The Saguaro High School football team looks like the better team even before kickoff. It’s all about organization and preparation.
“Our pregame ritual is our OCD,” said Stone Matthews. It is the team’s way of getting hyped up and in the moment, according to the senior running back.
During the team’s pregame warmups, coach Jason Mohns gives every player a handshake and a pat on the back.
“When the game gets going, sometimes I go to a different place. I like to go to them and say, ‘Hey man let’s have a great game. I love you and let’s get after it,’” said Mohns with a smile.
“Coach still loves you even though he might get after you a little bit.”
That preparation showed as the Sabercats cruised by the St. Mary’s Knights 34-6 at Phoenix College.
Over a harvest moon, the tale of two halves continued into this week as the Sabercats exploded for 34 points in the first half with most of their success coming through the air.
“Max [Massingale] was locked in and the defense they were playing was daring us to throw the football, and we hit some big plays,” said Mohns.
Even though Saguaro did not play their star receiver, Logan Pettijohn, who suffered a minor ankle sprain in last week’s game against Higley, Massingale was on fire during the first half throwing for 135 yards and five touchdowns. The junior quarterback now has 13 touchdowns for the season.
However, the offense stuttered and failed to score a point in the second half. “The second half was not what we expected and we didn’t finish,” said Massingale.
Mohns also hammered the message to his players after the game. “We talked about having about having a killer instinct and coming out and putting a team away,” said Mohns. “We missed blocks and took penalties and never found a rhythm in the second half.”
Despite the second half stall on offense, the defense dominated St. Mary’s. It was not until late into the fourth quarter that the Knights found the end zone on a 16-yard reception.
Saguaro (5-0) will finish off its three game road series next week when it travels to Peoria to play Sunrise Mountain (4-0).
Editor’s note: Mr. Toft is a journalism student at Arizona State University