Behind a complete effort, No. 2 Chandler dominated No. 15 Skyline 55-16 Friday night to advance to the second round of the Division I playoffs, where a rematch against Basha awaits.
The Wolves used their defense to set up their offense in the first half, as Chandler forced three first half turnovers and continuously gave their offense short fields to work with. On their -six first half drives (five of which ended in touchdowns), the Wolves started in Skyline territory three times. Two of the three possessions that started in Chandler territory began at their own 49 and 48. The one time they did start deep in their own territory (their own 12), the Wolves scored on that drive as well.
“We played tough and we played physical,” coach Shaun Aguano said. “We had a few personal fouls that brought a couple things back, but we gave our offense a couple short fields and we took advantage of that.”
Skyline coach Angelo Pauffumi thought his team was able to move the ball well, but wasn’t able to do it when they got deep in Wolves territory.
“I really believe winning is a learned thing. We had opportunity to move the ball against a very talented team inside the 30 maybe four or five times and fumbled or threw an interception every single time," he said. "When you’re on that stage we have to believe we’re going to make a play and we have to do it. We don’t know how to do it yet. We’re just not quite there. We’re taking steps, but we don’t know how to make the play on the big stage yet. Winning is a habit and so is losing. We have to shake the years of losing to get there.”
As well as the defense played, the Chandler offense was even better. Only four Wolves drives did not end in touchdowns, with two of those coming when they took knees before halftime and the end of the game. Only once did Chandler punt. Quarterback Bryce Perkins was an efficient 16 of 20 for 249 yards passing and three touchdowns. Perkins also added 50 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. As a whole, the Wolves offense tallied up 471 yards of offense.
“I think we’re getting better and better at making the reads that we need to,” Aguano said of his offense. “The short fields help us. I’m happy with what went on tonight. We’ll just get ready for next week.”
Chandler 55, Skyline 16
First Downs: Chandler 25, Skyline 13
Rushing: Chandler 30-178, Skyline 48-200
Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): Chandler 18-22-293-4-1, Skyline 5-15-98-1-1
Fumbles-Lost: Chandler 1-0, Skyline 7-3
Penalties-Yards: Chandler 7-85, Skyline 5-55
Chandler 21 14 7 13 – 55
Skyline 8 0 8 0 – 16
Chandler: Perkins 4 run (Knutson kick)
Skyline: Ruppert 49 run (Avitia pass to Post)
Chandler: Elijah Sykes 51 pass from Perkins (Knutson kick)
Chandler: Lucas 5 run (Knutson kick)
Chandler: Lucas 4 run (Knutson kick)
Chandler: Dionte Sykes 42 pass from Perkins (Knutson kick)
Chandler: Perkins 15 run (Knutson kick)
Skyline: Tucker 3 pass from Amado (Amado pass to Woods)
Chandler: McCulley 26 pass from Perkins (kick failed)
Chandler: Mills 32 pass from Yeargain (Knutson kick)