Chandler came, saw and conquered on homecoming Friday night, as the Wolves dominated Desert Ridge, 52-14.
It wasn’t a picture-perfect start for Chandler, which turned the ball over on its first drive just four plays in. The miscues allowed Desert Ridge to capitalize and take an early 7-0 lead.
However, that was all the Jaguars’ offense could muster throughout most of the contest.
Chandler went on to score 52 unanswered points until Desert Ridge managed to score a late touchdown. The Jaguars had chances to keep the game close, but two interceptions, six sacks, multiple penalties and the inability to run the ball was their downfall.
“I thought our game plan was solid going into it but when the wheels fall off, we start scrambling and doing things we don’t like to do.” Hathcock said.
While Desert Ridge struggled, Chandler didn’t play as near a perfect game as has been seen in previous weeks. The Wolves struggled with penalties, especially in the first half. Whether it was a block in the back, facemask or pass interference, Chandler couldn’t catch a break.
Wolves coach Rick Garretson said the team didn’t have that much discipline, and that’s something they need to fix.
“When you have to reset, when you have a bye, I’m not saying it’s like starting the season over again but it’s a little bit different because you have two weeks off,” Garretson said. “...the bottom line is we had some adversity and it’s a 52-14 score, but it was a lot tougher than what that would seem.”
Chandler benefited from a strong performance by running back Daveon “Dae Dae” Hunter. The transfer from Colorado rushed for 139 yards on 17 carries. He played a major role in the over 300 yards and six touchdowns Chandler managed to rush for against Desert Ridge.
Hunter acknowledged his strong performance but remains focused on what is to come for Chandler as it chases its fourth straight title.
“That’s what we preach every week,” Hunter said. “The main preach is week-by-week. We got Perry next, that’s what we’re focused on and if we happen to get to the goal of the championship, then that’s what happen during the week to get there.”
That same mentality is shared by the entire Chandler team.
“We have a saying here that we worry about ourselves and that’s what we do,“ Garretson said. “We focus on ourselves … we have four hours a day of undivided focus on football. From the weight room to the film room to the practice field and it shows when our boys are out here and we come out and we play.”
Desert Ridge (2-4) will look to bounce back next week as they take on a strong Desert Vista (4-1, 1-0) team to start region play. Meanwhile, Chandler (5-0) will open region play against district-rival Perry (4-2).
DR -- Thomas 2 run (Edwards kick)
CHS – Hunter 9 run (Peterman kick)
CHS -- Hunter 14 run (Peterman kick)
CHS – Nesbitt 4 run (Peterman kick)
CHS – Hunter 2 run (Peterman kick)
CHS -- Peterman 31 field goal
CHS – Maldonado punt return (Peterman kick)
CHS – Clemente 42 run (Peterman kick)
CHS – Clemente 2 run (Peterman kick)
DR – Kostoryz 47 pass to Forbes (Edwards kick)
17: Austin Kolb QB Jr.: 16-31 160 yards (sacked six times, 2 interception)
12: Jake Kostoryz QB Jr: 2-4 52 yards, TD
2: Jared Nichols Wr Jr: 2 carries for -3 yards
12: Jake Kostoryz QB Jr: 1 carry for a yard
17: Austin Kolb QB Jr: 1 carry for 7 yards
22: Austin Thomas FB Jr: 10 carries for 31 yards, TD
23: Josiah Kidd RB Jr: 7 carries for 34 yards
7: John Butler WR Sr: 2 catch for 19 yards
13: Keiyon Turner WR So: 1 catch for 11 yards
14: Andrew Chino WR Sr: 2 catches for 24 yards
15: Aidan Lee WR/RB Sr: 12 catches for 106 yards
89: Jordan Forbes WR Jr: 1 catch for 47 yards TD
1: Mikey Keene QB Jr.: 20-25 255 yards, 1 interception
1: Mikey Keene QB Jr.: 1 carry for a yard
4: Daveon “Dae Dae” Hunter RB Sr.: 17 carries for 139 yards 3 TD
21: Nicolas Nesbitt RB Jr.: 10 carries for 100 yards, TD
34: Rodney Clemente RB Jr. 6 carries for 70 yards, 2 TD
4: Daveon “Dae Dae” Hunter RB Sr.: 3 catches for 25 yards
5: Kapena Magsayo WR Sr.: 1 catch for 12 yards
14: Barron Miles WR Sr.: 1 catch for 52 yards
15: Eli Swope TE Jr.: 2 catches 26 yards
18: Jalen Richmond WR Jr.: 4 catches 32 yards
81: Jay McEuen TE Sr. 4 catches for 50 yards
84: Kyrion Grayes II WR SO.: 6 catches for 59 yards (fumble)