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Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2010 3:45 pm | Updated: 3:51 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

5A-II CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

No. 1 Chaparral vs. No. 3 Centennial

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

TV/Radio/Internet: Fox Sports Arizona/KDUS (1060 AM)/aia365.com

Records: Chaparral 13-0; Centennial 12-1

Last meeting: Centennial 30, Chaparral 0 (2004 Playoffs)

Tickets: $10 for adults, $6 for students and younger (with I.D.), Free for kids ages 5 and under

FIREBIRDS AT A GLANCE

Chaparral offense

WR — Davonte Neal

LT — Andre Yruretagoyena

LG — Nick Plimpton

C — Wade Wright

RG — Carter Wood

RT — Wes Schweitzer

WR — Alex Holmes

QB — Connor Brewer

RB — Lucas Petrullo

RB — Zach Skeen

WR — Jordie Hein

Chaparral defense

DE — Sean Kamela

DT — Pete Greene

DE — Justin Jackson

LB — Kyle Combs

LB — Hunter Gregg

LB — Cody Ippolito

LB — Nick DeRegis

CB — Davonte Neal

SS — Colby Targun

FS — Colton Bishop

CB — Kevin Day

Chaparral special teams

K — Sean Buizer

P — Alex Holmes

KR — Davonte Neal/Kyle Brown

PR — Davonte Neal

Chaparral season stats

Name                     Comp   Att    Yds    TD    INT

Connor Brewer        139     203   2,558   36      5

Name                  Att      Yds     Avg    TD

Lucas Petrullo     137    1,079    7.9     19

Zach Skeen         79       536      6.8      5

Davonte Neal      50       522     10.4    11

Name                   Rec   Yds    Avg    TD

Davonte Neal       34     869     25.6    11

Alex Holmes         35     679     19.4    10

Jordie Hein           30     521     17.4    10

COYOTES AT A GLANCE

Centennial offense

WR — Gary Ross

LT — Wilson January

LG — Tyler Brown

C — Jake Abbot

RG — Paul Ray

RT — Hunter Finn

QB — Justin Sanchez

RB — Vegas Johnson

RB — Zach Hoffpauir

WR — Julien Singleton

WR — Bryce Pierson

Centennial defense

DE — Jake Abbot

DT — John Finocchi

DT — Denzel Daniel-Jones

DE — Walter Nunley

LB — Jebron Harrington

LB — Wes Westbrook

LB — Tevin Ray

CB — Gary Ross

SS — Jesse Callahan

FS — Zach Hoffpauir

CB — Julien Singleton

Centennial special teams

K — Alex Kammeyer

P — Hayden Savacki

KR — Jalen Ortiz

PR — Gary Ross

Centennial season stats

Name                    Comp    Att    Yds   TD   INT

Justin Sanchez        78       114  1,221   12    5

Troy Hawthorne       36        69     648     9     2

Name                 Att     Yds     Avg    TD

Vegas Johnson  150   1,134     7.6      17

Jalen Ortiz           73      824     11.3     11

Justin Sanchez     42     227      5.4      1

Name                    Rec    Yds    Avg    TD

Gary Ross              31      670    21.6     8

Zach Hoffpauir       25      372     14.9     5

Julien Singleton      21     359     17.1     3

Three things to watch

Davonte Neal: Jalen Ortiz, Gary Ross and Vegas Johnson are electric in their own right for Centennial, but Chaparral’s junior wide receiver/cornerback/kick returner is the most exciting player in the state. Neal has the capacity to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball. If Centennial can keep Neal corraled, its chance to win this game improves immensely.

Centennial’s balance: Chaparral’s defense is so good that a one-dimensional attack has little chance of working against it. However, the Coyotes can effectively run and throw the ball. This should cause the Firebirds to play honest defensively, and Centennial must take advantage. Vegas Johnson and Jalen Ortiz need to get the running game going early, which will open up the passing game.

Chaparral’s running game: Chaparral doesn’t have a standout running back, but the offensive line has shown the ability to create big enough holes for anyone with the ball. Centennial isn’t as talented on the defensive line as in the past, but has still shut down some decent running backs. Chaparral will have its success through the air, but Centennial can’t let the Firebirds get consistent yardage on the ground.

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