Coaches Corner: John Sanders, Saguaro football
Saguaro football coach John Sanders has some re-tooling to do, but he’s looking to lead the Sabercats to their fourth title in five years at the helm in 2011. He took some time to discuss his quarterback situation and renewing acquaintances with Chaparral with the Coaches Corner.
Coaches Corner: What do you like about putting D.J. Foster at quarterback?
John Sanders: I don’t want him there at all. We can utilize him in so many spots, but he’s the best athlete we have. He has to touch the ball every time.
CC: Did you consider using sophomore Luke Rebenzer instead?
JS: I thought about it, but the plan is to bring that young kid along. We’ll give him more and more, and hopefully that frees (Foster) up. If I can get to the spot where Luke’s running the show, that would be awesome. But he’s still a sophomore. He got varsity experience as a freshman, but his eyeballs were as big as his head. But he showed me some signs that made me a believer. Hopefully the young kid can grow up fast.
CC: Is it going to be tough without Tim or Teddy Ruben under center?
JS: I’m going through Ruben withdrawal. I keep looking around for a curly-headed kid. Maybe I can get the daughter. If she can give us half of what (Tim and Teddy did), we’d be all right.
CC: What are your thoughts on playing Chaparral again this season?
JS: It was — and I’m going to use the word was — a great rivalry. It was a lot of fun. But it was when we were both in 4A-I. They had considerably more kids than us, but not an enormous amount. Our kids haven’t played them in two years. Now it’s more (for) the guys that went there 20 years ago. Our season isn’t about Chaparral by any means.