Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
18-19 Record: 13-1
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: After winning six consecutive 4A state championships, Saguaro has the chance to earn a spot in Arizona’s first Open Division championship and take on teams in higher conferences that could include back-to-back 5A champion Centennial and Chandler which has won three 6A championships in a row.
Is this the year Saguaro proves it’s the best team in the state? The Sabercats have the chops to do so, with players including five-star Kelee Ringo – the No. 1 cornerback and No. 9 player in the nation – four-star linebacker Damian Sellers and four-star cornerback Jacobe Covington. Saguaro returns 10 total players with three-star or better rankings.
Three-star quarterback Tyler Beverett returns two of his top four receiving options, and running back Israel Benjamin returns after a 1,675-yard, 27-touchdown campaign. The Sabercats did lose elite defenders in Connor Soelle and Nate Polk, but the roster remains stacked.