Amphitheater 36 Sabino 28
Amphitheater out slugged previous unbeaten Sabino for what was likely the 4A Kino region championship Friday night at Sabino High. The game featured two of southern Arizona's more potent offenses and they did not disappoint combining for 64 points and 680 yards most of which were on the ground. Legendary coach Vern Friedli and the Panthers had their old-school wishbone offense working to perfection as they pounded the ball up and down the field getting 3-4 yards a carry. Sabino went much of the night without standout Cody Jones, who saw limited time because of a toe injury. The pass game was ineffective for the most part without Jones but Sabino had its run game clicking and tailback Glyndon Bolasky had a solid game with 3 TDs.
It was a great first half with both teams trading jabs. Amphi was led by running back Efe Okougbo with two long td runs of 50 and 57 yards while Bolasky got Sabino on the board with two TD runs of his own notching the score at 14 going into halftime. The third quarter seemed to be the turning point of the game for Amphi when Ryan Kreitner intercepted a Justin Randall pass and returned it 35 yards to the Sabino 1 yard line. Bronson Lacaillade punched it in on the next play and a Sabino penalty on the PAT prompted Coach Friedli to go for a two point conversion which was successful putting Amphi up 22-14. Sabino answered back late in the period on 41 yard TD run by Bolasky but failed to convert their two point try leaving the Sabercats down 22-20. Hopes of a comeback for Sabino took a huge blow in the final quarter when Amphi scored for back to back TDs on a 36 yard pass From Mark Jimenez to Dominic Escamilla and a 4 yard run by Okougbo. Sabino finally mustered out a TD of their own with two minutes left to play on an 8 yard strike from Justin Randall to Brooks Reed but that we be all that they could get as Amphi came out victorious 36-28.
Bottom Line: Amphitheater suffered back to back 3 point losses to undefeated Cactus and previously unbeaten Canyon Del Oro that really brought their team together. Vern Friedli always has his team prepared and ready to work and once playoffs roll around, they will be a tough team to beat.
Game Balls: Efe Okougbo had another solid game on the ground, rushing for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns for Amphi. Glyndon Bolasky went to business as usual, rushing for 191 yards on 20 carries for 3 touchdowns for Sabino.