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5A-II Gameday: Chaparral vs. Marcos de Niza

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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 10:32 pm | Updated: 3:07 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Statistics and information for Friday night's 5A-II state championship game.

Chaparral vs. Marcos de Niza

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe

TV/Radio: None/KDUS (1060 AM); Internet: aia365.com

Records: Marcos de Niza 12-1; Chaparral 12-1

Last meeting: Marcos de Niza 3, Chaparral 0 (1992)

Tickets: $8 for adults; $6 for students; kids under 5 get in free

Three things to watch

  1. Chaparral ground game: Dwayne Garrett and Cole Tyree have been quite a handful this season for the opposition. Combined they have 3,035 yards and 42 rushing touchdowns. Garrett is more the breakaway type, and the Padres must make him grind out yardage rather than amass it in 30- or 40-yard clumps. The Padres' defense did a great job on Peoria Centennial running back Anthony Hughes last week, giving up 131 yards rushing to him on 21 carries. Hughes averaged four yards less per carry last week than he did in his other games. His longest run was 26 yards. Tyree might be able to sneak in a few big plays if Marcos de Niza gets overly concerned with Garrett.
  2. Justin Rodriguez factor: Marcos de Niza's outstanding wideout has 15 touchdown receptions this season and is particularly dangerous in the red zone. Five of those TD receptions have come in the last two playoff games vs. Tucson Sunnyside and Peoria Centennial from 20 yards and in. Double-teaming? Bracketing? The Firebirds need to account for Rodriguez effectively in whatever manner they decide to defend him.
  3. Where's Ramon Abreu: The Firebirds should expect to see a lot of Abreu. He is the Padres' leading tackler, their leading scorer, he punts and returns kicks. He's made countless key plays on defense, including last week when he was particularly hard on Hughes. Abreu can be nondescript on offense for a few plays, with little or no gains on runs. But he has a knack for making huge plays when he has space, and that's a concern for any team. Abreu is always a threat in the passing game as well, as the team's second-leading receiver.

Scouting the Firebirds

Chaparral has a defense comparable to Marcos de Niza's and an offense that's been highly consistent. The Firebirds are giving up 13 points a game, and their offense has put up 20 points or more in a game every week but one. In the playoffs Chaparral is averaging 48 points per game. The Firebirds have been behind early in two of their playoff games and had to rally to beat Phoenix North Canyon late in the regular season. That shows resilience and gives them the knowledge that getting behind in a game isn't worthy of panic.

Scouting the Padres

Marcos de Niza is defined by its defense and what can be an inconsistent yet big-play offense. The Padres are giving up just 13 points a game and have 41 takeaways this season - three more than last year. The Padres haven't been overly effective running the ball against solid teams, but it's Abreu, Dominic Sotelo and Anthony Shivers who shoulder the load. Marcos de Niza committed five turnovers against Tucson Sunnyside in the quarterfinals but still won thanks to an array of big plays on offense. Five turnovers in the championship game won't cut it. Marcos did not turn the ball over against Centennial.

Chaparral offense

WR - Danny Trittler

LT - Andrew Gustafson

LG - Jono Rahav

C - Nick Plimpton

RG - Alex Sammartino

RT - Andre Yruretagoyena

WR - Rob Mougey

QB - Connor Brewer

RB - Dwayne Garrett

RB - Cole Tyree

WR - Alex Holmes

Chaparral defense

DE - Justin Jackson

DT - Sean Kamela

DE - Bryson Wigent

LB - Kyle Combs

LB - Hunter Gregg

LB - Chris Fox

LB - Chris Arnold

CB - Joe Zurek

SS - Colby Targun

FS - Colton Bishop

CB - Brendan Murphy

Chaparral season stats


Name Comp Att Yds TD INT

Connor Brewer 107 169 1,749 19 6


Name Att Yds Avg TD

Dwayne Garrett 211 1,740 8.3 32

Cole Tyree 171 1,295 7.6 10

Kyle Brown 34 196 5.8 2


Name Att Yds Avg TD

Danny Trittler 49 780 15.9 12

Rob Mougey 21 435 20.7 3

Cole Tyree 11 163 14.8 2

Chaparral results

Date Opponent

9/4 Chaparral 42, Boulder Creek 7

9/11 Chaparral 42, Mesa Mtn. View 10

9/17 Chaparral 17, Mesquite 6

9/25 Chaparral 56, Kofa 14

10/2 Chaparral 37, Perry 3

10/8 Chaparral 49, Horizon 13

10/16 Chaparral 45, Pinnacle 10

10/23 Chaparral 32, St. Mary's 14

10/29 Chaparral 24, North Canyon 19

11/6 Desert Mtn. 27, Chaparral 20

11/13 Chaparral 49, Perry 0

11/20 Chaparral 54, Millennium 32

12/4 Chaparral 42, Desert Mtn. 14

Marcos de Niza offense

RB - Dominic Sotelo

RB - Ramon Abreu

WR - Martwon Weaver

WR - Justin Rodriguez

WR - Tevin Newell

QB - Zach Schira

C - Dylan Yole

OG - Brandon Gammage

OG - Justin Henson

OT - Billy Rone

OT - Roy Garcia

Marcos de Niza defense

DE - Roy Garcia

DT - Todd Lawrence

DT - Eduardo Rodriguez

DE - Christian Mancha

LB - Ramon Abreu

LB - Aaron Pavlenko

LB - Adam Pavlenko

DB - Dominic Sotelo

DB - Justin Rodriguez

DB - Kyle Becerra

DB - Ivan Valenzuela

Marcos de Niza season stats


Name Comp Att Yds TD INT

Zach Schira 108 200 1,955 23 9


Name Att Yds Avg TD

Ramon Abreu 96 803 8.4 15

Anthony Shivers 61 577 9.5 6

Dominic Sotelo 76 421 5.5 6


Name Att Yds Avg TD

Justin Rodriguez 44 779 17.7 13

Ramon Abreu 27 441 16.3 2

Tevin Newell 20 417 20.9 6

Marcos de Niza results

Date Opponent

8/28 Marcos 42, Mar. Mtn. View 7

9/4 Marcos 42, La Joya 7

9/11 Marcos 53, Valley Vista 20

9/17 Marcos 14, Deer Valley 7

9/24 Marcos 35, Desert Ridge 20

10/2 Marcos 14, Westwood 6

10/9 Marcos 42, Perry 0

10/23 Marcos 36, Casa Grande 22

10/30 Marcos 35, Skyline 0

11/6 Mountain Pointe 26, Marcos 23

11/13 Marcos 46, Central 21

11/20 Marcos 34, Sunnyside 24

12/4 Marcos 16, Centennial 14

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