Chandler is primarily known for their offense but it was their defensive play on Friday night that helped the Wolves beat Chaparral 22-10.
The two teams exchanged punts to start the game but on Chandler's second series, QB Mason Moran hooked up with N'Keal Harry three times but it was Moran that ran the ball in from 38 yards out to get the scoring started. Moran to Johnny Johnson on the two-point try and the Wolves took an early 8-0 lead.
Midway through the second quarter, Chandler DB Isiah Swann intercepted Grayson Berry's pass and took it to the house to extend the lead to 15-0. The Chaparral offense couldn't seem to get clicking, fumbling the ball away on the next possession and then coming away with no points despite being in scoring position just before half.
Score at half: Chandler 15 Chaparral 0
The defensive battle continued as both teams punted and turned the ball ove ron downs in each of their first two drives of the second half.
Chaparral finally managed to get on the board on a Spencer Greenberg TD run. 15-7. But Chandler quickly responded on a T.J. Green TD run to make it 22-7 late in the third.
Down 22-7, Chaparral recovered a fumble and cut the lead to 22-10 on an Anthony Mosharrafa field goal.
Chaparral had a chance to get back in the game, forcing a Chandler three-and-out and moving the ball inside the five yard line but a swatted pass by Hamilcar Rashed ended all hopes for the Firebirds.
Chandler ran the clock out and came away with a 22-10 win.
The game was sloppy offensively on both sides of the ball but Chandler's defense was huge, coming up with the pick 6 and allowing just a field goal.
Chaparral had some chances late but coming away with only three points with two trips inside the 10 yard line is disappointing.
Going with the Chandler defense. They had several key stops inside the redzone, scored a defensive touchdown and limited Caparral to just 10 points.