Mason Cade’s contribution in the running game and on defense in the playoffs proved to be a difference for the Sabino Sabercats in their 3A title quest.
His 374 yards rushing on 23 carries with five touchdowns in the state championship victory against Surprise Paradise Honors on on Nov. 25 was the second-most yards gained in school history.
Nathan Wize holds the record of 383 rushing yards against Marana Mountain View in 1997.
Cade, who in the semifinal game against Mohave scored on a 30-yard run late in the game, is the Jet Sports Training Athlete of the Month for November.
His 374-yard output on the ground in the 68-46 win over Paradise Honors in the state championship at Phoenix was more than half of what he gained all season.
Cade persevered through injuries this season to finish strongly.
He had 720 yards on 65 rushes with eight touchdowns this season.
Defensively as a linebacker, he was also valuable in the postseason. He had nine tackles and three sacks in the semifinal victory over Mohave.
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