After a close loss to Hamilton last week, Chandler rebounded with an impressive win over Dobson, 42-26, on Thursday night.
Despite missing starting quarterback Darell Garretson (concussion), as well as a top receiver in Javon Williams (ankle), Chandler fired on all cylinders.
Dobson went up 7-0 early on a TJ Thomas carry from the 1-yard line for its first and only lead of the game.
A few drives later, Thomas ran a 45-yard screen pass for a touchdown which would have put Dobson up 14-0, but the play was called back on a holding call. Dobson wound up with a fumbled punt snap that was recovered by Chandler, a huge change in field position that ended up changing the momentum of the game.
“That screen would have put us up 14-0 and would have given us a great shot, so that penalty was huge.” Dobson coach Alex Jacobson said.
Chandler (5-2) tied the game later in the first on Paul Perkins' 1-yard touchdown, and dominated the game from there.
Perkins had 104 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries for the Wolves, who spent most of the night running the ball. Perkins split time in the backfield with Laron Tarkington (109 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 carries). Tarkington also returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to help build a lead.
“Dobson played well, but with Perkins and Tarkington in at tandem running back I knew we would get it done.” Wolves coach Shaun Aguano said.
With Jackson Caldwell in due to Garretson’s concussion injury, Chandler ran the ball most of the night. However, Caldwell did have 45 yards and one touchdown passing, and a 1-yard rushing touchdown.
Dobson quarterback Gabe Martinez had 158 yards passing and a touchdown on 11 completions, but he also had four interceptions, more than enough to keep the Mustangs (3-4) from playing close in the second half.
Thomas controlled the ball most of the night for Dobson; he had 176 yards rushing on 34 carries and three touchdowns on the ground. He also added a 29-yard reception touchdown late in the fourth.
“We can’t turn the ball over like that and beat good teams.” Jacobson said. “Our kids fought pretty hard, but our turnovers, we couldn’t control them. We shot ourselves in the foot, bottom line.”
Chandler went in to halftime ahead 28-14, and after a few quick scores, the game was well under the Wolves' control. That allowed the Wolves an opportunity to get playing time for their reserves, which could play a huge part in their playoff run later on in the season.
“After a tough loss last week, we got to get our other guys in, we have 70 guys and I want 70 guys to play," Aguano said. "They’re part of the team and I was happy about it.”