Football: Chandler vs Pinnacle

Chandler quarterback Mason Moran (15) runs the ball in for a touchdown during the football game between Pinnacle and Chandler at Pinnacle High School on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

Chandler dominated Brophy on both sides of the ball, but the return of star running back Chase Lucas shined brighter than the final score - an 28-6 win over Brophy - for the Wolves.

Lucas was limited to just 46 yards on eight carries as Chandler coach Shaun Aguano said he just wanted him to get his feet wet before his role expands against Hamilton and throughout the playoffs.

The Wolves might need that production from Lucas as they will be without another one of their big playmakers after senior N’keal Harry left the game with an ankle injury, which Aguano said will keep him out at least a couple of weeks.

“I’m glad we have depth,” Aguano said. “One guy goes down, the next guys steps up. We’re going to be okay.”

Despite the injury to Harry and the small handful of carries from Lucas, Chandler rolled to a 28-6 victory over the Broncos. Quarterback Mason Moran set the tone on the offense’s first drive when he ran right up the middle for a 72-yard touchdown. Moran threw for two more scores and accumulated 330 total yards on the night.

The offense even displayed a little trickery along the way.

On fourth and goal from the 3-yard line, the Wolves ran the Statue of Liberty play, which resulted in Kolby Taylor scoring his second touchdown of the game.

Defensively, Chandler was able to contain Brophy’s senior quarterback Cade Knox all night, limiting him to only 10 completions on 31 attempts and snagging two interceptions along the way, including one at the goal line just before halftime.

The win sends Chandler to 8-1 on the season, as well as silences aside the annual concern of a trap game before facing Hamilton.

“Starting right now, we’ll start thinking about Hamilton,” Moran said.

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