Players to Watch: San Tan Foothills
1 year ago Andrew Luberda 0
During the past few weeks I’ve visited five schools, including San Tan Foothills to preview the upcoming football season. In addition to interviewing players and coaches, I wanted to identify who might be some of the top players on each team. Here’s a look at three Sabercats to watch under the Friday Night Lights.
Brandon Williams (Sr), Running Back/Defensive Back – 5’8” 165
After transferring from American Leadership Academy – Ironwood, where he was a member of the Warriors CAA 3A State Championship team in 2015, Williams was forced to sit out five games a year ago. He put up only modest numbers in limited action for the Cats last season. Now in his final high school season, Williams was in competition to be the starting quarterback. I expect Williams to be a dynamic two-way player, especially at running back, where he’ll be part of a tandem that may be as good as any in 2A.
Amahri Bailey (So), Running Back/Linebacker – 6’0” 175
Bailey is arguably the best all-round player on the Sabercats. He was a varsity starter as a freshman and is the team’s leading returning rusher this season, serving as the other half of the running back tandem with Williams. The Cats’ second-leading tackler from a year ago, might even be better on the defensive side of the ball. Bailey will make yards hard to come by for opposing offenses.
Sebastian Penaflor, (Sr), Wide Receiver – 5’10” 160
Penaflor is one of the most experienced players on the Sabercats in addition to be the team’s leading returning receiver from last season. He was one of three receivers with more than 500 yards receiving, finishing with 545 yards and six touchdowns, which was the second most on the team in 2016. Penaflor hopes he can have a similar season this year with Zach Herrera, the younger brother of 2016 Player of the Year Danny Herrera, throwing him the ball. The three-year varsity season will be looked upon to do more than make plays on the field. He’ll have to serve as a leader that is loaded with underclassmen.