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Notebook: Saguaro running back out, but not down

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Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 11:11 am | Updated: 5:38 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

October 26, 2004

While Saguaro was routing Apache Junction last Friday, injured Sabercat running back C.J. Venezia, who must wear a neck brace for three months, continued to pace the sidelines.

Venezia, who cracked a vertebra in the third game of the year but wants to play sports again, was censured by Saguaro coach Mike Reardon for running out on the field and carrying a broom in the Oct. 15 win over rival Chaparral.

The broom signified Saguaro’s freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams all winning over their Scottsdale nemesis.

Last Friday, Venezia looked much more subdued. Asked if he had settled down and would avoid more trouble, Venezia said, "What is he going to do, bench me?"

FOOTBALL

Munsil passes mark: Scottsdale Christian’s Will Munsil moved past the 4,000-yard mark in career passing yards during Friday’s 35-3 loss to Phoenix Christian. Munsil scorched the Cougars for 308 yards, a career high for the Eagles senior, and now has 4,077 career passing yards.

Scottsdale QB Club honorees: Jon Coppins of Arcadia and Eric Woolf of Coronado are the Scottsdale Quarterback Club offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.

Coppins scored on reverses of 54 and 16 yards in a 39-8 victory over Desert Ridge. Woolf made nine tackles in the Dons’ 21-0 upset of Tempe.

Coppins and Woolf will be honored at one of the club’s upcoming luncheons at the Elk’s Club, Oak and 64th streets in Scottsdale.

In their sights: Mesa High shoots for historic football victory No. 600 Friday night as the city’s oldest school tries to make the newest in town, Skyline, the milestone victim. Skyline has often been the homecoming opponent for schools in its infancy. The possibility of being Mesa’s 600th win is just circumstance, however, not by design or decree of the schedule maker.

Skyline has never beaten a sister school in football, but came the closest last year when it couldn’t suppress a late Mesa rally and lost, 30-28.

Timing is everything: The only solace Hamilton coach John Wrenn could take after seeing his team’s 20-game winning streak end last week with a 37-15 loss to Highland was the timing. "This was not the playoffs," Wrenn said. "We have a chance to come back. We can still get it done." The Huskies’ leading rusher Cody Engelbrecht and top receiver Mekell Wesley were unable to score against Highland and quarterback Travis Dixon was intercepted for the first time all season. Oddly enough, the pick Dixon threw was intercepted by Highland’s leading receiver, tight end Shaun Fitzpatrick, who stepped in front of an attempted screen pass. The pick ended up leading to three points for Highland. Dixon’s TD/interception ratio is 16-1.

Dynamic duo: With two touchdown receptions last week in Mountain View’s win over Yuma Cibola, wideout Stetson Banks and quarterback Tyler Mack are the top local catch-and-pitch duo. Banks has nine touchdown receptions, seven in the last three weeks.

- Staff writers Les Willsey and Brad Falduto contributed to this report.

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