Sean Paul Brophy, Elijah Castro and company were not going to allow No. 4 Chaparral to have a letdown after an emotional comeback win a week ago against Desert Mountain.
Not that any of them would take the credit for the 44-14 win over Division I Red Mountain.
“The offense right now is firing on all cylinders, the offensive line is doing great up front,” Brophy said. “We got mismatches across the field as far as skill positions guys go, we think we match up with any defense in the state.”
Brophy didn’t mention his own performance -- 25-of-33 for 315 yards and six touchdowns, keeping his offense on track all night and making key third-down conversions setting the tone. He engineered the key late first-half drive to ensure Red Mountain didn’t have momentum going into the break.
“It was a lot of fun to come out here, the ability to throw the ball to all these superstar receivers, tight ends, everybody stepped up and made plays,” Brophy said. “I’m just another guy in the chain, everybody else around me is doing their job and the offense moves well.”
Chaparral jumped out early as the Firebirds scored on its first three possessions. But the Lions (1-4) scored 14 straight points to get within 17-14 with 5:43 left in the second.
Then Brophy escaped a near-sack and found Izzy Simpson for a 39-yard gain during a 68-yard drive, capped by a 6-yard TD pass to Trevor Wood over a bunched-in line to give the Firebirds a 23-14 lead at halftime.
Firebirds coach David Huffine had a worry going into Friday night’s visit to Red Mountain. Chaparral had to rally from a 28-0 deficit to beat Desert Mountain 35-28 a week. He didn’t need to worry.
“I was a little bit concerned that maybe we might have a letdown just because of that big win,” Huffine said. “But for the most part I thought our kids did a really nice of coming over here.”
They did, never allowing Red Mountain quarterback Brennen Dobson to get into any rhythm. The Firebirds held the Lions to 36 yards rushing and outside of one big play, didn’t really give up many yards.
Chaparral (4-1) stopped Red Mountain on a three-and-out to start the second half and ended up driving for two scores in the quarter to put the game away.
The lone bright spot was a pretty 63-yard touchdown pass from Dobson to Terrell Tyler that cut the lead to three in the second quarter. The Lions were stifled otherwise.
Meanwhile, Chaparral was having success on the ground as well.
“If it wasn’t for my offensive line and my quarterback, my wide receivers, nothing would be possible,” an equally modest Castro said after gaining 137 yards on 24 carries. “They had the holes open and I just did what I had to do and got my yards. But it all goes to my offensive line and my quarterback.”
Chaparral 44, Red Mountain View 14
First Downs: Chap 19, RM 5
Rushing: Chap 39-172, RM 28-36
Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): Chap 25-33-315-6-0, Mesa 9-19-87-0-2
Fumbles-lost: Chap 2-1, RM 2-0
Penalties-yards: Chap 6-50, RM 5-45
Chaparral 17 6 14 7 -- 44
Red Mtn 0 14 0 0 -- 14
Chap: Packal 35 FG
Chap: Simpson 13 pass from Brophy (Packal kick)
Chap: Whiley 40 pass from Brophy (Packal kick)
RM: Dobson 4 run (Carter kick)
RM: Tyler 63 pass from Dobson (Carter kick)
Chap: Wood 6 pass from Brophy (kick blocked)
Chap: Simpson 17 pass from Brophy (Packal kick)
Chap: Wood 14 pass from Brophy (Packal kick)
Chap: Simpson 5 pass from Brophy (Packal kick)