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VX Dream Team: 1999 Chaparral vs. 2002 Mtn. View

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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 2:22 pm | Updated: 2:26 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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Voting for the first round of games of the Dream Team tournament runs through Monday at 10 a.m.

Here's a look at these two opponents:

1999 CHAPARRAL

Record: 14-0

Coach: Ron Estabrook

Top players: Running back Josh Griffin (1,811 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns); running backs Dustin Ireland and Bryan Schlueter (a combined 1,400 yards rushing and 14 TDs); linebacker Austin Sendlein; and linemen Brad Reisner and Nick Iarrobino. Griffin, Sendlein and kicker Scott Lane earned the most accolades for the season.

Championship game: Chaparral 27, Tucson Sahuaro 10

Season recap: The closest anyone came to defeating the Firebirds was Phoenix Thunderbird in the first round of the playoffs, an eventual 13-3 victory. Griffin lived up to his reputation as a big-play back, bolting 87 yards for one of Chaparral's TDs in the win over Sahuaro. The title was the first in school history, with two more coming the next decade. Chaparral outscored its opponents, 539-126. The Firebirds rushed for 4,091 yards as a team.

2002 MOUNTAIN VIEW

Record: 14-0

Coach: Tom Joseph

Top players: Quarterback Max Hall (2,384 yards passing and 25 touchdowns), running back Shane Parra (1,058 yards rushing and 27 TDs); receiver Cody Malone (39 receptions for 702 yards and five TDs); linebacker Bryce Hardy.

Championship game: Mountain View 50, Glendale Ironwood 8

Season recap: This Toros squad performed flawlessly in coach Tom Joseph's first year. They scored 602 points and piled up 5,470 yards (2,949 rushing and 2,530 passing). The defense, typically disciplined, allowed just 34 points for the year and posted eight shutouts. The Toros gave up 21 of the 34 points in the playoffs. The only close call came late in the regular season against Westwood, an 8-0 win. Receivers like Malone and Brendan McGowan gave Hall plenty of possibilities. The hard-hitting secondary of Robert Dahlk, Spencer Perkinson and George Willis produced 24 interceptions.

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