Many thought with the heated rivalry, the talented players and the past games being close ones, that the 4A1 title game match-up between Saguaro and Chaparral would be a great game. It turned out to be pretty lopsided.
The Sabercat D forced a punt and it took their offense just two plays to get on the scoreboard. Erik Brown raced 66 yards to put Saguaro up 7-0.
Saguaro's D forced another punt and the offense but together a long drive that lead to a Steve Chiappetti field goal. Beau Burton did much of the leg work moving the chains on some critical 3rd down plays. 10-0.
The team's exchanged punts and just when it looked like Chaparral gained some momentum with the defensive stop, Burton picked off a Spencer Stone pass. Stone was hurt on the play and did not return. Burton raced 40 yards to get inside the 5 yard line and scored on the next play to put the Sabercats up 17-0 at the half.
Saguaro started the second half as they did the first, with a long Erik Brown TD run. This one was from 70 yards out. 24-0.
Things got worse for Chaparral when star junior RB Dwayne Garrett was ejected. At the time he was their only real offensive threat. The Firebirds were now severely handicapped with the loss of their two star offensive players.
Saguaro picked Chaparral's backup QB twice, including safety Sam Wolfe taking one in to pretty much put the nail in the coffin. Burton added a TD late in the 4th that gave us the final score of 38-0 and Saguaro their third straight state title.
Chaparral never got anything going offensively and the chance of a comeback was slim with Stone and Garrett being out. The game was physical and had several personal fouls but that is to be expected knowing how much hatred these two teams have for each other. But Saguaro played well in all facets of the game and capped a great 2008 season.
Pick one. Beau Burton scored twice and had the bulk of the carries. Erik Brown scored twice and Sam Wolfe had two INTs on defense.