Watch a full game replay of Saguaro vs. Chaparral (Arizona) high school football – Friday, September 20, 2019.
Friday nights match up in Scottsdale featured two Arizona powerhouses with a rivalry dating back to 1973. The Saguaro Sabercats came into the game leading the all-time series with host, Chaparral Firebirds 22-17. Both teams this season are littered with DI talent and offers. Unfortunately for Chaparral they were without 6 starters, including Ohio State commit, Jack Miller. Miller is the 6th ranked pro style QB in the class of 2020.
The shorthanded Firebirds came out ready to compete and dominated the ball in the first half. Their opening drive went for 60 yards on 13 plays that ended with a field goal. Later in the quarter Chaparral found the end zone on a 37 yard touchdown reception by Tommy Christakos from Sophomore QB Brayton Silbor. Christakos, committed to play at California next year, played his first game of the season, he finished with 3 receptions, 50 yards, 1 receiving touchdown and 1 passing touchdown on limited playing time.
The Sabercats were able to respond with a touchdown of their own in the 1st quarter with an 8 play, 80 yard drive that ended with a Will Shaffer 7 yard touchdown reception from Tyler Beverett. Shaffer is committed to play at Arizona State and Beverett at Bucknell.
The only points in the second quarter came from a Chaparral trick play when Christakos took a pitch in the back field, rolled to his right and connected with Wes Mason in the end zone to put the Firebird up 17-7 going into the half. Chaparral controlled the clock the first 2 quarters, possessing the ball for more than 16 minutes.
The second half was a different story for Saguaro – the offense started firing on all cylinders. Number 1 ranked player in the Arizona and sixth ranked overall prospect in the country, Kelee Ringo could not be stopped. Ringo ripped off big play after big play finishing with 11 rushes, 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. (He had a touchdown called back for a taunting penalty after he threw up a peace sign as left the Firebirds defense in his dust prior to him crossing the goal line.) The 5-star recruit also had an interception on defense.
Saguaro outscored Chaparral 31-7 in the second half. Beverett also ran for over 100 yards with a rushing touchdown. The Firebirds Jared Williams was unable to find much room running as he finished with just 44 yards on 17 carries. Saguaros defense features three of the top 10 players in the state of Arizona for class of 2020 – Ringo (#1), Damian Sellers (#6) and Jacobe Covington (#9). That defense also features Quintin Somerville and Alani Ma’Afu on the defensive line – both are top Arizona prospects for the class of 2021.
Chaparral looks to get back on track next week at Mountain Ridge and the Sabercats will face Arcadia as they continue their quest for a 7th straight state championship.
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