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Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 11:59 pm | Updated: 3:39 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Chandler got its star playmaker back from injury Friday night - just in time for homecoming at Austin Field.

Quarterback Brett Hundley, who sat out last week's loss to Desert Vista with an ankle sprain, returned to face 5A-I nonregion foe Mountain View and single-handedly waxed the Toros, running for three touchdowns and throwing for two more in the Wolves' 42-14 victory.

Friday's opening kickoff couldn't have come soon enough for the UCLA-bound Hundley.

“I hate being off the field one game,” said Hundley, who wore support braces on both ankles. “It gets me so mad. I was so ready for this game.”

Hundley hurt his right ankle in Chandler's 28-22 win over Red Mountain on Oct. 15.

After sputtering last week against Desert Vista, Chandler's offense kicked into gear with Hundley behind center against Mountain View, scoring on its first two possessions (Hundley TD passes to Javon Williams and Lloyd Mills) en route to building a 28-7 lead at the half. Chandler's other two first-half scores were TD runs of 23 and 31 yards by Hundley.

“Brett drives us – there's just no ifs, ands or buts about it,” Chandler coach Jim Ewan said. “He's our offense, and we've got enough of our guys contributing, which is really good, but he's got to be six of the cylinders of the V-8 we have.”

And did we mention that Hundley was crowned homecoming king at halftime?

Hundley, who played at about “80-85 percent,” according to Ewan, racked up 160 yards rushing on 20 carries and threw for 150 yards on 12-of-20 passing. Hundley said his ankle held up under game conditions. “It's not bad … gotta play through it,” he said.

Ewan was pleased to see more than just the passing game clicking. The Wolves amassed 273 yards on the ground, including 83 from Aaron Mayo, who had a 33-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

“We finally showed we can move the ball on the ground just a little bit with some consistency,” Ewan said.

The defense also played its part, intercepting four passes from Toros quarterback Jeremy Boatright, including a pair by Jemel Vargas.

The win helps Chandler (6-3) climb higher in the power-point rankings and pretty much assures the Wolves a spot in the postseason heading into next Friday's season finale against Phoenix Trevor Browne.

“We're in the playoffs, so now we have a chance,” Ewan said.

The loss drops Mountain View (5-4) down the power-points ladder and left Toros coach Tom Joseph in a foul mood after the game. Joseph wouldn't stop to answer a reporter's questions following the defeat.

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