This one of the Valley's top games
this week as #2 Chandler took on #5 Dobson. Dobson came out to
play and set the tone early.
Chandler looked as if the night would
start in their favor as QB Payton LaCivita hit wideout Archie Woulard for a 36
yard gain but that is all the Chandler O could muster and they
Dobson set the tone early, when
fullback Christian Long went up the middle for a 41 yard gain. He scored 3 plays
later and after the missed PAT Dobson was up 6-0
A three-and-out and a bad punt
gave Dobson the ball at the 25. It looked as though the Chandler D would hold
but on 4th and 14, QB Cody Lewis threw it to Josh Ferguson, who
pulled up and threw it to a streaking Melvin Douglas in the endzone a la The Waterboy. PAT was good and Dobson
was up 13-0 just like that.
The struggles continued for
Chandler as they
fumbled the ball away on their first play of the drive. Chandler recovered and
pushed the lead to 16 after a 27 yard field
Chandler went three-and-out again and
Dobson looked as though they would push the lead to three scores as RB Kadeem
Holmon went up the gut for a gain of 15 and Lewis hooked up with Alex Rowe to
put the Mustangs in the red-zone. Safety Harold Bernard thwarted the drive with
an apparent 100 yard interception return. A flag kept the points off the board
for the Wolves and gave them the ball at their own 8 yard
LaCivita hooked up with Woulard a
few more times and got Chandler near midfield but LaCivita was picked off
by Naji Warrayat.
Neither team mustered up much on
their next few series but a critical fumble by Chandler put Dobson one the board again. A bad
option exchange between LaCivita and Steven Jackson was recovered by Mario
Campos at the Chandler 26 yard line and a few tough runs by
Holmon enabled them to go up 19-0 at the half after another
Dion Jordan didn't
start the game. He came in on the 2nd series but he and RB Steven
Jackson were held ineffective. Dobson came out in multiple offensive sets
including 5 and 4 wide but were very effective running ISO. Chandler OL Damien
Edwards went out with an injury and came back later with a cast but didn't play.
I liked what I saw from Kurt Magnum. I waited all summer to see him in pads and
thought he was solid. Played the run well.
If anyone thought the first half
was a fluke, the Mustangs were out to prove them wrong. They came out pounding
the ball in the second half. Holmon and Long marched the offense on a 4 minute
82 play scoring drive, capped off by an 11 yard TD run that put them up
Another three-and-out and some
more heavy doses of Long and Holmon put Dobson in scoring position. Holmon had a
26 yard run on 3rd and 2 to keep the drive alive and Long plunged in
from a yard out. The PAT put Dobson up 32-0 and put the game completely out of
Chandler's bad luck continued as they
fumbled the ball away after two straight completions, one to Woulard and one to
Michael Dunn. Dunn's fumble was recovered by Ferguson and surprise, surprise, Dobson feed
the ball to Holmon and Long. Holmon ended the scoring with a 10 yard TD run to
put them up 39-0 early in the 4th.
And that would be the
Dobson- 39 Chandler-
Jordan didn't play in the 2nd
half, not sure why.
Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins was
I don't think Chandler crossed the 50
until the 4th quarter.
Dobson came to play and Chandler was flat.
Chandler has the
athletes but Dobson has a lot of things going for them. They are physical, play
very hard, tackle well, are solid fundamentally, don't commit turnovers or
penalties and proved they are a force to be reckoned with. They have another big
game next week against Hamilton.
Chandler couldn't get anything going.
Steven Jackson and Dion Jordan were non-factors and they turned the ball over a
lot, can't do that and expect to win. Got to get the ball in your playmakers
hands. They are still a dangerous team that will win some
Tough to pick just one. Every
facet of the team played well. I like what the o-line did for Long and Holmon.
some keys plays. Christian Long plays hard! Plays FB and DT and is a force at
both. But I will give Holmon and Long my game ball, Holmon rushed for 136 yards
and 1 score while Long had 3 TDs.
Archie Woulard was good for
Chandler, may be state's most under-rated WRs. Caught 6 balls for 87