Timing is everything.
And after a week of working on timing routes with his receivers, Chaparral quarterback Connor Brewer was right on time.
The Firebirds posted a 56-13 win against Desert Mountain on Friday, riding the strength of Brewer’s arm and the timing of his receivers.
“Whether it’s stay late and throw with them after practice, or get extra reps,” Brewer said, “(working on timing) definitely helps in game settings.”
Brewer was 14 of 17 for 249 yards passing for the Firebirds (4-1).
And after only two offensive plays, Brewer had shown the benefits of good timing. First, he hooked up with a wide-open Jake Roh for a 54-yard touchdown pass; and followed that with a 40-yard rush for a touchdown on the first play of Chaparral’s next possession.
“We didn’t give our offense a chance because they scored six of their first seven possessions,” said Desert Mountain coach Tony Tabor. “You just got to give your offense a chance.”
By the end of the first half, Brewer had completed two touchdown passes to Roh, one to Davonte Neal (21 yards) and had the rush for a touchdown, all before Desert Mountain (2-2) had scored. He notched a 16-yard touchdown with 6:08 to go in the third quarter.
“They came out and wanted to put a stop to our running game, and we felt like we could do both,” Chaparral coach Charlie Ragle said. “They’re a pressure team. … They loaded up and tried to stop our running game.”
Desert Mountain got on the board with a 43-yard field goal by Matt Foley, who later added a 52-yarder. The Wolves’ sole touchdown came when Desert Mountain wide receiver Mark Andrews climbed the ladder on a Kyle Allen pass with 6:01 left in the first half.
“We learned a little lesson tonight: You don’t win if you can’t get lined up,” Tabor said. “We didn’t get lined up.”
Allen completed 19 of 35 passes for 300 yards and one interception. Andrews finished with seven catches for 116 yards.
Allen, however, lost his grip on the ball with 33 seconds left in the game, which allowed Trevor Wood to record the Firebirds' only defensive touchdown — a 23-yard fumble return.
Brad Schencker replaced Brewer under center in the fourth quarter, and found Zach Buzzard for a 13-yard score with 10 minutes left in the game.
Desert Mountain will play Notre Dame next Friday, while Chaparral will travel to McClintock.