In only his second career start at quarterback, senior Chandler Fox completed 7 of 13 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns to lead Chaparral to its fourth straight win and a 49-0 shutout victory over Arcadia on Friday night.
Fox, who started last week in a convincing 42-0 win over Notre Dame, threw for all three of his touchdowns against Arcadia in the first half.
"This was a great win for us, a big time win," Fox said. "Next week, we are going to continue to work hard just like we do every week and come out and show how we can play."
The senior backup took the place of junior regular Sean Paul Brophy, who was out with a back injury and isn't expected to play next week when the Firebirds take on Brophy.
"We got it diagnosed, we feel like we have a handle on it. He's getting a lot of treatment on it and right now, I don't know if he's going to be able to play next week," Chaparral coach Dave Huffine said. "It's one of those things where the doctors are saying, 'Hey, we're going to wait and each and every week we are going to evaluate him and find out where he's at and see what the status is.'"
The Firebirds didn't miss him too much, putting up 391 yards of total offense against Arcadia (4-3) and scoring three times in their first three possessions, the first of which came on a 21-yard touchdown run by senior Elijah Castro only 1:55 into the game.
Castro finished with 84 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Just 1:07 later, the Chaparral defense forced a fumble and Fox found senior wideout Israel Simpson on a 42-yard touchdown throw to quickly go up 14-0.
"They did a good job of jumping on them early," Huffine said of his kids.
Chaparral took a 21-0 lead on its next possession when Fox found senior tight end Trevor Wood on a 3-yard lob pass in the back corner of the end zone. Ever since the 56-45 loss to Marcos de Niza in week two, Wood felt his Firebirds have "definitely stepped it up."
"We've been taking it more series and there's no more goofing around. We know it's go time and from here on out, we have to play our game," Wood said. "Tonight we came out, and didn't let up. We're just playing our game and doing what we believe in."
In the second quarter, the Firebirds turned up the heat on defense, forcing two turnovers, both of which went for scores.
Senior defensive back Tyler Whiley picked off senior Titans quarterback Peter Campbell and ran it back 25 yards for a touchdown with 9:02 remaining in the first half.
On the ensuing possession for Arcadia, sophomore Kurt Shughart would intercept Campbell again, this time returning it 41 yards for the score to give Chaparral a 49-0 lead with 6:22 to play in the first half.
Chaparral (6-1) has outscored its opponents 163-38 during its four-game winning streak and are currently rated No. 3 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association's power point poll for Division II.
"I think we're playing our best football. One of the things that was good about our schedule early on was we almost played a playoff-type atmosphere our first four games," Huffine said. "... I feel as if we've weathered the first half of the season and it was a good test for us."
Chaparral 49, Arcadia 0
First Downs: Chaparral 16, Arcadia 4
Rushing: Chaparral 29-213, Arcadia 24-35
Passing (comp.-att.-yards-TD-INT): Chaparral 10-16-178-3-0, Arcadia 10-18-68-0-2
Fumbles-lost: Chaparral 1-0, Arcadia 1-1
Penalties: Chaparral 5-40, Arcadia 2-10
Chaparral 21 28 0 0 — 49
Arcadia 0 0 0 0 — 0
CH: Castro 21 run (Packal kick)
CH: Simpson 41 pass from Fox (Packal kick)
CH: Wood 3 pass from Fox (Packal kick)
CH: Castro 1 run (Packal kick)
CH: Whiley 42 pass from Fox (Packal kick)
CH: Whiley 25 INT return (Packal kick)
CH: Shughart 41 INT return (Packal kick)