Chandler Basha was unable to recover from host Chandler High’s explosive second quarter Friday night, which led to a decisive 49-7 victory for Chandler.
Sophomore running back Chase Lucas, who recevied his first collegiate offer Friday night from Arizona State’s Todd Graham, was credited with three of Chandler’s seven touchdowns, all in the second quarter.
Junior quarterback Bryce Perkins also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Daniel Mahan to give Chandler a 35-0 advantage with 1:16 left before halftime.
Chandler Coach Shaun Aguano credited team chemistry for how his team played Friday night.
“The team is bonding,” Aguano said. “We have a special group. It’s exciting for us to see what’s coming.”
Early in the first quarter, Basha was unable to capitalize after a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.
The game remained scoreless until senior wide receiver Mitch McCulley caught Perkins’scoring pass with 3:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Chandler’s defense was able to keep Basha out of the end zone until junior Austin Williams returned a kickoff to the Chandler 12-yard-line.
Williams’ run led to Basha’s sole touchdown, a toss pass from junior wide receiver Doc O’Connor to fellow junior wide receiver Kendall Griffin, who was wide open in the end zone with 32.4 seconds left in the third quarter.
Chandler used its receivers to make up for the fact that it was down a couple of corners, Aguano said.
Despite the changes in the secondary, Chandler’s defense was able to remain dominant throughout the game, intercepting Basha quarterback Zach Werlinger twice.
Basha fell to 4-5 this season and 1-3 in Division I Section I. It will enter week 10 with a three-game losing streak.
Chandler increased its winning streak to five games after its win Friday night, improving its record to 7-2, 3-0.
“The kids are having fun,” Aguano said. “That is the best thing: … to see them smiling.”