Desert Mountain hands Chaparral another heartbreak

Desert Mountain hands Chaparral another heartbreak


Desert Mountain hands Chaparral another heartbreak


After beating Phoenix Sunnyslope 41-9 last week following two defeats that came down to the wire, Scottsdale Chaparral hoped it was through experiencing heartbreak for the season.

Not so.

For the second time in its last three contests, Chaparral lost on the last play, this time failing to cross the goal line as time expired Friday, giving Scottsdale Desert Mountain a 28-21 home victory in a non-divisional matchup.

On fourth and goal at the Desert Mountain 5, Chaparral (1-3) let the clock run down to two seconds. Sophomore quarterback Brad Schencker hit junior receiver Tyler Whiley on a quick slant to the left side at the 1-yard line. Whiley was just a lunge away from the end zone, but he was met by a swarm of Desert Mountain defenders, who pushed him back and brought him to the ground.

“We sent our nose guard into one gap, we sent our linebacker to the other side to look for the slant, and we just played good defense,” Desert Mountain coach Tony Tabor said. “(This is) huge. You want to be the best, you got to beat the best. These guys (Chaparral) are good, and they’re going to be good, and I’m glad we don’t have to play them anymore.”

The two teams were tied 14-14 at halftime, but Chaparral fumbled away the second-half kickoff, giving Desert Mountain (4-0) the ball at the Chaparral 4. Desert Mountain punched it in on the next play on a run by junior running back Adam Cooper.

Desert Mountain scored again but was quickly answered by Chaparral. Trailing 28-21, Chaparral got the ball back and drove 87 yards to set up the final play.

“At some point in time, character-building games no longer fly,” Chaparral coach Dave Huffine said. “We have to understand that there’s a tremendous challenge ahead of us right now. We’re in great positions to win; we’ve just got to find a way to get that extra inch that we need.”


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