The two quarterback system was a winner last Friday night for defending 5A-I champ Chandler Hamilton, even if it only got a half to try it out.
Seniors Gerell Robinson and Justin Peters, the tandem behind center for the 2007 Huskies, combined to complete 10 of 13 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns in Hamilton’s 44-0, one-half rout of Sierra Vista Buena.
Robinson accounted for 250 yards (passing for 145, rushing for 46 and catching two balls for 59). Both got to play consecutive series to maintain continuity.
Running back Covaughn DeBoskie, the Huskies’ returning 1,000-yard rusher, rushed for 75 yards on five carries and scored once. Hamilton amassed 411 yards of offense in one half to 41 for Buena.
ONE FOR THE BOOKS
Those in attendance at Friday’s game between Mesa Dobson and Tempe Corona del Sol witnessed a rarity.
The Mustangs’ 26-16 win ended a streak of 16 consecutive victories for the Aztecs in season openers and marked only the second time coach Gary Venturo has lost the first game of a season. Venturo, who is in his 21st season at Corona, is 18-2-1 in openers.
STARTING OUT RIGHT
Nine local schools that made the playoffs in their respective conferences last year opened the 2007 season last week with a victory. Mesa Mountain View, Gilbert Highland, Hamilton, Chandler Valley Christian, Apache Junction, Scottsdale Chaparral, Phoenix Brophy, Maricopa and Chandler Basha (forfeit win over San Luis) triumphed. Four who were postseason participants in 2006 lost — Gilbert, Corona del Sol, Fountain Hills and Coolidge.
Of the schools that lost, only Coolidge fell to a team (Eagar Round Valley) that qualified for postseason last year.
Firebirds fullback Matt Peterson bruised his sternum and was held out of the second half of Friday’s game against Marana as a precautionary measure. He is expected to be back to 100 percent for this week’s game at Vail Cienega, coach Charlie Ragle said.
Ragle said he would like to get tailback Deveron Carr more involved in the offense this week. Carr had an 83-yard TD run last week and had another 60-plus yard score called back on a holding penalty.
“He’s definitely got to get more touches,” Ragle said.
Staff writers Kyle Odegard and Matt Paulson contributed to this report.