Saguaro vs Higley recap
By RYAN DORFMAN
GILBERT — At the end of the first quarter, there was a single bead of sweat trickling down the forehead of Saguaro coach Jason Mohns. The sound coming from the home fans was deafening. For the first time this season, the Sabercats, a national powerhouse, were behind on the scoreboard.
Higley coach Eddy Zubey knows a thing or two about winning. He was part of the De La Salle football team that won a record 151 consecutive games. Zubey was a sophomore when the streak began. Before the game started, Zubey was asked how he made sure his players didn’t count themselves out of a game they hadn’t even played yet.
“I guess I can kind of rely on my experience a little bit, De La Salle was No. 1 in the nation so talking to them, from the other side of the coin, of what it looks like and what it feels like. And at the end of the day, they (Saguaro) are 15 to 18-year-old kids; they put their pants on like us, and they bleed red.”
What looked to be a high school football classic that would be remembered for a lifetime turned into a blowout in the blink of an eye. Saguaro took a 14-9 halftime lead, then scored 35 second-half points in a 49-15 victory.
Mohns knew he needed to send a message to his team in the locker room at the half. It wasn’t sexy, but he got his point across.
“I just told them to play Saguaro football. The only reason it’s a game right now is because we are making mistakes. We’re beating ourselves,” Mohns said.
“If we beat ourselves, and Higley plays well then they’ve got a chance. If we don’t beat ourselves? Then I don’t think there’s anybody in 4A that could beat us,” Mohns said.
Saguaro quarterback Max Massingale gave Oregon State scouts a show. Massingale completed 15 of 19 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed on the ground, rushing 16 times for a team-high 125 yards with two touchdowns.
“I kind of knew they were here, but it’s about the win for me right now. I love this team, and it gets me hyped when I know I can go out there with my brothers and get the win,” Massingale said.