Lots of questions this season down
From the opening kickoff that Scott Brown returned for a score only to have it called back on a holding penalty, to the end of the game, Sabino showed that, once again, it has the goods to contend for a state title. Quarterback Will Naas, a better athlete than Randall, ran the offense with proficiency and will get better. A tailback by committee featuring Brown and Mark Dragoslovich looks like they will combine to meet or beat the numbers of Lundgren. Volk is a monster at middle linebacker. Reed looks like the next coming of, well, brother Brooks. And the offensive line led by Jason Nottingham is among the better lines in 4A.
After the opening kick was called back, the Sabercats calmly drove down the field and scored on a short run by Brown to go up 7. Independence came up with some trickery on their kick return, reversing the ball to fast Tyquan Wilson for 62 yards, Cat kicker Bobby Bird forcing him out. The Patriots, winners of nine games a year ago and coached by former Sabino head Gary Buer, couldn't score on the good field position. Sabino took over and promptly moved down the field, scoring on a Naas to Reed pass, the first of two hook-ups for touchdowns by the duo.
Sabino continued to dominate in the second half. Their defense caused havoc and the
offense mixed up the pass and run well.
They need to develop a deep threat for Naas at the wide receiver slot,
but they have got a legitimate red zone go-to guy in the six foot six inch
Reed. Game balls to Reed for his
two touchdowns in his first varsity start and Volk for the successful transition
to linebacker from the end spot a year ago. Final score: Sabino 31