Defending State Champion Chandler faced off against crosstown rival Chandler Basha Friday in one of the more physical games you will see at the high school level. Chandler's defense knowing it would have to slow down Basha's star junior quarterback Ryan Kelley, dominated the line of scrimmage all night. The Wolves, lead by senior defensive end Hamilcar Rashed, sacked Kelley five times and had numerous quarterback hurries. While the Chandler offense took control in the second half to win 55-28.
Chandler beats Basha to remain atop Division-one rankings
Rashed was in the Basha backfield most of the night, he had two deflected passes and repeatedly forced Kelley to scramble.
Kelley held up well under the pressure, he didn't throw an interception and had 210 yards before leaving the game with a rib injury at the end of the third quarter. He left to get X-Rays before the game was over. The good news for Basha (3-4) is that it has a bye next week.
The game was close for most of the first half. Chandler jumped out to 14-0 lead behind a touchdown reception from junior Kolby Taylor and fumble return for a score. Basha scored to make it 14-7 and had the ball in scoring position to tie the game but came away with no points. Wolves senior N'Keal Harry scored on a pass from senior Mason Moran with 9 seconds in the half to make it 21-7.
Basha was forced to punt on the opening possession of the second half and Chandler marched downfield to score to make it 28-7. Taylor scored on the Wolves next drive as Chandler (6-1) took a 35-7 lead. At this point the Wolves started playing most of its reserves.
Chandler's ground game was particularly impressive on the night. The Wolves offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and allowed Coach Shaun Aguano to play multiple players at running back with senior Chase Lucas still recovering from injury.
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