Chandler Seton Catholic’s pass-heavy spread offense is among the most dangerous in the state.
On Friday at Mesa Community College, though, Queen Creek was the team that couldn’t be stopped.
With the Bulldogs operating out of multiple sets, Adam Brzeczek threw for 165 yards and a career-high four touchdowns while Chim Nga ran for 185 yards and two scores in a convincing 47-28 victory over the Sentinels.
Queen Creek (5-2), in its first year in 4A Division I, clicked in all phases of the game in defeating its former 4A-II East Sky Region rival.
The Bulldogs scored on big plays, methodical drives and quick strikes. They got points from their defense, points off turnovers and were 3-of-3 on fourth-down attempts.
“It was a fun night all around,” said Brzeczek, who completed 14 of 20 passes and rushed for 71 yards.
The most important of those yards came early in the second quarter when Brzeczek — also the team’s punter — ran for 7 yards on a fake punt on fourth-and-6 from the Bulldogs’ 20. Fourteen plays later he found Kendal Augustin in the end zone with an 8-yard pass that put Queen Creek ahead 21-7 with 2:45 left before halftime. The Bulldogs led by double digits the rest of the night.
“That was just me reading the defense,” Brzeczek said. “Our guy went in motion, and their guy followed him all the way across. I just saw open field and I took it.”
Added coach Curt LeBlanc “It’s nice when you have an athlete who can make those kinds of plays. It makes guys like me look better than we probably should.”
Six seconds later Brzeczek and Augustin hooked up again on a 9-yard scoring strike — the second of three TDs by the duo — and Queen Creek took a 27-7 advantage into the half. Dylon Shipley’s recovery after Seton (2-5) fumbled on a reverse attempt during its kickoff return set up the touchdown.
Nga got the Bulldogs on the board with a 65-yard run in the first quarter and he also scored on a 78-yard run in the fourth.
Linebacker James Way scored on a 65-yard fumble recovery after he stripped running back Kyle Johnson in the third, and Todd Kirchner got in on the big-play fun in the first when he caught a short pass from Brzeczek and then outraced Seton’s defense for a 52-yard score.
Sentinels quarterback Justin Sieczkowski threw for 353 yards — his third 350-yard passing game this year — and three touchdowns, but 265 of those came in the second half, after the outcome was no longer in doubt.
Johnson, playing with a thick cast on his left hand and forearm (broken finger), rushed for 119 yards on 19 carries, and receiver Trevor Gleisner had eight catches for 115 yards and a score.
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On first-and-25, Queen Creek scores on a 65-yard un by Chim Nga with 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter. 7-0 Queen Creek.
Seton Catholic ties the score at 7 on a 28-yard TD pass from Justin Sieczkowski to Trevor Gleisner with 8:04 left in the first quarter.
Queen Creek now leads Seton Catholic 27-7 after scoring two touchdowns in a span of six seconds, both on short passes from Adam Brzeczek to Kendal Augustin (an 8-yard score and a 9-yarder). Queen Creek's second TD came after Seton fumbled the kickoff.
Queen Creek's James Way strips the ball from Seton's Kyle Johnson and runs 65 yards to give the Bulldogs a 33-7 lead with 11:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Queen Creek scores on a 15-yard pass from Adam Brzeczek to Todd Kirchner with 2:01 left in the third quarter, extending the Bulldogs' lead to 40-7 lead over Seton Catholic.
Seton scores on a 23-yard pass from Justin Sieczkowski to Ethan Springston with 4:15 left in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 40-14.
Seton responds to a Queen Creek touchdown with one of it own, scoring on a 16-yard pass from Justin Sieczkowski to Andrew Gillespie with 3:58 left in the game. Queen Creek 47, Seton 21.
Seton Catholic scores on a 2-yard run by Michael Amorosi with 12 seconds remaining, but it's too little, too late for the Sentinels. Queen Creek wins 47-28.
Queen Creek (4-2, 1-0) at Seton Catholic (2-4, 1-3)
Time: 7 p.m.
Address: 1833 West Southern, Mesa (Mesa Community College)
Key matchup: The play of the quarterbacks will likely decide this one. Queen Creek’s Adam Brzeczek and Seton’s Justin Sieczkowski are both the focal points of their respective teams. If one has an off night, their team will struggle.
Key stat: Sieczkowski has three games this season in which he has thrown for more than 300 yards and the Sentinels are 1-2 in those games. Sieczkowski and the Sentinels are averaging 36 points per game when he plays, while the Bulldogs have scored that many points just once this season.
The intrigue: Since this is a nonregion game and Queen Creek finishes the regular season with games against Apache Junction, Cactus Shadows and Saguaro, the Bulldogs will need to get their offense clicking so they can hit the heart of their region schedule feeling good.