The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and U.S. Army have named Saguaro's John Sanders as the Cards "High School Coach-of-the-Week."
The Cards and U.S. Army "Coach-of-the-Week" award is selected by a local sports panel consisting of Cardinals Director of Community Relations Luis Zendejas, Community Relations Coordinator Sheldon Meeks, Sports 620 AM anchor Paul Calvisi, NBC-12 sports reporter Bruce Cooper, 16-year Arizona high school football official Bob Ferreira, Cardinals radio analyst and Sports 620 AM talk show host Ron Wolfley, AIA Director of Media Marketing Brian Bolitho, former Arizona high school coach Emil Nasser, 1060 AM radio host Dan Manucci, and U.S. Army representative Sergeant James Minter.
Sanders and his Sabercats won their 24th consecutive game as they defeated Paradise Valley High School 23-19 last Friday night. Running back Beau Burton rushed for 177 yards in the win. With the victory, Saguaro improved to 5-0 on the season.
The award will be presented to Sanders and the Saguaro High School football team on Thursday, October 9 at 3:00 p.m. prior to the team's afternoon practice at the school (6250 N. 82nd Street, Scottsdale). The Sabercats host Cactus Shadows on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Cardinals 14-year "Coach-of-the-Week" program presents a selected high school coach with a certificate signed by Cardinals President William V. Bidwill and Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt. Cardinals Charities provides t-shirts for team members and awards the school $2,000 to support its football program.
A Cardinals player or alumnus, team mascot Big Red, and Community Relations Coordinator Sheldon Meeks will present the award.
Week 1: Charlie Ragle, Chaparral H.S.
Week 2: Richard Taylor, Centennial H.S.
Week 3: Dennis Bene, Salpointe Catholic H.S.
Week 4: Jon Becktold, Phoenix Washington H.S.
Week 5: John Sanders, Saguaro H.S.