Catalina Foothills dominated this matchup of Kino opponents. Sahuaro still looks to be reeling from the loss of playmaker Michael Lachapelle. While they may not have won this game with Lachapelle in the lineup, they would have been much more competitive.
From the start of the first quarter, Catalina Foothills loaded the line of scrimmage to stop the run, leaving the backs to go man to man. Showing no respect for Sahuaro's passing game, they stuffed the run all night long. Sahuaro gave up the ball on a fumble on its first possession and punted on the rest of their possessions of the first half.
While being dominated on offense, Sahuaro's defense stifled #12 Joe Arreguin and Catalina Foothill's running game. Sahuaro's Drew Blondeaux anchored this solid defensive first half, seeming to always be around the ball. However, Catalina Foothills finally wore down the defense near the end of the half, sustaining a long drive thanks to a number of good passes. A 15 yard TD pass from Arreguin to David Kay with 30 seconds left put the first points of the game on the board.
HALFTIME SAHUARO 0 – CATALINA FOOTHILLS 7
The floodgates opened in the second half, with Catalina Foothills showing a good mix of passing and running to keep the Sahuaro defense on its heels. Sahuaro got the ball first and after a quick first down, had to punt it away. Electing to go with a fake punt, the RB missed the snap and the ball was covered by Sahuaro for a big loss and turnover on downs, giving Catalina Foothills excellent field position. Catalina Foothills went to work, pounding out yards on the ground while mixing it up with some pass plays. After a pass to Parker Young got the ball near the goal line. 2 quick QB keepers made the score Sahuaro 0 – Catalina Foothills 14.
Catalina Foothills' defense did not let their offense have all the glory. After the offense scored again to make it 0 – 20 (PAT failed), Catalina Foothills Joe Dawson blocked a Sahuaro punt, scooped the ball off the ground and ran it in for a touchdown. Sahuaro 0 – Catalina Foothills 27
After Catalina scored on a power sweep by David Kay, Sahuaro ensured there would not be a shutout, with Casey McGrew helping to move the ball down the field and diving into the end zone from 2 yards out for Sahuaro's only points of the game. Catalina Foothills would score once more with under a minute left in the game, a tough run by Parker Young.
FINAL Sahuaro 7 – Catalina Foothills 41
Bottom Line: Catalina will need to keep the offensive momentum rolling as region games with Cienega and Amphitheater draw closer.
Game Balls: Sahuaro's defense – While the score may show how much they were abused, they never quit playing football, giving their all until the final second ticked off the clock. With their offense going three and out almost every possession, they were on the field nearly the entire game. After a while, it takes guts and determination to continue to play hard and they did. For Catalina Foothills Joe Arreguin, passing, running, he is a solid all around QB. David Kay, Kay made plays both on offense and defense. He seemed to be all over the field, especially on defense. Offensive line. This group of players more than held their own the entire game. Pass blocking was superb and run blocking was solid. It will be interesting to see them perform if Foothills make the playoffs.