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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 9:29 pm | Updated: 12:04 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

There’s no confusion any more at the top of the Scottsdale Chaparral football program.

This is Charlie Ragle’s team now.

Sure, he took over at Chaparral more than a year ago, but a part of him understood the resistance to change put up by some of the seniors.

Under former coach Ron Estabrook, the Firebirds won three titles earlier this decade. The year before he left, the team made the 4A-I semifinals.

“Change is always going to be hard,” Ragle said. “We did things a lot differently. We conditioned a lot more. Our weight program was different. Physically, we demanded more of them.

“Some of them questioned it. ‘We’ve won all these games, we’ve done all these things. Why do we have to make these changes?’ ”

The results were still good, a 10-3 season, losing by six points to eventual champion Scottsdale Saguaro in the 4A-I semifinals.

But the goal at the school every year is a title, and throughout the summer Ragle said this group has bought in.

“These guys have worked harder than anybody I’ve ever been around,” he said. “If you don’t, you’re going to get called out. This isn’t a gravy train. We want difference-makers.”

It doesn’t hurt returning nine starters on the defensive side of the ball, including defensive end Craig Roh, who had 15 1/2 sacks last season. Chaparral has also added transfers Tyler Ermisch (Glendale Sandra Day O’Connor) and Taylor Lewan (Cave Creek Cactus Shadows).

On offense, quarterback Spencer Stone is back, and so is tight end Tyler Williams. The rest of the group is talented but short on experience.

The pieces to the puzzle are there. But Ragle said looking at the big picture was a problem last season.

This year, it’s one piece connected at a time.

“(State title expectations) are going to be there as long as you’re at this school,” Ragle said. “We’ve got to get past that hurdle. It’s not our goal. It’s not our focus. We get as good as we possibly can be, and the games will take care of themselves.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 Jordie Hein RB 5-9 165 So.
2 Dwayne Garrett RB 6-0 185 Jr.
4 Tommy Tyma WR 5-9 175 Sr.
5 Eric Shaw DB 6-0 170 Sr.
6 Tyler Williams TE 6-2 230 Sr.
7 Corey Shano DB 5-8 165 Sr.
9 Alex Van Drunen DB 5-9 165 Jr.
10 Morgan Abraham DB 5-9 170 Jr.
11 Sean Todd LB 6-0 195 Sr.
12 Colby Targun DB 5-10 170 So.
13 Spencer Stone QB 6-0 180 Sr.
14 Alex Holmes QB 5-11 170 So.
16 Rob Mougey WR 5-11 180 Jr.
17 Cole Tyree RB 5-9 160 Jr.
21 Alex Lawson WR 6-1 175 Sr.
22 Chandler Frame LB 5-10 185 Sr.
24 Cord Claffey DB 6-1 175 Sr.
25 Brandon Hein DB 5-11 175 Sr.
28 Brandon Martin WR 6-4 205 Sr.
29 Blake Speikerman LB 5-11 180 Jr.
30 Scott Rivoir DB 6-0 175 Sr.
32 Dayne Kamela RB 5-9 200 Jr.
33 Josh Isbell RB 5-11 175 Sr.
34 Ryan Holmes LB 6-1 230 Sr.
35 Tyler Ermisch LB 6-2 240 Jr.
37 Michael Cain DB 5-9 180 Sr.
42 Chris Arnold RB 6-0 210 Jr.
44 Tommy Russell LB 5-11 230 Sr.
46 Joe Zurek DB 5-11 190 Jr.
47 Jakob Snyder LB 5-10 180 Sr.
48 Grant Julien LB 6-0 195 Jr.
50 Trace Carroll OL 5-10 205 Sr.
51 Jordan Quinn LB 6-0 205 Jr.
52 Zack Mills LB 5-11 190 Jr.
53 Mike Basham DL 5-10 210 Sr.
54 Ethan Lewis OL/DL 6-3 245 Sr.
55 Victor McBride LB/P 6-0 185 Jr.
57 Kendall Day LB 6-0 190 Sr.
58 Jake Meyer LB 5-11 195 Jr.
59 Mac Phelps LB 5-10 180 Jr.
60 Denver Miller DL 6-0 205 Jr.
61 Peter Niggemann OL 6-2 280 Sr.
63 Xavier McDonald DL 6-0 210 Jr.
64 Chris Martin LB 5-10 170 Jr.
65 Nick Streich OL 6-1 265 Sr.
66 Jacob Ehm OL 6-4 230 Jr.
67 Chase Gorham LS 6-1 210 Jr.
68 Brendan Clasby DL 5-9 175 Sr.
70 L.G. Robinson DL 6-1 210 Sr.
71 Mark Wilson OL 6-4 210 Jr.
73 Andrew Gustafson DL 6-5 240 Jr.
74 Andre Yruretagoyena OL 6-4 240 So.
75 Bobby Santoro DL 5-9 235 Jr.
77 Taylor Lewan OL/DL 6-7 275 Sr.
78 Jono Rahav OL 6-0 250 Jr.
79 Nate Stowe DL/OL 6-8 330 Sr.
80 Brett Norris WR 5-11 160 Sr.
82 Scott Townsend DL 6-2 190 Jr.
85 Drew Finsterwald DL 6-3 215 Jr.
86 Eric Miller WR 6-0 175 Sr.
87 Chris Fox OL/DL 6-3 225 Jr.
88 Craig Roh DL/TE 6-5 240 Sr.
92 Derek Nsubuga DL 5-11 265 Sr.
99 Ben Damari K 6-2 200 Jr.
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