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Foster runs wild in Saguaro win over P.V.

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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 12:03 am

D.J. Foster is considered one of the top high school running backs in Arizona.

Those who saw him Friday night might wonder who's better than him in the country.

The Saguaro senior ran for 255 yards on just 14 carries as the defending 4A Division I champion Sabercats crushed Paradise Valley, 63-20.

Foster got his blood flowing by bursting a clot of tacklers at the 2-yard line for a touchdown run -- showing off his off-season strength improvements.

"We had a little chip on our shoulders," Foster said. "We were picked to be the upset of the week, which was ridiculous, but I think we sent a statement that we are here to play."

Running by cornerbacks that had a 10- to 15-yard cushion with seemingly perfect angles for tackles, Foster left fans, players and even coaches searching for words.

He zig-zagged the field faster than safeties could run in straight lines, left divots and contorted would-be tacklers in his wake.

He finished with touchdown runs of 59, 21 and 46 yards. There was also a 63-yarder called back by a holding penalty.

"He's a freak," running back and linebacker Cameron Larson said. "He finds the hole. His vision, it's insane."

But it wasn't just Foster who showed why the Sabercats are among the favorites to come out on top in Division III. It was Larson, who at 220 pounds showed speed in the open field to go along with a bowling ball approach in traffic.

Larson, who transferred to Saguaro from Cactus Shadows, had nearly 200 all-purpose yards, and was third on the team in tackles from his linebacker position.

Saguaro's offensive line opened up big holes by getting into the Trojans' linebackers and defensive backs. That allowed Saguaro coach John Sanders to seemingly shrink his playbook down to a flash card.

It was a defense, full of two-way players, that shut down the run and harrassed Trojans quarterback Ryan Finley into 32 incompletions.

Perhaps most importantly for the fate of Saguaro's championship-defense season, it was sophomore quarterback Luke Rubenzer who has taken over for graduated star Teddy Ruben (now at Air Force). The sophomore completed 12 of 19 passes for 200 yards with no interceptions.

"I was very impressed," Foster said of Rubenzer. "He kept his composure and played hard. He is the leader of our offense and he deserves the job being a sophomore."

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