Sabino 16 Cienega 14
held on in the final seconds to overcome a Cienega comeback making the big play
when it counted most. In a game featuring two of southern
Sabino's stingy defense absolutely dominated the entire first half holding Cienega to 45 yards of offense and controlling the pace of the game. The Cienega defense had its hands full going into the game with the task of corralling Sabino tailback Glyndon Bolasky who has had his way with most defenses thus far this season. Bolasky had to earn every bit of his 99 yards on the evening. However, Sabino was able to strike the first big blow of the game when QB Justin Randall got Cienega off guard connecting with big TE Cody Jones for a 75 yard score but they failed to convert the PAT putting Sabino up 6-0. Then late in the half, Sabino's defense came up big with an interception deep in Cienega territory and was able to add 3 more points on a 22 yard FG by Matt Smith to close out the quarter, leaving Sabino up 9-0 at the half.
Whatever momentum that Sabino had built up going into the half was soon terminated when Cienega rumbled 65 yards down field on the first drive, capped by a 6 yard scoring run by tailback John Olague. The touchdown cut the Sabercats' lead to 9-7.
was able to respond late in the 3rd with a solid drive of their own
ending with a 1 yd plunge by Bolasky
making the score 16-7. Neither team could get much going for them on offense to
open the game's final quarter, as they traded possessions, until Cienega came up
big on special teams.
This would all lead into the game's final drive. Pressed for time, Cienega's offense was in search of a comeback victory. They mustered the ball inside Sabino's 10 with 13 seconds left and called upon kicker Sergio Velasco, setting up a short 23 yd FG attempt to win the game. However with the home crowd behind them, Sabino made the play they needed to as their d-line collapsed on Velasco blocking the kick and sealing yet another victory for the undefeated Sabercats.
Glyndon Bolasky came into the game averaging well over 100 yards and ran hard all night, fighting for 99 yards on 22 carries.
Cienega's John Olague played solid on both sides of the ball and made the big plays when he needed to.
Sabino's Cody Jones also had a solid game and showed great speed on his 75 yard TD reception that put Sabino ahead early.