No dirty play. Just good football.
A week after Scottsdale Saguaro won via forfeit when opposing Tempe claimed Saguaro played with the intent to injure, Saguaro came out and dominated visiting Fountain Hills 63-0 in a non-division game Friday night.
Saguaro (3-1) seemed to go out of its way to keep it clean. There are always chances to take cheap shots throughout a game, and Saguaro didn’t bite.
Saguaro had multiple personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties called last week. And while it had penalty problems Friday, the only 15-yard foul on Saguaro was a horse-collar tackle in the second quarter.
Still, Saguaro coach Jason Mohns inststed he didn’t tell his team to change the way it plays.
“We just wanted our kids to stay focused,” he said. “We’ve always played fast, physical football all the way to the whistle and that is what we did tonight.”
But last Friday’s game was talked about throughout the week.
“It was tough not to talk about it,” junior quarterback Luke Rubenezer said,” but we just tried to move past it.”
On the third play of the game, Rubenzer tossed a 68-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Christian Kirk to set the tone early. It was the first of two 60-plus yard scores the two connected on.
Rubenzer finished the game with nearly 200 yards passing yards and three touchdowns. Kirk had more than 150 receiving yards to go along with his pair of scores.
The ground game was strong too with seniors Gena Adams and Kash Robinson finding big holes in the Fountain Hills (1-3) defense.
Gena finished with more than 200 yards and three scores, while Robinson had nearly 100 yards and one touchdown.
Saguaro pulled its offensive starters early in the third quarter with a 48-0 lead.