Young and Talented Help Sabercats in First Win

1 year ago Caela Fox 0

The San Tan Foothills football team earned its first victory of the year last Friday night, defeating visiting Gilbert Christian, 34 – 16.

As is this the case with most young teams, the Sabercats’ performances can be nerve-racking at times and full of success and promise during others. Either way, the Cats’ few upperclassmen have full confidence in the younger players, and after the victory against the Knights it’s easy to see why.

Freshman quarterback Brett Lincoln, who was making his second start in place of injured sophomore Dylan Spann, completed 9-of-12 passes for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns.

“I’ve never seen freshman come up and play like this,” San Tan Foothills senior running back Caden Husar said after the game. “Brett has a positive attitude works hard every practice.”

Junior tight end Ethan Haftings and sophomore receiver Cutter Kuhl were on the receiving end of Lincoln’s two scoring throws. The first, a 14-yarder to Haftings midway through the second quarter, gave the Cats a 7 – 3 lead. In the third quarter, Lincoln’s 45-yard scoring toss to Kuhl extended the lead to 27 – 3.

“Since we (have) a lot of young kids, we are always looking forward to their growth,” San Tan Foothills head coach George De La Torre told “The majority of our team are freshman and sophomores.

“We only have four seniors playing and two juniors that play, the rest are freshmen or sophomores, so we look forward to the future. Every game is the future for us because we see some growth.”

Even though the young players had great games, the best performance was turned in by Husar, who rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries.

“We expected (Husar) to do well,” De La Torre said. “He’s a returner from last year and he had a great game.

(The Knights) were taking away our outside game, so we decided to run inside. We found the holes, kept running through them, and we are going to continue to do what we do best,” De La Torre said.

The Sabercats’ head coach wants his team to enjoy this victory and the bye week, which couldn’t come at a better time, considering injuries suffered by running backs Michael Eriacho and Gavin Johnson in addition to Hastings, who has an apparent knee injury. The extent of all three injuries was unknown following the game.

“We really need these next two weeks off,” De La Torre said. “We should be OK. We have a lot of cramps, so we are going to have to bring in some mustard or pickle juice.”

Up next: The Sabercats will host Monument Valley on Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.