After leading his team to its seventh straight championship appearance, Saguaro head football coach Jason Mohns has been named the Arizona Cardinals High School Coach of the Year.
“I’m surprised and honored,” Mohns wrote in a text message. “It is a reflection of all of the hard work put in by our players and coaches.
“I appreciate the Cardinals for recognizing the efforts of all the great players and coaches we have in Arizona high school football.”
Mohns has led the Sabercats to an 11-1 record so far this season. Saguaro will face top-ranked Chandler in the inaugural Open Division state championship on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium.
The Sabercats advanced to the championship game after rallying from a 16-3 deficit to defeat No. 7 Hamilton 20-16 in the semifinals.
Saguaro's only loss this season came against San Diego power Cathedral Catholic in the 2019 Honor Bowl in August. Since then, the Sabercats have won 10 straight games while scoring 49.8 points per game and giving up just 4.9.
Along with the Coach of the Year Award, the Cardinals also announced the recipients of the player awards on Wednesday.
Salpointe Catholic senior running back Bijan Robinson, who helped lead the Lancers to the Open Division semifinals, was named the Player of the Year after rushing for 2,235 yards and 38 touchdowns.
Robinson, who finished his high school career with over 7,000 career rushing yards, also had 219 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The University of Texas commit leads the state with 42 total touchdowns.
Perry senior quarterback Chubba Purdy, a Louisville commit, was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Purdy completed 194 of his 342 pass attempts for 3,369 yards and 33 touchdowns. The senior also rushed for 1,054 yards and 19 more touchdowns.
Purdy led the third-ranked Pumas to a 7-5 record in one of the toughest regions in the state. Perry made the 6A Conference quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row but fell short of the semifinals after losing to No. 6 Desert Vista in a 70-63 shootout.
McClintock senior defensive back Bryce Tate earned Defensive Player of the Year honors after finishing the season with 48 total tackles, seven interceptions and 21 passes defensed. Tate helped lead the Chargers to their first playoff appearance since 2009.
Saguaro senior kicker and punter Parker Lewis, a USC commit, was named the Special Teams Player of the Year. Lewis was 5-for-5 on the year for field goals and made all 74 of his PAT attempts for 89 total points.
All Player of the Year winners will receive a customized jersey and trophy from the Cardinals. Mohns will receive a plaque, trophy and $4,000 for the Saguaro football program.
The Cardinals will also honor every Coach and Player of the Week winners from the 2019 regular season.
All awards will be given during a pregame ceremony at State Farm Stadium ahead of the Cardinals’ game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Arizona Cardinals High School Coach of the Week winners
Week 1 – Jason Jewell, Brophy Prep
Week 2 – Doug Madoski, Mountain Ridge
Week 3 – Preston Jones, Perry
Week 4 – Jeff Brownlee, Williams
Week 5 – Jason Mohns, Saguaro
Week 6 – Dan Hinds, Desert Vista
Week 7 – Jeremy Hathcock, Desert Ridge
Week 8 – Ty Wisdom, Horizon
Week 9 – Myron Blueford, Arizona College Prep
Week 10 – Scott Howard, Florence
Arizona Cardinals High School Player of the Week winners
Week 1 – Quade Swearingen, QB, Corona Del Sol
Week 2 – Jake Martinelli, QB, Horizon
Week 3 – Bijan Robinson, RB, Salpointe Catholic
Week 4 – Will Plummer, QB, Gilbert
Week 5 – Ty Thompson, QB, Mesquite
Week 6 – Niko Haen, QB, Sunnyslope
Week 7 – Kelee Ringo, CB/RB, Saguaro
Week 8 – Ryan Powell, QB, Miami
Week 9 – Bryce Tate, DB/WR, McClintock
Week 10 – Chris Weaver, RB, Odyssey Institute