Chaparral v Sabino
This was a big time match up of two one loss teams and the first quarter and a half lived up to the billing.
Chaparral started the scoring off on their first possession. They marched down the field using RBs Kyle Williams and Spencer Rothery (which would be the theme of the night) to get on the board first. Williams had 3 carries for 28 yards on the drive and Rothery had 2 carries for 34 yards and the score. Score: 7-0 Chaparral
Sabino didn't back down. They went on a 65 yard 12 play drive to even the score at 7. Key plays on the series were a 33 yard run by Sabino QB Justin Randall and a 4th down pass interference call to keep the drive alive.
It would only take 4 plays for Chaparral to score again as QB Nick Neuenfeldt found TE Trevor Hankins for a 47 yard TD strike. 14-7 Chaparral.
The Firebird defense made the 1st stop of the game forcing a punt on Sabino's 2nd possession and it would only take 2 plays for Chap to get back on the board. Rothery scampered for 73 yards on the 1st play and Williams punched it in from 1 yard out on the next making it 21-7 Chaparral.
The arm of QB Justin Randall kept Sabino alive. He hit WR Jakob Stallings for 64 yards and then found Sam Sharawara for the Sabercats 2nd score. This game was still close at this point but this is where the tide turned. Chaparral scored 27 unanswered points. Neuenfeldt hit Hankins on an 18 yard TD pass, Rothery added a 1 yard score after a Sabino fumble on the 2nd half kickoff and Kyle Williams added scores from 45 and 15 yards to make the score 48-14 at the end of 3 quarters.
Sabino was able to get back on the score board early in the 4th on a 53 yard Glyndon Bolasky TD run to make it 48-21 but that is as close as they would get.
Rothery added a late 60 yard TD run to make the final 55-21 Chaparral.
The Chaparral defense dared Sabino to throw the ball. They played 8 men in the box and their safety at 8 yards to stop the Sabino ground game. It worked effectively to say the least. They pretty much held Bolasky and Brooks Reed in check and applied too much pressure for Randall to get many good looks at his WRs. Sabino has now dropped two straight but I think they have talent. Reed and Bolasky are hard runners and still should be dangerous down the stretch of the season.
Chaparral looked great for most of the game. Williams and Rothery are threats to score on any touch and Hankins is enough of a threat to make teams keep an eye on him. They are definitely one of the top teams in 4A.
Chaparral RB Spencer Rothery had 13 carries for 203 yards and 3 TDs. RB Kyle Williams added 139 yards on 11 carries and 3 scores. Big TE Trevor Hankins stretched the field and had 5 grabs for 97 yards and 2 TDs.
The Chaparral defense led by LB Matt Boatman and DE Rodney Shaw played tough all night.