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CHAMPIONSHIP: Class 4A (known as Class 4A, Division 1 at the time)
SCORE: Scottsdale Saguaro 41, Canyon del Oro 34
DATE: December 4, 2010
SITE: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe
GAME SUMMARY: CDO’s attempt at back-to-back state championships with another unbeaten season was foiled by Scottsdale Saguaro despite 173 yards rushing by Ka’Deem Carey, who played with a sore right hamstring.
The Dorados’ 27-game winning streak came to an end after Saguaro drove 84 yards on 10 plays, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 2:25 remaining.
CDO (13-1) had one last chance to tie the game but Jason McBrayer’s pass to Blake Martinez was caught out of bounds.
The Dorados, who beat Saguaro 33-25 earlier that seasonv in Scottsdale, appeared in good shape leading 27-14 at halftime but Saguaro seized momentum at the start of the second half stopping CDO on a fourth-and-1 play at the Dorado 29. The Sabercats produced a sack of a loss of five yards on the play.
Saguaro (12-2) scored five plays later to cut the lead to 27-20 after the missed extra point.
After a CDO punt, the Sabercats again scored on a 22-yard run by D.J. Foster, tying the game at 27.
A 9-yard rushing touchdown by Carey early in the fourth quarter gave CDO the lead again, 34-27, but that would be the last time the Dorados and their all-state running back bound for Arizona would score.
Saguaro quarterback Terry Ruben, who rushed for 162 yards, scored two of his four rushing touchdowns to cap the fourth-quarter scoring and give the Sabercats the victory.
THEY SAID IT: “What these kids did for Tucson in general and Oro Valley and CDO is remarkable. They need to be rewarded for that. I know this (second-place trophy) isn’t the trophy they wanted, but the growth they showed as individuals is what it’s about. We are going to be here to support them. I love them to death and they played their hearts out. I’m so proud of them.” — CDO coach Dusty Peace to the Arizona Daily Star.
DID YOU KNOW: Ka’Deem Carey and Blake Martinez went on to the NFL after distinguished careers at Arizona and Stanford, respectively. … Peace, who took over for his former Flowing Wells coach, Pat Nugent, started his career 27-1 in his first two years as CDO’s head coach. He led the Dorados to a state title in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2010.
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