Saguaro scores 5 times in 1st quarter in rout of Arcadia

Saguaro scores 5 times in 1st quarter in rout of Arcadia


Saguaro scores 5 times in 1st quarter in rout of Arcadia


So many superlatives could be used to describe Scottsdale Saguaro’s first quarter Friday night, but the facts speak for themselves.

Junior quarterback Luke Rubenzer threw touchdown passes of 60 and 73 yards. He and sophomore Christian Kirk each had rushing touchdowns of more than 60 yards. Senior running back Gena Adams punched one in too. The defense only allowed one first down.

The fast start propelled Saguaro to an easy 55-13 win at Phoenix Arcadia in a Division III match up.

“Our offense was clicking tonight,” Saguaro coach Jason Mohns said. “We’re getting healthy at the right time, we’re playing good defense and we’re ready to roll.”

Rubenzer was 3-of-3 for 140 yards and two touchdowns passes in the first three minutes of the game.

The starter was replaced by junior backup Nathaniel Larson at halftime, but not before racking up nearly 350 yards of offense to go along with three total touchdowns.

Kirk was on the receiving end of Rubenzer’s first touchdown pass, and his rushing touchdown less than three minutes later gave him 145 yards of offense midway through the first quarter.

The do-it-all playmaker also returned a punt 88 yards for a score early in the third quarter.

“He’s a special player,” Mohns said of Kirk. “It’s crazy. Sometimes we forget he’s only a sophomore and we have him for two more years.”

While the focus naturally goes to the playmakers that piled up the stats, Saguaro (7-2) dominated Arcadia (3-6) in the trenches as well, giving the offense room to operate.

Both of Arcadia’s scores came courtesy of touchdown passes from junior quarterback Pete Campbell to senior wide receiver Alex Reynolds. They hooked up from 10 yards out midway through the third quarter and on a 26-yarder late in the fourth.


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