This game had the most hype in the Valley as both teams walked in undefeated. The first half lived up to the hype but Chaparral scored 23 points in the second half to give Pinnacle their first loss.
Things got off to a rocky start for Pinnacle as they fumbled the ball in the opening series and gave Chaparral possesion at the 30 yard line. It only took a few plays for Connor Brewer to find Danny Trittler from 25 yards out and give the Firebirds an early 7-0 lead.
Pinnacle's Jordan Soteros took the ensuing kickoff 74 yards to the Firebird's 25. Brendan Murphy kept Soteros from getting in the endzone with great make up speed. The Pioneers got three points out of the return on Alex Zemezonak's 27 yard field goal. 7-3.
The Pinnacle D, led by Andrew Hurley, forced a punt and the offense put together a nice drive to take their first, and only, lead of the game. Some tough runs by Conner Jeffries and a few short passes from Alex Cappellini to Dillon Luther kept the chains moving and Cappellini scored on a 39 yard run. 10-7 Pinnacle after 1.
This is when Dwayne Garrett took over. On the next drive he went 64 yards off the left side to the house. 14-10.
Chaparral's D tightened up, forced two more punts, and Garrett scored again. This time from 10 yards out. Cole Tyree had several big gains on the drive as well. 21-10.
Pinnacle had a chance to get points on the board late in the second quarter. Cappellini hit Zemezonak on a 40 yard bomb that gave them the ball at the 17 yard line with under 30 seconds to go. Chaparral brought heat and forced an incomplete pass and an intentional grounding that ended up being the difference in them putting three more points on the baord before halftime, as Zemezonak's 47 yard FG try fell short as time expired.
I don't know what Charlie Ragle said to the Firebirds at halftime, but whatever he said it worked. They rattled off 23 unanswered points in the second half. They got the rock and Tyree had several nice gains and Brewer hit Rob Mougey for nearly 20 yards on the opening drive. Then Garrett hit paydirt for the third time. 28-10.
This score seemed to take the wind out of Pinnacle's sail. Garrett and Tyree each got a score later for the Firebirds and Ben Damari added a field goal.
Final Chaparral 45 Pinnacle 10
While Pinnacle is a very solid team with a fast defense, Chaparral had a little too much firepower. The Pioneers just didn't have an answer for Dwayne Garrett. Pinnacle is still going to be a very formidable opponent and could make a deep 5A2 playoff run but Chaparral looks like one of the top teams in the state regardless of classification.
Chap RB Dwayne Garrett. He scored four times and looked like the best player on the field tonight.