I had the opportunity to interview Sabino football coach Ryan McBrayer over the weekend following the Sabercats’ 29-20 win at Show Low on Friday in the opening round of the 3A state playoffs.
McBrayer, who is 38-11 in his fifth season as head coach at his alma mater, discussed his ninth-seeded team in the 3A playoffs led by sophomore quarterback Cameron Hackworth and a tough, balanced defense heading into Friday’s quarterfinal game at No. 1 seed ALA-Gilbert North.
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An interesting note of Sabino’s long, almost four-hour trip to Show Low on Friday — the Sabercats were graciously allowed to use Globe’s field to stretch their legs at halfway through. They ate lunch and continued to Show Low. They did not return to Sabino until the early morning hours but it was a fun, restful trip back after the win.
McBrayer’s four years of playoff coaching experience at Sabino have included wins in the opening rounds each time with a 3A semifinals appearance in 2018 the furthest trek.
Some of the standouts from Sabino’s win over Show Low:
— QB Cameron Hackworth, a sophomore, completed 16 of 23 passes for 200 yards with three TDs, and he rushed for 53 yards on eight carries.
— RB Kenneth Blackman, a senior, rushed for 81 yards on nine carries with a TD.
— WR/DB Derek Sanchez, a senior, finished with five receptions for 60 yards and a TD and an interception.
— WR/DB Kamden Gambrell, a senior, had a 56-yard TD reception, and he had eight tackles.
— LB Zachary Tolson, a senior, had 15 tackles.
— LB Marius Lester, a senior, finished with 10 tackles.
— LB Mason Cade, a sophomore, tallied two sacks.
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