This game had the best atmosphere of any game I have been to this season. It was standing room only by 6 o'clock as it seemed like all of Scottsdale came out for this game.
The game would remain scoreless for most of the first half as neither offense could manage to sustain a drive. Chaparral got a spark when QB Spencer Stone hit Tommy Tyma for a 25 yard gain but a personal foul killed the drive and Saguaro mounted a drive of their own.
The drive started when QB Cole Rarrick found TE Max Smith for a 20 yard gain when it looked as though Rarrick would be sacked. Beau Burton ran for a first down and WR Erik Brown got the Sabercats in scoring position after a 37 yard reverse. Saguaro then used some trickery to get in the endzone. They lined up an offensive tackle in the slot and Max Smith as a tackle but kept him the endman on the line of scrimmage, thus eligible for a pass. Rarrick found Smith wide open in the back of the endzone and it was 7-0 Saguaro.
Chaparral looked as though they were going to answer as Stone hit Rob Mougey and Brandon Martin for gains of 12 and 16 yards. They got a bonus when they got 15 free yards when Justin Jungblut and Taylor Lewan got into it and Jungblut was flagged. The very next play, Stone hit Dwayne Garrett for a 30+ yard scoring strike but it was called back for illegal hands to the face against Lewan. The Firebirds were not able to get out of the hole and went into half time down 7-0.
In the second half, Saguaro's defense came to play. They forced Chaparral's offense three and out on their first three series while the Sabercats were able to get in the endzone on two of their first three, building a 21-0 lead. Rarrick found Smith on a very similar play for their second score of the night and Beau Burton raced in from 10 yards out for the second TD.
Saguaro fumbled the ball away twice in the 4th period but Chaparral was not able to capitalize.
Final Saguaro 21 Chaparral 0
Saguaro was bigger and more physical at most positions. They were able to lean on Chaparral a little in the second half. Chaparral was never able to mount a drive in the second half and left their defense on the field a lot. They also don't have the same playmakers they had last year, sorely missing Mike Cummings and Deveron Carr.
Other random thoughts:
There was a TON of talent on the field this evening.
Saguaro has the biggest line I have seen.
Taylor Lewan is an absolute beast for Chap. He is flat out nasty. He had some flags that hurt the team and must be smart about it but he cannot lose that nasty streak. That is something that cannot be taught.
Chaparral really misses TE Tyler Williams who is out for the year with a torn ACL. He was their best receiving threat.
I give it to Max Smith for his 2 TDs and clutch catch that got the drive going on their Saguaro's first score.
You also have to give it up to the Sabercats D that pitched a shutout.
Chaparral v. Saguaro
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