High School Football

Sabino QB Cameron Hackworth shows dual-threat ability in win over Pusch Ridge

Sabino’s Cameron Hackworth continues to be the top passer in Southern Arizona (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Sabino sophomore quarterback Cameron Hackworth’s productive performance in a 27-16 win over Pusch Ridge on Friday night was especially impressive on a night in which defenses for both sides were effective.

Hackworth completed 15 of 19 passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns and rushed 22 times for 57 yards with another two scores.

Sabino coach Ryan McBrayer had high praise for his quarterback as well as other pieces of his offense for the way they were able to move the ball in their scoring drives, including a 64-yard, 15-play drive that took 8:05 in the first half.

The Sabercats’ first touchdown came in the first quarter. Hackworth dropped back for a split second, then carried the ball 3 yards into the end zone on a draw play.

The Sabercats marched to the 4-yard line on their next possession. Hackworth hooked up with Kamden Gambrell for the second touchdown of the quarter with 2:13 left, making it 13-0.

Hackworth later found Isiah Aguirre in the end zone with a 23-yard strike with 5:26 remaining in the second half. Aguirre caught the touchdown after making an interception on the previous defensive stand.

Hackworth’s last highlight-reel play cam in the fourth quarter when he zig-zagged his way to a 9-yard scoring run that put Sabino ahead 27-0.

Hackworth continues to lead Southern Arizona in passing with 1,451 yards this season with 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He has completed 96 of 129 passes (74.4 percent). He also has 507 rushing yards on 66 carries, averaging 7.7 yards a rush, with seven touchdowns.

Sabino (5-2) returns to action Friday at home against Tanque Verde at 7 p.m.


Nathaniel Martinez is an aspiring sports journalist who is a Sahuaro High School graduate and Pima Community College student. He has written for the Aztec Press at Pima. While at Sahuaro, he played football for longtime coach Scott McKee and he wrestled.

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