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Chandler High's basketball court floor will be dedicated to Joe Partain before the Wolves' Jan. 3 boys basketball game against Mesa.
Beat Brophy? Many have a chance.
The chill of winter means basketball is already underway with a plethora of early-season games and tournaments, and yet the question remains:
Hamilton coach Steve Belles took the playoff mantra "win or go home" and applied it to one play Monday night.
Good times abound on Arizona Ave. these days, north and south of the Loop 202.
Perhaps this is going to outdate thyself. It’s easy to live in the past and remember the olden days.
A powerful, physical running game.
The comparisons to former Chandler standout Brett Hundley began long before Perkins ever took a varsity snap under center, and they’re not stopping now. Whether he compares or not is a matter of opinion, but there’s little argument he’s a dynamic two-way threat who led Chandler to uncharted waters, namely the way he led the Wolves down field in the final minutes to give the Wolves their first win over Hamilton. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 2,244 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions, plus 808 yards rushing and 18 more touchdowns on the ground. The talent, mental makeup and potential were all on display.
Chandler could do no wrong in the first half Friday night.
These matchups are inevitable. Whether sooner or later, a second helping is almost always required for a football team to play on.
Behind a complete effort, No. 2 Chandler dominated No. 15 Skyline 55-16 Friday night to advance to the second round of the Division I playoffs, where a rematch against Basha awaits.
Not many things went right for the Wolves, even in victory against Highland on Friday night. Chandler turned the ball over and struggled in the red zone as much as any other game this season. Still, the defense hung on to keep the Wolves the No. 2 playoff seed, where a matchup with upstart-Skyline awaits. If the Wolves advance, it'll be either Horizon or Basha in the quarterfinals. Pity the defenses if that happens.
For the second week in a row, Highland fell to a top Division I team by a touchdown. The No. 7-seeded Hawks (based on power rankings) fell to No. 2-seeded Chandler, 21-14, in the regular season finale for both teams.
Chandler at Highland: Highland coach Pete Wahlheim was pretty emotional after beating Basha two weeks ago on a last-second field goal. Highland gave Hamilton everything it could handle last week in a close loss, and if his Hawks can knock off Chandler this week, Gilbert might make Nov. 1 as Pete Wahlheim Day. OK, maybe not, but the Wolves aren’t about to dismiss Highland based on what Highland has done against the other Chandler schools this season, let alone a 5-1 record the past six weeks. However, the Wolves are playing about as well as anyone in the state the past four weeks, and the offense has so many dangerous parts, even a defense as good as Highland is going to have trouble keeping up. The Hawks have shown they’re capable of putting up some points, even if the numbers are never glamorous. They’re unquestionably going to have to score touchdowns, but the Hawks also can’t get in any kind of a shootout. It’s a thorny juxtaposition, as Chandler looks to enter the postseason as a No. 2 seed on a roll.
Prediction: Chandler 35, Highland 24
In today’s age, it doesn’t take long for once-proud football programs to fall quickly from relevance.
Chandler's Quarterback gets a pass off against Basha defenders Jason Tamarkin and Jake Carlin in their contest against Basha, Friday, October 25, 2013 in Chandler. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Chandler quarterback Bryce Perkins gets a pass off against Basha defenders Jason Tamarkin and Jake Carlin in their contest, October 25, 2013.
Chandler's football teach readies itself before taking on the visiting Basha Bears, Friday, October 25, 2013 in Chandler. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Basha watch their team take on the hometeam Chandler Wolves, Friday, October 25, 2013 at Chandler. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Chandler's Cameron Woods charges past Basha defenders Brock Heffron and Christian Mederos while taking on Basha, Friday, October 25, 2013 in Chandler. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Chandler's highly rated football team prepares to take the field agains the visiting Basha Bears, Friday, October 25, 2013 in Chandler. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Chandler's Johnny Bernal fights traffic as the Wolfs took on the Basha Bears, Friday, October 25, 2013 in Chandler. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Chandler's Mason Moran is tackled by Bash's Jake Carlin in fourth quarter action, Friday, October 25, 2013 in Chandler. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Basha's Quarterback Jake Suddreth hands off to senior running back Rajhan Meriwether in second half action against Chandler, Friday, October 25, 2013 at Chandler. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Basha's Cody Conrad brings down the Chandler ball carrier in first half action against the home team Chandler Wolves, Friday, October 25, 2013 at Chandler. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]