Canyon del Oro controlled the first two possessions of its Division II first-round playoff game against host Marcos De Niza, and each time, Friday night's storm had the Padres answer.
Marcos de Niza rolled the Dorados 35-8, as the wind blew out the Dorados' early spark, stoking the Padres' sideline and turning the game's momentum.
On its first drive, Canyon del Oro took more than nine minutes off the clock, driving the ball down to the Padres' 13-yard-line before a wind-gust pushed a field goal attempt to the northeast, hitting the goal post and bouncing down - no good.
Then, after a Padres' three-and-out, Daniel Villalobos' punt sailed 74 yards, veritably flipping the field around and pinning the Dorados at their 2-yard line.
The change of events was exactly what the higher-seeded Padres needed.
"(The players) kept their composure better than I did," Padres' coach Roy Lopez said of his team's early struggles. "We regrouped well."
After forcing a punt, the Padres took their next drive 56 yards, scoring on third and goal when Adam Pavlenko punched it in from the 1.
Giovann Gomez-Makel intercepted the Dorados on the ensuing drive, as the flea-flicker attempt failed due to the Padres' pass rush.
The Padres went 59 yards on their next drive, mixing runs to the perimeter with passes down the seams. Quarterback Tommy Thornton, who was near flawless on the night, finished the drive on fourth and goal from the 1 on a sneak play.
After forcing another three-and-out, the Padres took the ball at their own 39 with just under two minutes left in the half. Thornton completed four passes on the scoring drive. The third completion went to running back Jaquese Moore, who broke two tackles in order to get out of bounds with 14 seconds to play. Two plays later, Thornton connected with stand-out receiver Paul Elvira on an 20-yard, acrobatic catch in the end-zone, giving the Padres a 21-0 lead.
The rout was on. The Padres marched down the field on their first drive of the second half, capping it with a 20-yard touchdown catch down the seam to put the game out of reach at 28-0.
"It was our offensive line," Thornton said. "It was the versatility of all of our skill players,"
Thornton finished completing 17 of 18 passes for 200 yards, adding 80 on the ground.
The Padres' Maurice Lee had 106 yards on the ground, while Moore finished with 150 combined (receiving and rushing) yards.
Marcos de Niza will travel to Vail next week to take on second-seeded Cienega in the quarterfinals.