It took Sahuarita more than 71 minutes to score its first points of the season. Once the Mustangs broke through, they couldn’t be stopped, jumping out to a big lead against crosstown rival Walden Grove and winning the Copper Cup with a 27-10 victory Thursday night.
With the rivalry victory came a promise to play old-school football.
“We will be a Dick Tomey-esque type team where defense is where we’re gonna hang our hat,” Sahuarita coach David Rodriguez said. “We’re going to try and get it going offensively — and once it clicks, it is a lot of fun.”
After a sloppy first two quarters, worsened by constant rain, senior Kayden Bedolla scored on a short run to put the host Mustangs up 7-3 with 23 seconds left. The Red Wolves (0-1) drew first blood with a field goal by Rudy Del Castillo.
Sahuarita (1-1) went on to score two more touchdowns in less than 3 minutes of game time.
Walden Grove’s Rasshan Taylor made a huge play defensively, returning an errant snap 80 yards in the second quarter to set up the team’s first field goal. Taylor and Walden Grove couldn’t find any room on the ground, though, getting bottled for by the Sahuarita defense for a net of 26 rushing yards.
A late 22-yard touchdown catch by Taylor from senior Car