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Chaparral hands Toros first shutout since '89

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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 10:55 pm | Updated: 3:25 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Not since George Bush Sr. took office and the Berlin Wall came down had Mountain View been blanked on the scoreboard.

That "era" ended Friday when the Toros went smack into the wall that is Chaparral's defense. The Firebirds suffocated Mountain View on nearly every play in a 30-0 Chapparral victory.

It's the first time since 1989 that Mountain View was shut out in a game and not since 1992 have the Toros started a season 0-2.

Mountain View plays a tough Tucson Sunnyside squad next week, followed by Dobson before Central Region play begins.

The Toros could have used one of their alums in Cardinals quarterback Max Hall, who watched from the Toros sideline. On the other side was Cardinals center and Chaparral alum Lyle Sendlein.

Offense figured to be a work in progress this season as the Toros returned one starter from last year.

Regardless of returners, however, the Toros couldn't stretch the field vertically on Chaparral, or prevent Chaparral from swarming the line of scrimmage. The Firebirds held Mountain View to 68 yards rushing and forced two turnovers, including a 44-yard interception return late by Davonte Neal.

"We were excellent defensively," Firebirds coach Charlie Ragle said while praising defensive coordinator Conrad Hamilton.

This is nothing new for the defending 5A Division II champions, who appeared every bit the title contenders this season because of that defense.

Chaparral scored 53 and 48 points, respectively, in its first two weeks, and the Firebirds acknowledged several penalties among their mistakes Friday night which hampered the offense.

But the defense was there, as the Toros only made it past midfield twice. One of those came on a perfect fake-punt pass in the first quarter.

"We've got 10 new guys out there trying to get it done," Toros coach Tom Joseph said. "...We want to give people a chance to play and get a lot of seniors a chance."

Defensively, Mountain View fared better than the final score indicates, as Neal's interception return accounted for one score, and the Toros stuffed Chaparral multiple times on third and fourth downs.

Easily the best defense Chaparral had seen in this young season, the Toros held a lethal offense to fewer than four yards per carry and intercepted Connor Brewer twice.

Neal opened the scoring in the first quarter with an excellent 37-yard, over-the-shoulder catch of Brewer's throw in the end zone on the Firebirds' first possession of the game.

The back-breaker came with five seconds before halftime, when Brewer hit Alex Holmes on a slant pattern from 10 yards out to give Chaparral a 20-0 lead.

Brewer finished with 163 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Chaparral, but six different running backs combined for 167 yards rushing. Alex Holmes had four catches for 66 yards and a score.

Jeremy Boatright was 6 of 16 passing for 68 yards for the Toros. He also rushed for 35 yards.

More rough news for Mountain View: Already without starting linebacker Jake Thomas (who had knee surgery Friday and is likely out 3-6 weeks), the Toros lost another key component on defense, Beau Stapley. He suffered an injured ankle late in the game and was on crutches afterward.

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