There was a lot at stake tonight in the game as Chandler walked in with an
undefeated record (5-0) and a chip on their shoulder. There were many claims
was not every thing they were hyped up to be because of the "easy schedule."
While Gilbert, wanted to stay above .500 and not fall behind going into region
play. Well, Chandler won tonight behind a very strong
defense and proved to everyone that they are for real.
The Wolves defense started strong from the get go. They held Gilbert to 3
and out on their 1st possession and forced a turnover on their
2nd. Chandler LB Reno
Blomquist forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow LB Ricky Moore and returned to the Gilbert
3. This would set up a 3 yard Reno
Blomquist TD run to put Chandler up 7-0. The whole 1st
quarter was filled with turnovers as Gilbert fumbled two more times and
and threw a pick in the 1st quarter.
Chandler continued the
turnover trend when James Richardson
fumbled on Chandler's 1st possession of the
2nd quarter but the Wolves got things turned around on their next
possession. QB Brad Johnson lead his
team down the field and a nearly flawless 8 play drive capped off on a 9 yard Johnson to Richardson TD
pass. On the drive, Johnson
completed passes of 14, 9, 19 and 9 yards respectively to put Chandler up 13-0. Both
teams continued to pay tough defense the rest of the half and the score at half
remained 13-0 in favor of Chandler.
Chandler's offense came out in the
2nd half in a hurry. They scored on their 3rd play from
scrimmage when Johnson hit RB Ryan Coleman for an 81 yard touchdown
on a boot pass. This put Chandler up 20-0. Gilbert tried to answer with
their big FB Bobby Ili but the Wolves stacked 8 in the box and basically
forced Gilbert to pass, which is not their strong point. Chandler continued to play
sound defense and beat Gilbert at their own game. They ate up most of the clock
in the 3rd quarter when they went on a 13 play drive that all but
ended the quarter. The drive was lead by a 3-headed rushing attack of Blomquist, Coleman and Justin Sims.
It was much of the same in the 4th quarter as Gilbert could
not muster up enough offense to make a comeback. Chandler took advantage of their speed and put
a ton of heat on the QB. DL Joey
Duncan contributed 2 sacks and Reno
Blomquist sacked QB Aaron Weise
that forced a fumble that would lead to Chandler's final score; a short Darren Sweely FG to make the score 23-0 and
end the game.
First off, Chandler has one of the most impressive
defenses that I have seen this season. They are big, fast, physical and can
really hit. CB KB Stevenson, LBs Reno Blomquist and Ricky Moore all played outstanding. They
forced 5 fumbles and lined up in a 4-4 defense that was perfect for stopping
Gilbert's run game, which was nearly inexistent except for a few nice runs by
and Weise. Chandler was also able to
play great field position. Punter Darren Sweely placed 3 punts inside the
Gilbert 10 yard line. This meant if Gilbert wanted to score, they would have to
run the entire length of the field. I would not count Gilbert out. They will be
able to pound the ball on teams especially with a backfield of Ili (6'2 235)
and FB Derek Smith (6'2 215). And
their defense actually played well despite the score. They were on the field A
LOT and actually stopped Chandler on many occasions. Chandler QB Brad Johnson was very efficient and
looked like he could play at the next level. I also thought WR James Richardson
The Chandler D. 5 fumbles, enough said.