Chandler Basha showed Friday that while it is young on talent, it is used to finding ways to win.
The Bears captured a 27-3 homecoming victory over Glendale Deer Valley in 5A nonregion action.
Bears quarterback Troy Graham had nine completions on 16 attempts for two touchdowns, including a 50-yard pass to Ryan McBurney with 2:05 left in the second quarter to put the Bears up 13-0.
The Bears also picked up 224 rushing yards, 60 of them on a rushing touchdown from back Dusty Rush.
Despite the numbers, Basha (3-0) had problems all night with stalled offensive drives caused mostly by penalties (eight for 108 yards) or miscues.
“I think we were flat,” Basha coach Tim McBurney said. “We have a young team that does not know how to come and prepare each week.”
McBurney said the loss of playing the first game of the season (San Luis forfeited in Week 1) still is problematic for his team.
“This is a young team and we need all the game experience we can get to become a good team and we’re not there yet,” McBurney said.
However, the Bears’ defense did force four Deer Valley turnovers and kept the Skyhawks (1-2) from doing much offensively the entire game.
The game took on a somber tone when Deer Valley’s Jared Ritter was injured on a Skyhawk offensive play just a minute into the second half.
Ritter was examined by emergency personnel on the scene and then removed from the field on a backboard and flown by emergency helicopter to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix as a precautionary measure.
His condition was not immediately known.
Vitals: Chandler Basha (3-0) downed Glendale Deer Valley (1-2) 27-3 in a 5A nonregion game Friday at Basha.
Highlight: Basha scored 13 points in the last seven minutes of the first half to revive its offense and get the homecoming crowd back into the game. The game was stopped for 20 minutes in the third quarter when Deer Valley’s Jared Ritter was injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital.
Player of the game: Basha’s Troy Graham threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns.