Sabino used a stifling defense and ball controlling offense to defeat rival CDO in the quarterfinals. Unlike the first time these teams met this year, the Sabercats' offense was off and running from the get go behind a determined Glydon Bolasky. The senior tailback set the tone early on in the Sabercats' first drive with 60 yards on the ground and a 5 yard score, running through, around, and over defenders. The Dorados after being shut down on their opening drive would nicely return the favor with a 14 yard scamper by Peter Romero to notch the game at 7 to end the 1st.
Bolasky, not normally a kickoff returner, took the following kick 40 yards to the Sabino 45 setting up the offense with great field position. Bolasky then broke off a 25 yard run that led way to Justin Randall connecting with Brooks Reed from 14 yards out and 14-7 lead. Behind Ryan Lush and Romero, Canyon del Oro would threaten again until Andy Threlkeld picked off a Lush pass and returned it back to the Canyon del Ore 27. Momentum swung in Sabino's direction when Bolasky would run his second in, this time from 25 yards out. After consecutive punts by both squads, Canyon caught a break on a shanked punt leaving the Dorados with excellent field position but with time ticking and no timeouts, the Dorados were forced to try a 51yard FG that would fall short. Making the score at the half. Sabino 21 Canyon del Ore 7.
A dominant performance by the Sabercats D-Line would seal the victory in the 2nd half, as they were able to keep one of 4A's most potent and well balanced offenses in check and out of the endzone. Twice Canyon was given the ball in the redzone after Sabino turnovers and failed to capitalize. Sabino's Randall would cough the ball up at his own 13 after being blind sided when he dropped back for a pass and the Dorados would recover. However an interception on third down would halt that threat. Then minutes later, Canyon's Peter Romero blocked a punt that gave the Dorados possession at the Sabino 28. Things only got worse for the Dorados after that, when star QB Ryan Lush would be taken out of the game on a vicious sack by LB Brandon Hodgeson and would not return. His backup would lose the snap out the shotgun two plays later where Mike Goodwin would scoop it up and take it 78 yards to the house for the Sabercats, building their lead to a 21 points and drilling the nails into the coffin as Sabino went on to win 28-7.
Bottom Line- Bolasky really stepped up when his team needed it the most and provided the spark that this Sabino team needed to get things rolling. He was held in check in the first meeting when they lost but he ran like he was on a mission in the quarterfinals rematch. This team is starting to gel nicely after an up and down regular season and is playing by far the best football it has all year. They will look to keep things going when the meet an unbeaten Millennium team in the semis in what should be a great game.
Game Balls- Bolasky with 160 yards on 25 carries and two scores on offense. On defense Sabercat Jakob Stallings was a force defensively all night moving from his outside linebacking spot to the defensive line and helping shut down the edge to the CDO run game.