Saguaro lives up to expectations at start of football season

Saguaro High School football team. (Photo by Joe McInerney)

Saguaro High School football team. (Photo by Joe McInerney)

After coming off their big victory on ESPN’s Kickoff Classic, the Saguaro High School football team look to continue their success against Catalina Foothills High School under the Friday night lights.

Going back to last season, the Sabercats are on a 13-game winning streak. But Head Coach Jason Mohns preaches to his team to not think about it.

“The win streak doesn’t apply to them,” said Coach Mohns. “The minute you start thinking that you’re something better than you are because of what you’ve done in the past is when somebody will sneak up and beat you.”

Instead the team is focused on trying to capture their fourth consecutive state title.

“All that matters is bringing home that gold ball and that’s something I want to do all fours of years of my high school career,” said senior offensive lineman Corey Stephens.

According to Coach Mohns, Saguaro football has won state titles three times in a row on two separate occasions (2006-2008 and 2013-2015), but has never won it four years in a row.

Looking forward, the Sabercats will continue to attack teams with their power run game.

Facing Valor Christian on Aug. 27, the Sabercats ran for 332 yards with 322 of those yards coming from senior running back Stone Matthews and junior quarterback Max Massingale.

In addition to the running game, Coach Mohns will also like to see to his quarterback stay efficient in throwing the football. Massingale, in his first two games of the year is 22 of 30 for 348 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

“We’re so balanced,” said Matthews. “We can run it, we can pass it and even if you know it’s coming you can’t stop it because we’re such a powerhouse.”

Unfortunately for the Sabercats, they will be without offensive linemen and Arizona State University commit Corey Stephens for four to six weeks. Stephens suffered a partially torn MCL against Valor Christian on Aug. 27.

Editor’s Note: Mr. Toft is a student journalist at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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