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.