Saguaro and Coronado went into their 4A East Sky Region football bout Thursday injured and dependent on youth.
Saguaro played less hurt and less young in its 38-0 drubbing of visiting Coronado.
"I’m really proud of both sides of the ball," said Saguaro coach Mike Reardon.
"Our offense did a nice job and our defense did what they were supposed to do — get three-and-outs."
The Sabercats (4-5, 3-2 region) dominated every facet of the game. Saguaro had 419 yards of offense to the Dons’ 103 (56 of which came on two plays).
On the ground, Saguaro had 303 yards on 49 carries. Coronado (2-7, 1-4) had 24 yards on 21 carries.
Coronado never got inside the Sabercats’ red zone.
"It’s always nice when you get a shutout," Reardon said. "That’s (a shutout) the only proof of all the hard work you’ve put in all year."
On their first drive of the game, the Sabercats moved 65 yards in eight plays. On the drive, Aaron Adams had 29 yards on four carries. He capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run.
Saguaro broke away in the second quarter with 17 points on three consecutive drives.
The first three points came on Stone Walters’ 40 yard field goal to make the score 10-0.
On the Sabercats’ next drive, C.J. Venezia scored on a 2-yard touchdown.
Saguaro’s final touchdown of the quarter came on Justin Andreen’s 10-yard run to make the halftime score 24-0. Andreen led all rushers with 108 yards on 10 carries.
"It’s taken us nine games," Reardon said, "but we’re getting there and we’re feeling good."
The third quarter offered as much production as the first half for the Dons. In the quarter, the Dons had minus 3 yards of offense.
Saguaro, on the other hand, continued its ground assault. This time, it was quarterback John Sanders’ turn to score a rushing touchdown. Sanders’ 11-yard run gave the Sabercats a 31-0 lead.
In the air, Sanders completed 8-of-10 passes for 92 yards.
In the fourth quarter, the Dons had their greatest offensive output. They sustained a 12-play, 56-yard drive, which featured a 43-yard pass play from Andy Klein to Eric Beltran.
The Dons got as far as Saguaro’s 20-yard line before giving the ball back on downs.
Saguaro took the ensuing drive 78 yards in 11 plays. Clayton Dowd scored a 1-yard touchdown to make the score 38-0.
The victory moved the Sabercats closer to their seasonally adjusted goal.
"Our goal we set a couple of weeks ago, for the seniors, was to go out .500," Reardon said. "We’ve got one game to go. But we know (next week’s opponent) Tempe’s not going to lay down for us."