Coming off a close loss to Cienega last week, Sabino was looking to get back on track against Desert View on Friday.
It didn’t take the Sabercats long. Keanu Nelson scored on a 35-yard run 30 seconds into the 4A Kino-I game to give Sabino a 7-0 lead en route to a 49-0 win.
“We came out and got a victory in convincing fashion,” Sabino coach Jay Campos said. “From here on out, all we can do is take care of our business. The playoff will work themselves out. It’s just a matter of us executing and playing good football the rest of the way.”
Sabino’s defense kept Desert View in check and set up the first touchdown, forcing a fumble on the game’s second play. Two plays later, Nelson scored.
“After losing to Cienega, we needed to win this game,” said Nelson, who added another TD early in the second quarter to put his team up 21-0. “I got a great pickup block from my (offensive line) and they were throwing gut-wrenching blocks (downfield). I really didn’t have to do much, except my job.”
Nelson finished with 117 yards on five carries as Sabino improved to 7-2 overall, 3-1 Kino.
Behind quarterback David Romero, Desert View (2-7, 0-4) marched to the Sabino 28 on a nine-play, five-minute drive in the second quarter.
But on the next play, Wes Skillings picked off a Romero pass and returned it 77 yards for a score to put Sabino up 28-0.
“I was in flats and saw the (receiver) go into my zone and I stepped in front of him,” said Skillings, who also had a 25-yard fumble return into Desert View territory just before halftime. “We played great defense.”
Sabino quarterback Collin McBrayer threw only two passes – both for TDs to Scott Brown for 23 and 63 yards.