The Dorados were able to halt a late Sabino comeback when Brandon Penick intercepted a Justin Randall pass with 11 seconds remaining to seal a CDO victory and what many think will be the Sonoran region crown. Despite 23 penalties for over 200 yards fans were treated to a great game that saw both teams battling with more than bragging rights on the line.
CDO would start out hot when QB Ryan Lush continued to rip opposing defenses apart, connecting for 51 yards with Kade Creviston on the game's first play and a 7-0 lead. Sabino star RB Glyndon Bolasky crashed in from 5 yards out for 1 of his 2 TDs with 6:05 left in the first to tie the score at 7. Bolasky's score was set up when Sabino's Jacob Goodman picked off Lush's pass at the CDO 32 leaving the Sabercats with great field possession.
The score would hold at 7 until Peter Romero booted a 46 yarder through the uprights to end the first quarter with a 10-7 CDO lead. Romero would miss from 42 yards out minutes later but the Dorados would strike again when Lush and Creviston hooked up for the second time on the evening, this time from 4 yards, and a 17-7 halftime lead.
With Lush struggling in the 2nd half, the CDO defense would make the plays that would decide the game. Sabino cut the Dorados lead to 17-15 to open the half when Randall scored on a sneak then hit Ryan Reusch for the 2 point conversion. Sabino would get the ball back after a defensive stop late in the 3rd and momentum building until Nic Ziegler came up with the games' biggest play intercepting Randall's pass and taking 25 yards to the zone to put CDO up 24-15.
Not about to backdown, Sabino would get some momentum back with the game winding down. With CDO threatening again Chris Lundgren intercepted a Lush pass in the endzone and a personal foul would give the Sabercats possession at their own 35. Bolasky would shred defenders on a 20 yard score two plays later set up by a 45 yard strike from Randall to Jakob Stallings. Sabino would come up with a big defensive stop on the Dorados next drive with 1:15 to go in the game. Randall would hookup with Lundgren twice for 7 yards each and a first down near midfield. Back to back sacks left Sabino in a 3 and long situation with time ticking when Randall would attempt to hit Bolasky streaking down the middle of the field only to have the ball land in the arms of CDOs Brandon Penick, ending the Sabercats' hopes of a comeback victory. Final CDO 24 Sabino 21.
Bottom Line- With each teams' offensive stars struggling (Bolasky and Lush) the defense would decide the winner and with a total of 8 turnovers neither would disappoint. It would be the Dorados who came up with the biggest play when it was needed most. Sabino may still have a shot at the region crown with if someone upsets CDO but barring that, they are in position to finish second if they can run the table with their last big test being Rincon.
Game Balls- Peter Romero did a great job of pacing the CDO ground game with 117 yards on 17 carries. It's tough to single out any player defensively for either team because both units did a great job on their defensive schemes creating 4 turnovers a piece.