Chaparral scored on its first four possessions and never looked back in a 48-7 thumping of Boulder Creek on Friday night in Anthem.
The Firebirds (2-0) scored the first 31 points of the game and were never challenged in the rout. Chaparral has posted 101 points in its first two games.
“We knew we were going to get their best shot and we challenged them to come out and get after it,” Chaparral coach Charlie Ragle said. “The ground game was the focus and we felt like we could run the ball against these guys.”
Kyle Brown started the scoring with the first of his two touchdowns on a 4-yard run on the opening possession.
After a shanked punt from the Jaguars kicker, Chaparral took over but didn’t move the ball well and had to settle for a 41-yard Sean Buizer field goal and 10-0 lead.
The defense got involved on the next play when Nick Deregis stepped in front of a Jaguar receiver and was untouched on his 40-yard dash to the end zone and a 17-0 lead.
Brown struck again on a 7-yard run with 1:46 left in the first quarter as the Firebirds built a 24-0 edge on their first four series. He finished with 98 yards and two scores on 19 carries.
“The ground attack was really big today,” Brown said. “The holes were wide open and they couldn’t stop the run. The offensive line works day and night on perfecting what they have to do to prepare, and I give all my success to them.”
Lucas Petrullo got into the act with the first of his two touchdowns when he plowed in from a yard out early in the second quarter to make it 31-0.
Boulder Creek (1-1) got on the board with a 19-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the first half but it did little to stop Chaparral’s high-octane offense.
“We had a lull there for about six or seven minutes in the second quarter and that’s attributed to the start we jumped out on,” Ragle said. “They’re still high school kids.”
After Boulder Creek opened the second half with a three-and-out, Chaparral’s Devonte Neal took a punt back 53 yards for a touchdown and a 38-7 edge. Petrullo rumbled in from 27 yards out and Buizer hit another field goal to close the scoring in the third quarter.
“When you’re good on special teams, that helps,” Ragle said, “and we played field position well tonight.”
Up next, the Firebirds take on Mesa Mountain View.
“We have to fix the mistakes we made out here like fumbles and missed assignments,” Brown said.