Cactus Shadows v. Saguaro

The Saguaro Sabercats scored 42 unanswered to up end Cactus Shadows

Cactus Shadows Falcons (2-3) vs. Saguaro Sabercats (5-0)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

 

Going into Thursday night's game, the 5-0 Saguaro Sabercats had more than just football on their minds.  Walking onto the field for the coin toss, among the three Saguaro captains, only the jersey of linebacker, #46 Jake Dunn, was present.  Jake was hurt in a terrible accident last Sunday, and still remains in critical condition at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital.  The Sabercats were playing this game for him.

 

Saguaro started off strong in the first quarter with quarterback Tim Ruben running for a 47 yard touchdown.  After a successful PAT, the score was a quick 7-0.  Cactus Shadows started off rough after the snap during the third play of the drive was fumbled and recovered by quarterback Dillon Classen pushing them back to 3 & 30.  After a short pass to #14 Danny Trittler for the first down the Falcons were gaining their momentum back but it was interrupted with a dropped reverse pitch to #28 Matt  Williams pushing them back to 3 & 32.  A pass interference penalty on Saguaro kept Cactus Shadows alive in their first drive of the night with an automatic first down.  Finally, on the 19th play of the drive,  Classen handed the ball off to #22 Anthony Stephens for a touchdown.  With the PAT good, the score was tied 7-7 at the end of the 1st quarter. 

 

The second quarter was dominated by the  Sabercats.  Ruben ran for 31 yards for the touchdown, PAT was good making the score 14-7.  The ball was in the hands of the Sabercats quickly after #32 Mike Kirkegaard intercepted a pass intended for Williams, and ran it for a 32 yard touchdown.  After the extra point, Saguaro was leading 21-7.  After the Falcon's received the ball, it was soon in the hands of Saguaro again after #9 Andrew Johnson intercepted the ball.  On Saguaro's 4th down, Ruben scored his third rushing touchdown, the extra point was good and the score was at 28-7.    After getting the ball back again, the Sabercats were at 1rst & 40.  A pass to #11 Paul Porras, minus one cleat, converted the play for the first down.  All it took was a 5 yard run by Johnson for the touchdown.  PAT was good and Saguaro was leading 35-7.  Not only was Saguaro's offense on fire, but so was their defense, not allowing Cactus Shadows to pick up any points on the following drive.  After receiving the ball, quarterback Ruben scored again on a 51 yard run, giving him 1,005 rushing yards for the  season, and making the score 42-7 at the half. 

 

At the end of the half:

 

Saguaro Sabercats

Cactus Shadows Falcons

Score

42

7

Rushing yards

205

38

Passing yards

98

118

Time of Possession

5:21

18:39

Turnovers

0

2

 

The third quarter resembled much of the game after Ruben threw a short screen pass to Porras , who turned it into an 85 yard touchdown reception, outrunning the Falcon secondary.  After a good PAT, the score was 49-7.  The Saguaro defense dominated Cactus Shadows offense not allowing them to score during the third quarter, Kirkegaard adding his second interception of the night.

 

As the fourth quarter began both quarterbacks, Tim Ruben and Dillon Classen, were taken out and replaced by Saguaro quarterback Cole Rarrick and Cactus Shadows quarterback Brain Colan.  Both teams were unable to score in the fourth quarter resulting in Saguaro having 42 unanswered points after the first quarter. 

 

Final Stats: 

 

Saguaro Sabercats

Cactus Shadows Falcons

Score

49

7

Rushing yards

231

43

Passing yards

183

151

Time of Possession

-

-

Turnovers

0

3

 

Cactus Shadows Quarterback Dillon Classen completed 14/31 passes.

 

Cactus Shadows Danny Trittler had 7 catches for 107 yards.

 

Saguaro Quarterback Tim Ruben had 6 carries for 158 yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns.  Passing, Ruben was 6/9 for 183 yards and 1 touchdown, for a total of 341 yards; earning himself a game ball that will probably go over to Jake Dunn. 


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