick)