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Shaun Aguano’s first name isn’t too difficult to remember. Five letters. Nothing uncommon about it.
It may have been more tense than expected, but offensive coordinator Shaun Aguano was chosen as the new Chandler football coach on Thursday.
Chandler coach Shaun Aguano, Oct 25, 2013 at Chandler. (Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Chandler head coach Shaun Aguano talks with quarterback Darell Garretson during a time out of their playoff football game against Brophy at Phoenix College on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.[Ralph Freso/Special to Tribune]
Chandler head coach Shaun Aguano, left, is congratulated by assistant coach Garretson after a touchdown against Brophy during the second quarter of their playoff football game at Phoenix College on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. [Ralph Freso/Special to Tribune]
Chandler coach Shaun Aguano congratulates Chase Lucas after a touchdown against St. John Bosco on Sept. 14, 2013.
Chandler coach Shaun Aguano watches game action against Hamilton in the first half at Hamilton High School, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Chandler. [Paul Connors/Special to Tribune]
Chandler coach Shaun Aguano watches from the sidelines as his team takes on Basha, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Chandler high school. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Chandler coach Shaun Aguano looks on at his team from the sideline while taking on Basha, Thursday, September 15, 2011 in Chandler. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Former St. Mary’s standout LaRon Tarkington will be eligible to play for Chandler this season after the Arizona Interscholastic Association accepted his financial hardship appeal, Wolves coach Shaun Aguano said.
Chandler Head Coach Shaun Aguano and Desert Vista Head Coach Dan Hinds speak with officials about another unsportsmanlike conduct foul during the football game between Chandler and Desert Vista at Chandler on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
Chandler Head Coach Shaun Aguano and Desert Vista Head Coach Dan Hinds shake hands after the football game between Chandler and Desert Vista at Chandler on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
Chandler coach Shaun Aguano originally thought promising sophomore running back Chase Lucas wouldn't play varsity until he was a junior.
The talented sophomore was not expected to make this big of an impact early on, but injuries forced coach Shaun Aguano’s hand and Lucas has excelled once given the opportunity. He burst onto the scene in a season-opening win over Peoria Centennial and has totaled 49 carries for 301 yards and five touchdowns as well as 17 receptions for a team-best 242 yards and three touchdowns. The Wolves have talented skill guys across the board, but it’s mighty impressive that this young sophomore may be the most dangerous of them all.
Honorable mention: Finton Connolly, OL/DL, Campo Verde; Turrell Pietz-Noble, RB, Mesa; Doc O’Connor, WR, Basha; Tyler Bloom, QB, Higley; Brandon Hatfield, WR, Poston Butte.
Chandler has the look of a football team destined to make a deep run in the Division I postseason.
As the clock wound down in the first quarter, there was excitement in the air at Kofa High. The Kings trailed the Chandler Wolves -- one of the top teams in the state -- just 14-0.
Athletes ahoy. Both schools have been in the “elite” class recently, whether for long periods of time as Centennial (Division II) has dating back to its 5A Division II days, or off-and-on in the case of Chandler. Both teams certainly could play the part again in 2013, because both teams are well-stocked in speed, talent and something to prove. Centennial was crushed by Tucson Ironwood Ridge in last year’s state championship game, while the Wolves have revamped their defensive style to a degree under Thurmond Moore, while Shaun Aguano’s team is loaded at the skill positions with Bryce Perkins, Dionte Sykes, Chase Lucas and Mitch McCulley. The Coyotes, meanwhile, are trying to plug in a lot of new pieces defensively, and, with or without Sykes this week while waiting for medical clearance to return from a broken hand, will have a tough task. So, too, will Chandler’s defense in handling Centennial’s running game, the kind of thing that’s caused problems for the Wolves for four quarters in recent history. It’s a juggernaut of an opener for both schools, and a shootout isn’t far-fetched.
Prediction: Centennial 27, Chandler 24
-- Mark Heller
On the infamous list of spouted coaching cliches, “It’s just another game” ranks near the top.
Based on the theory that lessons are best learned in a loss, Chandler was chock-full of proverbial "classroom" time this week.
Based on the theory that lessons are best learned in a loss, Chandler was chock-full of proverbial “classroom” time this week.
Third-ranked Chandler struck early and often on its way to a 56-10 win over visiting Perry in a Division I, Section I football game Friday.
Perhaps the so-called “little things” are aligned.
Good times abound on Arizona Ave. these days, north and south of the Loop 202.