SportZine’s 2009 High School Football Preview

                              Saguaro High School
    Sabercats head coach, John Sanders, knows it’s not going to be an easy road this year, particularly trying to match up to the last two undefeated seasons.  He has a young team and all he can do is take a wait-and-see approach.
    “We are a very young team, with unproven players,” says Sanders.  “We will know more about how good we can be as the season progresses.  We could start seven sophomores.”
    One of those sophomores could be Kyle Faunce, who is vying for a starting position under center with two other underclassmen.  But the young quarterback is one Sanders has said will be a player to watch this year.
    The Sabercats also have to find a way to replace eight of their teammates who have moved on to the college game, each pulling down a scholarship at four-year schools.
    Returning starters include some key positions on the offensive and defensive lines: Kody Innes is a 6’4″ 285 lb. offensive tackle; Jordan McDonald is a defensive end that checks in at 6’4″ and 230 lbs.; and Cyrus Hobbi adds another 285 lbs. to the offensive and defensive lines.  It looks to be another years when Saguaro can count on its line play to make a difference.
    Sanders has a few more players he feels will be worth keeping an eye on… Reddy Ruben, D.J. Foster, Vince Silva, and Lucas Peturllo.
                             Desert Mountain High School
These Wolves didn’t do too badly either last year, finishing at .500 (5-5) in Region play for a third-place finish – but this year could be even better because they have 14 returning starters and.
    “This will be the first class of seniors who have been with us all four years,” head coach, Tony Tabor, points out.  There will be 28 seniors on this year’s roster.
    Two of those seniors in particular are players that Tabor says bear watching this year.  Tyler Davison is a 285-lb. nose guard and offensive tackle that has several Division I offers already in his pocket.  And he adds that quarterback Kevin Radcliffe, who has had 16 starts under center, “should have a break-out year.”
    Other returning starters that should play key roles this season include: Dekota D’Angelo, a senior who will line up in the receiver slot on offense and play a defensive back on ‘D’; Kyle Tokasey, another receiver/defensive back; Shane Williams, who does double duty at running back and linebacker; and Charlie Andrews, a 6’4″, 230-lb. tight end who also serves on the defensive line.