Scottsdale Chaparral celebrated Matt Berney's birthday with a 55-6 drubbing of the visiting Tempe Buffaloes in a 4A nonregion matchup Thursday. Berney got his cake and ate it too with 43 rushing yards and a touchdown to go with three catches for 33 yards and a sack.
The Firebirds’ offensive firepower came from quarterback Casey Lytle, who staked his team to a 35-0 lead at the half, going 8-of-14 for 137 yards and three touchdowns.
Chaparral, now 5-0, travels to Tucson next week to take on unbeaten Sabino.
Chaparral coach Ron Estabrook wasn't elated with his team's performance, score notwithstanding.
"I don't think we played well, especially our first offense," said Estabrook. "We have got to get our intensity level up."
The Chaparral defense did not have any problems getting revved up. The Firebirds held Tempe to 98 total yards, 51 on the ground. The lone Tempe score came in the third quarter when Zach Guizar stepped in for the injured Pedro Rubio and threw a 10-yard screen pass to Terrance Luna.
Tempe did not do much to help its cause. Before Rubio was injured, he completed 1 of 12 passes for three yards and the Buffaloes' rushing attack amounted to a paltry 51 yards, 31 from Isaac Smith.
The Firebird running game was held in check in the first half, save for Berney's 39-yard touchdown scamper.
"I didn't plan on much for my birthday, but it worked out for me," said Berney. "I think we played up to par, but we need a hard week of practice before Sabino."
"We have some rough edges to work out," Estabrook said. "We just have to sharpen things up."