SAN TAN VALLEY — The home team crushed Many Farms 52-0 Friday at San Tan Foothills High School.
The Lobos, visiting from the Navajo Nation, never came close to breaching the Sabercats' end zone, and the game ended after three quarters when the Lobos coach informed officials he didn’t have enough players to finish the game.
Sebastian Penaflor scored three touchdowns, and Amahri Bailey and DeRonte Pope scored two each. Brandon McMahan kicked a third-quarter field goal, and attempted another near the end of the game. Zach Herrera was the Sabercats quarterback for the entire game.
I wish it was just a little bit more competitive, but we were able to work on some things with our depth,” Foothills coach George De La Torre commented afterward. “Last week we weren’t happy with our organization, when it came to replacing and subbing. So this week we decided to work on how we can organize better.
Next week’s game at Gilbert Christian will be a big one for the Sabercats, and Friday’s game wasn’t necessarily good preparation, De La Torre said.
“We hope our kids stay focused all week long, and hopefully we can build from here.”
The Sabercats concentrated on a high-scoring first quarter to score 42 points and start the clock running, De La Torre said. Bailey ran 40 yards to score the first TD less than a minute into the game.
After a fumble returned possession to the home team, Pope took the handoff and ran 13 yards for the second TD. Lorenzo Cruz recovered the kickoff, and Pope again carried the ball for the Sabercats’ third score.
Ninety seconds later, Penaflor intercepted the Lobos and ran 70 yards for a TD. Bailey scored next with less than five minutes to go in the quarter. Penaflor scored once more in the last moments of the quarter, which ended with a score of 42-0.
Early in the second quarter, Herrera intercepted a Lobos pass, Penaflor ran for a first down and ran again for a touchdown. The score remained 49-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Herrera completed passes to Jonathan Rodriguez and Pope to give the Sabercats 1st and goal. From there, McMahan kicked a field goal for the last score of the night.
In the final moments of the quarter, a 29-yard pass to Pope and another pass completion to Rodriguez again put the ball less than 10 yards from end zone, but McMahan’s last field goal attempt was no good.