The Chandler football team is the undisputed king of its city this year.
If the Wolves keep playing like this, a run at the state title might not be far-fetched.
Chandler finished off a sweep of its public school district brethren with a 49-7 thrashing of Basha in Division I action on Friday night.
Quarterback Bryce Perkins was 10-of-20 passing for 180 yards and three touchdowns and added 11 carries for 99 yards and another score. Running back Chase Lucas had nine carries for 104 yards and three total touchdowns.
The Wolves (7-2) have won five consecutive games after a 2-2 start, including wins over Chandler foes Perry, Hamilton and now Basha within the past four weeks.
While Mountain Pointe is the clear favorite in the Division I race, Chandler may be making its mark as the top contender as the postseason beckons.
“We’re growing every week and the team is bonding,” coach Shaun Aguano said. “It’s exciting for us to see what’s coming.”
Chandler needed 41 second-half points last season to rally past Basha, but it stepped on the gas from the start in this one.
Mitch McCulley caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Perkins to start the scoring, and the Wolves poured on 28 second-quarter points to put the blowout in motion.
A running clock was instituted after Perkins scored on a 20-yard run with 8:17 left in the third quarter and Chandler cruised to the win.
Perkins and Lucas were dynamic on the ground, and once the passing game came together, the Bears (4-5) had no answer.
“We practiced their coverages and their alignments so many times that we came into the game already knowing what they were going to do,” Perkins said. “It was just a matter of executing the plays the coaches called and we did a great job of it.”
The defense was just as good, registering five sacks and two interceptions. Basha star quarterback Zach Werlinger was limited to 12-of-26 passing for 86 yards with the two picks. Standout running back Rajhan Meriwether had 23 carries for only 74 yards, and was bottled up when the outcome was still in doubt.
Chandler’s defense is only giving up 12 points per game during its winning streak.
“It’s scary because they’re hitting people out there,” Aguano said. “The better they get and then we’re playing with shorter fields on offense - we’re pretty dangerous.”
How well did things go for Chandler on this night? Lucas was informed after the game about a scholarship offer from Arizona State, the first he’s received.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Lucas said. “I don’t even know how to describe it. I love this feeling right now.”
Chandler 49, Basha 7
First downs: B 13; C 20
Rushing: B 35-69; C 37-216
Passing (Comp-Att-Yards-INT-TD): B 14-29-123-1-2; C 10-20-180-3-0
Fumbles-Lost: B 1-0; C 1-0
Penalties-Yards: B 1-3; C 4-40
Basha 0 0 7 0 -- 7
Chandler 7 28 21 0 -- 49
C: McCulley 10 pass from Perkins, Knutson kick
C: Lucas 39 rush, Knutson kick
C: Lucas 19 pass from Perkins, Knutson kick
C: Lucas 11 run, Knutson kick
C: Mahan 30 pass from Perkins, Knutson kick
C: Perkins 20 run, Knutson kick
C: Flanigan 8 run, Knutson kick
B: Griffin 17 pass from O’Connor, Thompson kick