Chaparral blows out Cienega

Rematch with Cactus looms ahead

Number 4 vs. number 5.  10-1 against 10-1.  Tucson vs. Phoenix (Scottsdale).  The Cienega/Chaparral 4A-1 quarterfinal match-up had all the makings of a great football game.  Somebody forgot to tell the Firebirds. 


Chaparral's sensational senior Kyle Williams scored from 65 yards on the first play of the game to put the Firebirds up 7-0.  Williams scored again the next time he touched the ball from 58 yards and the rout was on.  Kyle, going to ASU to play football and baseball, gained 131 yards rushing on just 5 carries and caught 3 passes for another 74 yards.  Cienega threatened on their second time with the ball, getting into scoring position on a Kyle Knight halfback pass to Bryce Burnett for 32 yards.  However, a holding call put the Bobcats back and they then missed a field goal.


The Firebirds came right back on a Nick Neuenfeldt to Williams strike that covered 52 yards early in the second quarter.  Neuenfeldt (7/11 for 157 yards, 3 carries for 68 yards) scored later in the quarter on a terrific keeper that covered 34 yards, blowing past a stunned Bobcat secondary who probably thought the 6'4", 238 pounder didn't have the speed to run past them.  A lot division one schools should take a look at that play and give this guy a shot.  Right now, only UTEP and Colorado State have shown major interest in Neuenfeldt.  A Matt Boatman field goal put the Firebirds up 31-0 at the half.


The second half was much the same.  Senior running back Spencer Rothery (9 carries for 66 yards and 2 TDs) got into the act with some nice running and junior back Brock Claffey finished off the scoring with a nice run from 50 for the final TD.  Special mention goes to tight end Trevor Hankins (2 catches for 68 yards) who produced a spectacular one handed grab of a Neuenfeldt pass in the first half.  Defensively, Boatman made several big hits, along with junior defensive end Rodney Shaw. 


The Bobcats scored twice in the second half, mostly against the Chaparral second teamers.  Michael Robertson (12/23 for 133 yards, 6 carries for 49 yards) scored on the ground as did Knight (7 carries, 34 yards, 6 catches, 31 yards). 


Chaparral now faces the number seed Cactus Cobras in next weeks 4A-1 semifinal.  Cactus is the only team to defeat the Firebirds, winning in the third week of the season 26-10.  Chaparral thinks they are a different team than early in the season, while the Cobras still have a big chip on their shoulder after last season's disappointing loss to Moon Valley in the title game.  This game should be a good one. 


Stay tuned to Cox7 for a Friday semifinal contest and, also, on Saturday for the 2A and 3A title games starting at 2 PM.

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