These two teams stayed in the top 3 in the rankings all year and a great game was expected but what had the makings of a great game turned into quite the opposite.
Chaparral came out and their defense forced a 3 and out. The offense went down the field and scored first on a Tyler Whiley run to go up 6-0.
But those points would be the only ones they would muster in the first half as Salpointe rattled off 26 unanswered in the 1st half.
Andrew Cota hit Kaelin Deboskie for the Lancers' first score. The drive was kept alive by two Chaparral penalties on 3rd down that gave Salpointe 1st downs. Tied at 6.
Salpointe forced a punt but the snap went over the punters head. Salpointe recovered and scored one play later on another Cota to Deboskie pass. 12-6.
Chaparral would then fumble the ball away on their next drive. DE Austin Weaver ran it back to the 1. Again, one play later and Salpointe was in the endzone. Jay Williams punched it in to make the lead 19-6.
Chaparral gained some life. Salpointe snapped the ball over the punters head and Chaparral tackled the ball carrier at the 1. 1st and goal from the 1 yard line.
But two runs were stuffed, pass was incomplete on 3rd down and Chaparral's run on 4th down was stuffed again.
Salpointe's Denson then broke Chaparral's back, catching a pass from Cota and running 98 yards for the score. 26-6 at the half.
Chaparral marched the field and scored on an Elijah Castro TD run to start the half and cut the lead to 26-13.
But Denson struck again, he returned the kickoff for a score and took the wind out of the Firebirds' sails. 32-13.
Chaparral never recovered. Cota hit Denson for another score. Salpointe scored off a botched punt attempt. Big Jacob Ksiazek rumbled in for the score. 46-13.
Sean Paul Brophy hit Israel Simpson in the 4th quarter for a score.
Final Salpointe 46 Chaparral 20
Give credit where credit is due, Salpointe is very, very good. Chaparral made way too many mistakes to have a chance in this one.
Salpointe's defense was great, Deboskie was great but the game ball goes to Cameron Denson. He had 3 TDs but the timing of the TDs took any momentum Chaparral gained.
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