OVERTIME: Sabino intercepts Sahuarita's homecoming night - Tucson News Now

OVERTIME: Sabino intercepts Sahuarita's homecoming night

Rodney Day coaches up his Sahuarita Mustangs during a time out Friday night. Rodney Day coaches up his Sahuarita Mustangs during a time out Friday night.
SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sabino got a pair of “pick sixes” in the first half to vault themselves to a 54-20 win Friday night in Sahuarita over the Mustangs.

Sahuarita was driving to try and cut a 21-7 deficit to a touchdown when Sabercats sophomore Diego Armijo intercepted Mustangs quarterback Collin Fanning and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown.

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Middle linebacker Richie Pina added an 82-yard interception return right before halftime.

Sophomore Jayson Petty hit Fanning as he was attempting to throw to set-up the second pick-six. Petty had three sacks on defense as well as a receiving touchdown on offense.

Sophomore Andrew Owens scored three rushing touchdowns for Sabino, finishing the night with 81 yards on seven carries. Isaiah Smotherman led the Sabercats with 171 yards on the ground including a 34-yard touchdown run as Sabino ran for 380 yards on the game.

The 7th-ranked (3A) Sabercats (6-2), who are in their first season under the tutelage of 2007 grad Ryan McBrayer, host Douglas and Empire in their final two regular season games.

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Sahuarita (2-6) will miss the playoffs for a third straight season since their 12-1 run to the state semifinals in 2012.

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