Sabino's Chris Lundgren
scores the Sabercats' first touchdown in the third quarter
as Sunnyside's Hector Figueroa (12) tries to make the
Sabino rushes to victory
Lundgren stings Sunnyside with two TD runs in second half
By STEPHEN SHARPTON
Sabino High School coach Jay Campos and his staff played down
the importance of beating Sunnyside all week.
"It's just another game," he kept telling everyone.
But when the final seconds ticked away Thursday night, the
Sabercats' celebration spoke clearly about how important the
Sabino (4-0) won The Tucson Citizen Spotlight Game of the Week
14-7 by sticking to its ground game to break a scoreless
halftime tie with the Blue Devils (3-1).
Chris Lundgren ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter
and a 6-yard score in the fourth quarter as Sabino took a 14-0
lead and hung on to win.
Lundgren finished with 164 yards on 26 carries, and the
Sabercats picked up 212 of the their 287 yards in the second
half, including 120 yards rushing.
"In the first half we didn't want to do anything outside of
what we were comfortable with," Campos said. "We didn't want
to make any decisions that would put us in a bind, so we just
waited it out. . . . We just kind of kept it simple, stayed
safe and didn't let them pull out a win."
Sunnyside did what it could to get back in the second half,
scoring on a 63-yard pass from Jamie Valdez to Anthony
Aguilar. But two interceptions derailed two other
On first down at the Sabino 13, Travis Graham snared an
interception in the end zone with 9:37 in the fourth quarter,
beating a Sunnyside receiver to the punch.
Mark Dragosolovich pounced on another errant pass intended for
Alex Leon with 1:49 left.
"We were playing a man-to-man defense," Dragosolovich said.
"It really wasn't even my guy, but I saw it and read it and
went for it."
Fatigue was Sunnyside's biggest foe in the second half as the
thin bench couldn't provide much relief.
"We knew it was going to be close and we just wanted to get to
the fourth quarter," Lundgren said. "We knew most of them go
both ways and we were just waiting for that to happen."
Sunnyside has little time to recover as it heads next week to
Mesa Mountain View.
"They came and smacked our kids in their faces and our kids
didn't respond to it," Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez said.
"These kids got to come back and decide what kind of team they
want to become."