Trenton Bourguet rolled to his right, cocked his rocket-powered right arm and fired a throw to a receiver cutting over the middle of the field.
In a microcosm of things to come, Bourguet’s pass was on-point, finding Teon Simmons in-stride, before the lanky senior bolted 35 yards to the end zone.
That simple, yet perfectly executed play, was a sign of things to come for an overmatched Desert View defense, as Bourguet and company would march to paydirt with relative ease all night long, with the Tigers winning 64-16.
Bourguet, who entered Friday’s contest ranked eighth statewide in passing yards (2,170) and tied for third overall in passing touchdowns (29), did not disappoint.
The junior was in lock step with his receivers all night long, passing for three touchdowns in the game’s opening half.
The Tigers put forth a complete team effort against the Jaguars. Bourguet and senior running back Zach Roberts led the way on offense, while the defense swarmed and attacked the Jaguars for 48 minutes of game action.
Bourguet believes the Tigers are right where they need to be, two weeks ahead of the state playoffs.
“I think our offense really showed that we fixed our mistakes from last week,” he said. “The turnovers, the defense — I think we’re trying to get better and get ready for the first round of the playoffs.”
Roberts, who scored touchdowns on offense and defense Friday, praised his teammates for setting him up to score on homecoming night.
“It feels great to win, it means our team executed,” Roberts said. “It means our offensive line pushed me to get that touchdown, and it means our defense is where it needs to be to get that pick-six for me.”
He cracked a smile when asked what has propelled the Tigers to their current seven game winning streak.
“We’re special,” the senior said. “We’ve got something special going on here at Marana.”
The jewel of the night for longtime Tigers Coach Andy Litten had nothing to do with the final score, however.
The gem for Litten was that the victory clinched the Tigers’ second consecutive Division 5A Sonoran region, guaranteeing a spot in the state playoffs.
“It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work by my kids, and it feels great.” Litten said. “It’s a pleasure to coach these kids, and I’m glad that they got to experience that two years in a row, after a 30-year drought; it says a lot.”
The Tigers cap off its regular season with a nonconference game against Rincon/University High School, who are 3-6 in Division 6A.
Litten wants his team to replicate the firepower they displayed against the Jaguars, and to avoid underestimating their final regular season foe.
“I think (Rincon’s) going to play hard and we need to be ready to go and understand what we’re playing for,” Litten said. “And know that we need to respect our opponent and expect a great game.”