Big Plays Lift Sabino Over Sahuaro, 29-6

<i>Old Pueblo Preps</i> was in attendance for the first main showdown of the season in Tucson High School Football as Sabino took on Sahuaro Thursday night. The game was pretty even until after halftime when a series of big plays by Sabino blew the contest wide open. We take a look at the game and some of the primetime players that dominated it.

After a fairly uneventful first half Thursday night in Sahuaro stadium, there was plenty of action to be had in the final two quarters. Coming out of the gates for the third quarter the score was 7-0, Sabino. That is when Sabino players Cody Jones, Glyndon Bolasky, and Brooks Reed turned it up for the Sabercats.

Bolasky, a junior, had a few nice runs in the third and then finally hit paydirt when he took a sweep 50 yards at the end of the quarter to put Sabino up 13-0. Glyndon is definitely one to watch next year as he displays great vision, nice quickness, and balance. On the evening, he rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries. His counterpart, junior running back Travis Colson also had a nice night with a touchdown and 113 yards on 17 carries.

Early in the fourth quarter, the opportunistic Bolasky showed that he also has great reaction skills when he grabbed a Cody Jones pass out of the air that had bounced off of one of his teammates. That play went for 53 yards. On the very next snap, he sweeped right, weaved through a little traffic, and bursted down the sideline for a 41-yard touchdown.

Glyndon attended the Arizona prospect camp this summer and also went to a passing league tournament at Colorado State. "I am not sure what schools I like yet," said Bolasky when asked if he was favoring any schools, early. "I went to the U of A camp and the Colorado State camp so those are really the only two schools I have seen so far. All I know is that it feels great to start the season with a win."

Bolasky may have provided the biggest spark on offense Thursday night for the Sabercats, but Cody Jones may have had the biggest all-around presence for his squad. He caught two passes from his newly acquired tight end spot, one going for 36 yards. Jones completed a couple of key passes besides the one to Bolasky, and also had three sacks on defense and was in the Sahuaro backfield all evening. Did we mention that he was also the Sabino punter? Cody booted a couple of 40-plus yarders.

"It felt good to come out and get a win in the first game against a rival like Sahuaro," Jones told Old Pueblo Preps. "A lot of the guys on the team hadn't beaten Sahuaro before so it was good to get that win for them."

Cody looked like he was hobbling at times during the game, but he denied any ailment. "That was just me sucking wind," he explained laughing. "I got a little tired a couple times."

Since Jones never comes off the field for Sabino, it is easy to see why.

It is obvious that Cody has talent at different positions so where he will play in college is anyone's guess. He looked pretty comfortable at tight end but then he would look equally as good at defensive end. California has offered him as a d-end and schools like Colorado and Purdue see him on offense. UA is also looking at him as a tight end. He blocks well, moves well, and has very good hands. Jones also has the frame to add quite a bit of weight.

Across the way on the defense, Brooks Reed looks like he will get some attention next year. He is just as disruptive on the end as Jones is. He may not be as athletic, but looks like he plays with more power and has a definite mean streak to him. At fullback, he was bowling over Sahuaro defenders all night and at times it would take as many as four Cougars to bring down the 6-3, 210-pounder.

The only bright spot on the field for Sahuaro all night was wide receiver/kick returner Michael Brownstein. Michael had a 92-yard kick return that provided his squad's lone touchdown.

Old Pubelo Preps will be attending many upcoming games this season showcasing Tucson's top high school football talent.

Old Pueblo Preps is the sister publication to Cat Tracks Arizona Insider Magazine. The debut issue comes out in October.

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