Coach Mike Reardon said during training camp that his Saguaro team was inexperienced and would need time to grow. So far, the Sabercats have proved him correct.
The Sabercats, who made it to the 4A state playoff semifinals last year but were hit hard by graduation, didn’t look much like a playoff team last week as they were whipped at Tucson Canyon del Oro, 33-6.
"We did everything wrong," Reardon said. "We played worse than the score indicated."
Saguaro better do some things right tonight or it could be in for another long game. The Sabercats play host to Goodyear Millennium, which after a 2-0 start looks like a 4A Division II title contender. After opening the season with a 76-7 victory over Page, Millennium beat a pretty good Pinnacle team, 42-26.
"The team we’re playing is better than CDO," said Reardon of Millennium. "They can move the ball and play good defense."
It is hard to say whether the Sabercats can move the ball. They fumbled nine times last week, making it tough to judge just what kind of offense they have.
"Every team has early jitters with some players," Reardon said. "We had them all in one night."
The Sabercats have a talented running back in Tyler Porras, but he needs holes to run through. Obviously, they also have to shore up their defense.
That defense will have its attention focused on Millennium’s Aaron Gentry, who is averaging 232 yards of total offense in two games. Gentry, who had 226 yards against Pinnacle has scored eight touchdowns in those two games.
Reardon is confident Saguaro will get better.
"That’s what we’re looking for this week, improvement," Reardon said. "We’re always looking for a win. We have a lot of places to improve. If we do, who knows. We could turn it around right away."