Scottsdale Chaparral had a decisive 64-21 win over Tolleson during the first game of the Division II playoffs Friday night
Chaparral offense was able to put 29 points on the board by the end of the first quarter and continued to out-score Tolleson during the second and third.
Senior Tyler Whiley dominated early on, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter. Whiley’s fellow seniors, Elijah Castro and Trevor Wood, along with junior Sean Paul Brophy, contributed to the win according to Chaparral coach David Huffine.
Throughout the game Chaparral’s defense was not as polished as its offensive counterparts. Two holding penalties were charged against them during two consecutive plays.
Tolleson was able to score one touchdown during each of the first three quarters, all scored by senior running back Kenneth Steele.
Both teams were unable to put any points on the board during the fourth, but by the end of the third quarter Chaparral was leading by 43 points.
“Once you get a big lead like that you want to make sure everyone is healthy and you give some of these younger guys a chance to play,” Huffine said. “We were able to accomplish that.”
Tolleson’s playing style differed from the approach adopted by Chaparral.
“They have a difficult offense to really prepare for,” Huffine said. “It is usually stuff you haven’t seen all year. They run the old school wing-T. It was a different type of offense that we had to get ready for.”
Coming into the game Tolleson had lost two games, making this year the team’s first winning season since 2002.
Chaparral is still undefeated at home, and will enter the quarterfinals with a 10-1 record.
“Now we get Marcos de Niza, and you could hear that. (referring to the football team chanting ‘We want Marcos’ after the end of the game),” Huffine said. “Our kids are ready. We are gonna be ready for it, and we are excited about it.”