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Saguaro to try for third straight state title

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 2:20 pm | Updated: 9:03 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 Maybe in January or February, when it’s all over, a select group of Scottsdale Saguaro seniors can look back and see just what they’ve accomplished.

Beau Burton, Corey Adams and Paul Porras played important roles in helping Saguaro win a 4A-I state title as sophomores, with Adams disrupting defenses on the line and Porras and Burton playing in the secondary.

“Two sophomore cornerbacks (playing in a title game),” said coach John Sanders, who was defensive coordinator at the time. “I didn’t sleep much the night before.”

Last season, they were just as instrumental in an undefeated season and a second straight title. All told, the sophomores on varsity in 2006 have gone 27-1. They haven’t lost for 19 straight games.

Now, they’re back for the finishing touch.

Saguaro has seven players that could possibly play Division I college football next season, and a third consecutive title is within its grasp.

“(Three-peat) has definitely been the common word, and it’s definitely the goal for the season,” Burton said.

This year’s biggest question mark will be how to replace quarterback Tim Ruben. The Tribune’s Player of the Year in 2007, Ruben was equally deadly on the run or with the pass.

Enter senior Cole Rarrick, more of a traditional dropback passer. Rarrick is already getting Division I buzz even without any significant time playing on varsity.

Sanders has lofty praise for him.

“When it’s all said and done, I think he’ll be the best quarterback in the state of Arizona,” Sanders said.

If that happens, the Sabercats had better prepare for another celebration at University of Phoenix Stadium come December.

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
2 Erik Brown CB/WR 5-10 180 Sr.
3 Tyler Naven RB/DB 5-10 180 Jr.
4 Shane Hughes WR/DB 5-11 160 Sr.
7 Sam Wolfe QB/LB 6-2 195 Sr.
9 Hunter Chasse WR/DB 5-10 170 Sr.
10 Steven Chiappetti K 5-10 205 Sr.
11 Paul Porras WR/DB/KR 6-2 185 Sr.
12 Cole Rarrick QB/DB 6-4 210 Sr.
13 Austin Armstrong QB/LB 6-0 200 Jr.
15 Jamis Minnick RB/DB 5-10 170 Sr.
20 Austin Swindle RB/DB 5-11 210 Sr.
21 Beau Burton RB/DB/KR 5-10 210 Sr.
22 Az'Ryan Corley-Edmon RB/LB 6-0 205 Jr.
24 Riley Lethen DB/WR 6-2 195 Sr.
26 Blake Nordlund WR/DB 5-10 190 Sr.
28 Brock Haman WR/DB 6-3 215 So.
32 Danny Clark RB/DB 6-0 195 So.
37 Matt Alme RB/LB 5-9 180 Sr.
41 Troy Roberts OL/LB 6-2 180 Sr.
45 Kyle Pelow TE/LB 6-2 225 Jr.
50 Jordan Mcdonald OL/DL 6-3 210 Jr.
51 Colby Nichols OL/DL 5-7 210 Jr.
54 Jarrod Martinez OL/DL 5-10 200 Sr.
55 Sebastian Sica OL/DL/LS 6-1 260 Sr.
60 Tyler Simpson OL/DL 5-11 225 Jr.
61 Zack Topolski OL/DL 5-11 230 Jr.
64 Cyrus Hobbi OL/DL 6-3 255 So.
66 Ben Bisgard OL/LB 6-0 220 Sr.
67 Kody Koebensky OL/DL 6-4 300 Sr.
68 Corey Adams FB/DL 6-4 285 Sr.
70 Taylor Avenatti OL/DL 5-10 230 Jr.
71 Justin Jungblut OL/DL 6-6 250 Sr.
72 Kody Innes OL/DL 6-4 270 Jr.
74 Elijah Housmyer OL/DL 6-0 250 Sr.
77 Dallas Noriega OL/DL/LS 6-0 250 So.
78 Bryce Koepke LB 6-2 230 Sr.
79 Ryan Twaddle OL/DL 6-0 305 Sr.
80 David Silva WR/DB 5-10 170 Sr.
85 Taylor Gustafson WR/DB 6-0 165 Sr.
86 Max Smith TE/DL/P 6-3 255 Sr.
87 Zack Siebrandt DB/WR 6-2 192 Sr.
89 Adam Combs WR/DB 6-0 175 Jr.
99 C.J. Black OL/DL 5-11 245 So.
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