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Nelson gets 3 scores as Sabercats thump Cabs

Citizen Staff Writer





After suffering a loss to Amphi High School last week, Sabino wanted to score early and often against Flowing Wells on Friday night.

That’s just what the Sabercats (5-1, 1-0) did, scoring 14 points in every quarter of a 56-0 win over the visiting Caballeros in the Class 4A Kino Region opener for each team.

“It’s a good win,” said Sabino junior Keanu Nelson, who had two touchdown receptions and one rushing score.

“We just need to continue to improve each and every week and that’s what we try to focus on.”

Nelson put Sabino on the board with 8:12 left in the first quarter with a 14-yard run and a few minutes later caught a 60-yard pass from Collin McBrayer to make it 14-0.

“What I liked is that we played with a lot more intensity and passion for the game this week,” Sabino coach Jay Campos said.

“We’ve been real disappointed with our play the last two weeks and we knew it was time for us to step up and make some changes and we did.”

McBrayer completed 8 of 13 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns.

“At this point in the season, we can go either one of two ways,” Campos said. “Either we could go in the tank and feel sorry for ourselves or we could take it one more step and keep on executing and try to improve.”

“I was proud of our guys and I was happy with our performance tonight. But this is just one step in our journey to where we want to go and that’s back to (the state) title game.”

The Sabercats outgained Flowing Wells 448-153. Sabino had great balance with 227 rushing yards and 221 yards through the air.

Leading 28-0 at halftime, Sabino used a pair of big plays in the third quarter to go up 42.

David Duron scored on an 80-yard interception return, and then Nelson scored on a 42-yard pass from Rhett Taylor.

Sabino visits Nogales next week, while Flowing Wells (2-4, 0-1) hosts Desert View.

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