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CDO beats PV, will face Chaparral this Friday

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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 8:03 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Canyon Del Oro marched to a semifinal showdown with Scottsdale Chaparral, using the fleet feet of Griffin Ronstadt and Ka’Deem Carey to open a lead, then fending off Paradise Valley 27-20 in 4A-1 playoff action last Friday in Phoenix.

The 11-1 Dorados advance to play 11-1 Scottsdale Chaparral at 3 p.m. this Friday at Phoenix North Canyon High School.

The sixth-seeded Dorados’ ground game shredded the run defense of the #3 Trojans, amassing 359 yards rushing.

Ronstadt, a senior, led the charge, averaging nearly 10 yards a touch, and ending the game with 210 yards on 19 carries. He also scored on a touchdown run from six yards out.

Sophomore Carey, back in the lineup after missing last week’s game against Prescott, made an impressive return, scoring on a 12-yard run and finishing with 129 yards rushing.

Senior kicker Nick Marshall added nine points, kicking 24- and 40-yard field goals, as well as three extra points.

The Dorados defense was effective against the Paradise Valley rush, holding Paradise Valley’s much-hyped running backs, Tyree Parker and Jake Brown, to under 100 yards apiece.

CDO’s passing game made little impact. Quarterback Doug Steele, averaging more than 150 yards passing a game, completed five passes for 48 yards. Steele scored the game’s first points on a 1-yard quarterback sneak in the second quarter.

Paradise Valley’s pass game did little better against a veteran Dorado secondary headed by Josh Robbins and Ryan Retz, gaining 103 yards through the air.

Despite CDO’s dominance on the ground, the game was in question until the last moments, as a late fourth quarter Trojan rally erased much of the Dorados’ 27-7 lead.

Two quick scores by the Trojans brought the game to 27-20 with about three minutes left, but the Dorado defense stiffened, stifling any hopes of a Paradise Valley comeback.

Next up for CDO will be a trip to neutral-site North Canyon to take on the #2-seed Scottsdale Chaparral. The Firebirds boast a record identical to that of the Dorados, 11-1, having lost to #1 Scottsdale Saguaro in mid-October.

One note: the Dorados and Firebirds played three of the same opponents in 2008, Marana, Cienega and Prescott.

The Dorados won all three games by a combined score of 129-62. The Firebirds also won out, managing fewer points, 123, but giving up fewer with 27.

What’s next

• Canyon Del Oro High School, 11-1, will take on Scottsdale Chaparral, 11-1, at 3 p.m. this Friday at Phoenix North Canyon High School

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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