In what was some pretty good foreshadowing, Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer’s fourth varsity pass completion of his high school career was a touchdown. It was mop-up duty in the 2010 playoff quarterfinals against Peoria Bradshaw Mountain.
Behind some guy named Teddy Ruben, Rubenzer was merely a freshman in what’s become a football factory at Saguaro, but had little reason to believe he’d turn out like this.
“It was a sign of things to come,” said Sabercats coach Jason Mohns, an assistant when Rubenzer first arrived to campus.
All those things have long-since arrived. Rubenzer threw six touchdown passes in a win over Phoenix Washington on Friday night to give him 113 and surpass former Show Low quarterback Rathen Ricedorff’s record of 112 set from 2008-2010.
Rubenzer has completed 73 percent of his passes for 3,065 yards, 44 touchdowns and three interceptions. All three of those picks came against Chaparral in Week 1, when the Sabercats also lost their starting center for the season early in the first quarter.
That means Rubenzer, who’s committed to the University of California-Berkeley, has thrown 43 touchdown to zero interceptions since.
He’s also surpasses 1,000 yards rushing with seven more touchdowns, and has two interceptions on defense.
The Sabercats host No. 7 Tucson Sabino in this week’s Div. III quarterfinals.
“He’s been absolutely unreal,” Mohns said. “I almost feel bad for him, but I don’t think he’s gotten near the credit for the season.”
Washington hung around through three quarters last week, which kept Rubenzer and others in the game. After his fifth touchdown, Mohns said he gave Rubenzer one more series before he pulled him from the game. Sure enough, the record-breaker came on a quick pass to Cameron Koutsalas, who ran most of a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Mohns said Rubenzer kept the game ball, but the way offenses are moving the ball these days, his possession of the record could be short-lived.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6576.