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Christian Kirk, Jr., WR, Saguaro
An injury suffered in a car accident forced Kirk to miss the first two games of last season, but he came on strong, finishing the year with 43 catches for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns. Kirk is expected to play a hybrid role this season, getting carries in the backfield and getting split out wide. He’s an electric athlete who will likely be the top recruit in the class of 2015, and already has scholarship offers from several prominent colleges. The Sabercats fell short of a state championship last season, but with Kirk and quarterback Luke Rubenzer leading the way, they should be in the mix to get back on top in 2013.
Explosive first half plays highlighted Saguaro’s dominant 55-13 victory over Arcadia.
Kirk lined up everywhere on offense, and was basically never chased down from behind once he reached the back end of a defense. He ran for 825 yards and 13 touchdowns (10 yards per carry). Using quick screen passes to go with slants and the occasional deep ball, caught 65 passes for 1,164 yards and 17 touchdowns. Quick math says 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. Speaking of back end defenses, he also made 50 tackles with two interceptions and five passes defended at safety. Some believe he’ll be every bit as good next year and beyond than D.J. Foster was for Saguaro. Far worse comparisons have been made.
In this file photo, former House Speaker Kirk Adams of Mesa, right, says members of a special screening panel purposely refused to support an applicant for the Independent Redistricting Commission because he disclosed his involvement in a Tucson Christian organization. Adams is in the news again because he heads up Americans for Responsible Leadership, a group that is trying to affect ballot measures in Arizona and California. A judge ruled Wednesday that the group must disclose names of donors.
Perhaps in the only moment that Saguaro offense looked vulnerable was on a punt return.
TUCSON — In the (shortened) week leading up to the Division III state finals, Queen Creek's players and coaches spoke at length about needing to avoid getting in a shootout with Saguaro if the Bulldogs wanted to repeat as champions.
Christian Kirk (right) and his Saguaro teammates celebrate a 56-0 win over McClintock on Sept. 27, 2013.
Saguaro wide receiver Christian Kirk stretches before a spring practice at the school, Thursday, May 17, 2012 in Scottsdale. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Saguaro wide receiver Christian Kirk catches a ball during spring practice at the school, Thursday, May 17, 2012 in Scottsdale. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Saguaro’s Michael Rice tackles Chaparral’s Christian Kirk on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 in Scottsdale. [Ana Ramirez/ Tribune]
Saguaro kick returner Christian Kirk ,center, is tackled by Chaparral defenders Cody Ippolito, right, and Hector Comacho, left, in the second quarter of a football game at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. [Paul Connors/For the Tribune]
Christian Kirk, Saguaro (pictured): 70 yards, 2 TD passing; 5 catches, 76 yards
Marcus Maldonado, Marcos de Niza: 65- and 74-yard kickoff return TDs
Brophy special teams: Two field goal blocks, punt block, TD
1. Saguaro — QB Luke Rubenzer and WR Christian Kirk again will lead an explosive offense, and potential RB issues are overblown. The addition of out-of-state WR/DB transfer J.T. Nettleton is key. However, the question remains: Can the defense stop people?
Chaparral tight end Dylan Cozens, right, makes a reception for a two-point conversion over Saguaro defensive back Christian Kirk, left, in the second quarter of a football game at Chaparral High School. Cozens helped Chaparral win football and baseball state championships, and is currently in the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league system.
Chaparral tight end Dylan Cozens, right, makes a reception for a two-point conversion over Saguaro defensive back Christian Kirk, left, in the second quarter of a football game at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. [Paul Connors/For the Tribune]
Mark Andrews, Desert Mountain (pictured): 201 yards, 3 TD
Christian Kirk, Saguaro: 142 yards, TD
Cules Rose, Pinnacle: 136 yards, 2 TD
TJ Widner, Valley Christian: 131 yards, TD
Nick Colson, Higley: 130 yards, TD
Cole Lenderink, Scottsdale Christian: 120 yards, 2 TD
Cole Forsgren, Williams Field: 118 yards, 3 TD
Brandon Garcia, Seton Catholic: 109 yards, 2 TD
Izzy Simpson, Chaparral: 107 yards
Trevor Wood, Chaparral: 106 yards, TD
Jordan Sims, Campo Verde: 81 yards, 2 TD
The Desert Storm, a 12U basketball team, recently captured the Excel Gold league’s regular season and tournament championships.
Ricky Marshall, Higley: 183 rush yards, 3 TD; 82 rec. yards, TD
Clark Brown, Mountain View: 105 rec. yards, 2 TD; 85 punt return TD; rush TD
Qualen Cunningham, Hamilton: Two fumble recoveries
Cade van Raaphorst, Desert Vista: 143 pass yards, 75 rush yards, 5 total TD
Mason Goodell, Valley Christian (pictured): Two interceptions
Blake Ruiz, Williams Field: Field goals of 24, 50 yards
Christian Kirk, Saguaro: 93 rec. yards, 2 TD; 50 rush yards, TD; 70-yard punt return TD
Tevon Sinica-Williams, Westwood: Two interceptions, one returned for TD
Austin Carver, Gilbert: Field goals of 39, 40 yards
Kamron Johnson, Tempe: 95 rec. yards; 74 rush yards, 2 TD; INT on defense.
The Saguaro football team is back to don’t-blink status.
Only 22 minutes of football was played between Tempe and Saguaro Friday, but that was more than enough for the Buffaloes on this night.
Braxton Barger, Chandler Prep: 258 yards, 3 TD
Jacob Anderson, Williams Field: 212 yards, 4 TD
Antonio Campanella, Seton Catholic: 199 yards, 2 TD
Adam Bennett, Chandler Prep: 170 yards, 3 TD
Greyson Boyll, Scottsdale Prep: 170 yard, TD
Rajhan Meriwether, Basha: 166 yards, 4 TD
Elijah Castro, Chaparral (pictured): 157 yards, TD
Taren Morrison, Desert Ridge: 155 yards, 7 TD
Ryan Velez, Brophy: 145 yards, 2 TD
Zechariah Gatling, Scottsdale Christian: 141 yards, TD
Christian Kirk, Saguaro: 123 yards, 2 TD
Caleb Daniels, Mountain View: 117 yards, 2 TD
David Desilva, Hamilton: 105 yards, 3 TD
Saige Waxter, San Tan Foothills: 100 yards, 2 TD
Nine weeks after several guys cried in the end zone after a Week 1 loss to Chaparral, the Saguaro football team is not on any Division III team's postseason "wish list."
It took Saguaro just over a minute to take the lead against Bradshaw Mountain on a 50-yard run by receiver Christian Kirk, and it would never look back. Saguaro would take a 41-0 lead into the first few minutes of the second quarter, and would eventually win 69-21.
It’s time to find out much more about Higley’s position as the playoffs approach, with this matchup followed by Williams Field next week to end the regular season. The Knights have a legitimate shot in a shootout with RB Ricky Marshall and sophomore QB Tyler Bloom, and this one could be along those lines. The problem is trying to stop Saguaro, something Williams Field and Queen Creek couldn’t do early on, did for stretches in their respective games, but couldn’t in the end. That’s a problem given Higley’s struggles defensively in periods this season, and because QC and Williams Field have pushed around Higley when those schools have played one another. This is easily a better Higley team than any in the past few years, and the Knights now know where they stand with eight games counting after losing their two-game appeal of an ineligible player from early in the season. But neither Williams Field nor QC’s defense could stop Luke Rubenzer, Christian Kirk and J.T. Nettleton.
Prediction: Saguaro 42, Higley 28
-- Mark Heller