Chandler used its potent air attack to throttle visiting Dobson 44-12 in a Division I game Friday night at Austin Field.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak and improved the seventh-ranked Wolves to 5-2 on the year.
“(It feels good) getting out of that losing column, getting out of that losing streak,” Chandler coach Shaun Aguano said.
Wolves quarterback Darell Garretson had an easy time finding his receivers, completing 25 of 35 passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns. The Mustangs (1-6) intercepted Garretson once.
“We just knew we were going to come out and toss the ball around,” Garretson said.
Garretson's favorite target was Mitch McCulley, who caught seven passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’ve been working out together since he was in eighth grade and I was in seventh, so we have a really good connection,” Garretson said. “Just coming out here on Friday nights is just showing all the hard work we went through in the offseason.”
The passing game was aided by a solid running game led by Kabian Evans and Myles Smith. Evans ran for 74 yards and one touchdown on nine carries while Smith had 61 rushing yards and one touchdown on seven carries.
“We probably should have ran the ball a bit more,” Garretson said. “You’ve got to keep feeding the beast.”
Chandler did have to overcome some mental lapses late in the first half when the team appeared to shift into cruise control after building a commanding 23-0 lead.
The defense allowed Dobson to close the gap to 30-12 at halftime, and the offense looked disorganized on its final drive of the second quarter.
“When I got in at halftime, I wasn’t real pleased,” Aguano said. “I let them know, too, that it wasn’t acceptable for us to have that stall and lull.
“I told them they better not let any points get on the board, and they didn’t.”
On the other side, Dobson got some momentum going with that late first-half surge and then again when it began running the ball well in the third quarter.
“Each quarter had a couple of series where our running backs broke a couple ... and you got to break a couple to keep them honest and honor the pass,” Dobson coach George De La Torre said. “It’s just like a guessing game. We do one to complement the other one and the other one to complement the pass.”
However, the Mustangs couldn’t sustain the push and failed to capitalize on some Chandler mistakes. After Dobson drove down to the Chandler 5-yard line following an interception, quarterback Gabe Martinez threw a pick of his own to end the drive.
It turned into a 14-point swing, as instead of Dobson cutting the lead to 30-19, Chandler drove the length of the field to score a touchdown and make it 37-12.
Chandler 44, Dobson 12
C – Smith 30 run (Knudson kick)
C – Sykes 5 pass from Garretson (kick failed)
C – Knudson 20 FG
C – McCulley 3 pass from Garretson (Knudson kick)
D – Smithers 19 pass from Martinez (run failed)
C – Burton 3 run (Knudson kick)
D – Kastilahn 63 pass from Bright (pass failed)
C – McCulley 26 pass from Garretson (Knudson kick)
C – Evans 20 run (Knudson kick)
First downs 11 21
Rush-yds 27-106 31-195
Pass yds 188 418
Comp-Att-Int 20-36-1 25-35-1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties-yds 6-45 8-100