Chaparral scored first on a short Gabe Lutz run to take the early 7-0 lead but Red Mountain scored 27 unanswered and things looked bleak for the Firebirds.
Chaparral continuously gave Red Mountain a short field and the Mt. Lions were able to capitalize. A good return set up RM's first score, a short Lance Lawson run. LB Colton Stands intercepted Sean Paul Brophy and RM turned then into points on a Kyler Buckles to Jordan Dobbins pass. A bad snap and a bad punt on Chaparral's next drive put Red Mountain at the 21, which lead to a 39 yard Devon Farnsworth field goal. Chaparral then turned around and fumbled the ball to RM, which they again capitalized on on another Farnsworth FG. And just like that it was 20-7 Red Mountain in the 2nd quarter.
After a Chaparral punt, Buckles raced in from 34 yards out to build a 27-7 lead midway through the 2nd quarter.
Chaparral was able to get two scores to end the half, the first a Tanner Groff run and the second a Sean Paul Brophy pass to Mason Drake with 32 seconds left in the half.
Score at half: Red Mountain 27, Chaparral 21.
Red Mountain would threaten but never score again.
Forcing a turn over on downs, Red Mountain drove the field and scored, only to have it get called back for a block in the back. The Mt. Lions would miss a field goal on the drive.
After stuffing a Chaparral fake punt and getting the ball back inside the 30, Red Mountain missed another field goal.
Brophy would come up big in the early fourth quarter to give the Firebirds the lead back. He hit Spencer Grenberg for 30 and then Christian Skeptaris for 30 to put the ball at the 2. Greenberg punched it in and Chaparral took the lead back 28-27.
Chaparral's defense forced three negative plays in a row and a Red Mountain punt. The Firebirds drove the field and Chris Sanchez connected on a 34 yard FG. 31-27.
Red Mountain got the ball back twice inside the Chaparral 40 but turned the ball over on downs both times giving Chaparral their fourth win on the year.
Final Chaparral 31, Red Mountain 27
I have been covering high school football in Arizona for over 10 years now and this game had more flags then I can ever remember. It was crazy.
Not taking anything away from Chaparral's comeback win but Red Mountain is the best 0-5 team in the state. All things being the same, two missed field goals hurts.
I thought Sean Paul Brophy was tough for Chaparral. He won't have a crazy stat line but he delivered some clutch passes in key times. He took a beating but kept stepping up in the pocket and making throws.
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