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Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:10 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Without the services of Ka'Deem Carey, Canyon Del Oro turned to the feet of quarterback Jason McBrayer in beating Queen Creek 24-7 last Thursday night.

McBrayer ran 22 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 4-0 Dorados.

"Jason made some great plays with his legs," said Coach Dustin Peace.

Peace and the CDO staff had decided to hold out Carey, nursing ankle and hand injuries, for at least one game. "We decided earlier in the week (not to play him)," Peace said. "We'll make a decision next week." CDO hosts Nogales this Friday.

"We knew he wasn't going to play," McBrayer said. "He wants to be 100 percent for Scottsdale Saguaro" the first weekend in October. Saguaro is 3-0, scoring over 50 points a game and ranked eighth in Arizona.

Queen Creek wasn't too shabby, either. The Bulldogs battled the Dorados to a 7-7 halftime tie.

On the opening series, McBrayer faked a handoff, then cut back to the left and went 40 yards downfield. With the conversion by Tilghman Harvey, it was quickly 7-0.

On its next series, Quentin Kime had a couple of 10-yard runs. After a 7-yard gain by Eddie Smith, the Dorados were faced with a third-and-three at the Bulldogs 6-yard line. Smith ran for five and a first down to the 1. A false start pushed CDO to the 6, then Smith fumbled and lost the ball.

Queen Creek took the momentum and marched 98 yards down the field to tie the score on a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Adam Brzeczek to Jeff Black.

"They put up a good fight tonight," Peace said of Queen Creek. "They're a quality opponent."

An effective passing game by the Bulldogs challenged CDO early. Brzeczek completed seven of nine passes for 91 yards in the first half, while Black caught four for 63 yards.

Defensively, the Dorados took charge in the second half. Brzeczek was constantly harassed in the second half, completing three more passes, and Black was shut out in the final two quarters.

The Dorados took the lead for good on their opening drive of the third quarter.

McBrayer had runs of 12, 28 and four yards, as the Dorados got down to the 10-yard line. Again, they could not get into the end zone, and Harvey kicked a 27-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead.

"We came back in the second half," Peace said. "Not as explosive as usual."

The Dorados went 73 yards on their first possession of the fourth quarter to take a 17-7 lead. An 18-yard pass from McBrayer to Blake Martinez put the ball on the Bulldogs three-yard line. Peace called a time out. McBrayer told the team there was room to move on the left, and on the next play, McBrayer swept left and scored the game-clinching touchdown.

When Queen Creek got the ball back, the Dorados defense overpowered its offensive line.

Carson Martin and Bobby Henkel each recorded sacks. One Dorado hit Brzeczek so hard his helmet came off. The Bulldogs were forced to turn the ball over on downs inside their own 10-yard line.

Kime finished with eight carries for 59 yards, while Smith was 19 for 46. McBrayer completed two of seven passes for 23 yards.

"Having Ka'Deem helps the run and the pass," McBrayer said. "The defense reads Ka'Deem. The passes are better over the top."

McBrayer also pointed out that teams were still putting eight men in the box, even without Carey.

"We need to throw the ball," Peace said.

Ironwood drops a tight one

Cienega 31, Ironwood Ridge 28

The Nighthawks (2-2) showed once again that they can compete with the top teams, losing at #6 Cienega last Thursday, 31-28.

In pursuit of the game-winning score, the Nighthawks drove down to the Bobcats 4-yard line with less than two minutes to play. A fourth-down pass went incomplete in the end zone.

Tyler D'Amore completed 22 of 31 passes for 256 and a touchdown, the most passing yards in Southern Arizona last week. Mitch Fischer gained 93 yards rushing with two touchdowns.

Austin Ballard caught eight balls for 132 yards. For the season, D'Amore has completed 71 percent of his throws for 814 yards and six touchdowns. He's also second in Southern Arizona in total passing yards.

Fischer has 445 yards rushing and is averaging 8.7 yards a carry. He's also scored a team-high eight touchdowns.

The Nighthawks travel to Salpointe Catholic on Friday night.

Sabino 48, Mountain View 14

The Mountain Lions are 1-3, with all three losses to highly ranked teams.

"We have a tough schedule," said coach Justin Argraves. "They're (players) not intimidated."

Last week's game was scoreless late in the first half. Cris Thorson, who became the regular quarterback when Marcos McMillon was diagnosed with a season-ending ACL injury, completed six of 12 passes for 70 yards, and also ran for a touchdown. Weston Kimmel pounded out 116 yards rushing with a score. The Mountain Lions had 279 yards on offense, but were plagued by four turnovers and a bad snap.

"We're in that youth stage," Argraves said. "We're shooting ourselves in the foot." Mountain View hosts Sunnyside on Friday night.

Pusch Ridge 14, Miami 8

The Lions (2-1) won with defense again at Miami. After fumbling the ball away at their own five-yard line, a goal-line stand by the defense kept the Vandals out of the end zone.

"That was a huge turning point," said coach Bob Vance. "The defense played phenomenal."

John Jackson played virtually every play and had many tackles. Tyler Goodwillie completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to Daniel McLeod in the second quarter. McLeod caught two balls for 64 yards. Goodwillie completed four of eight passes for 66 yards, and he also led the Lions with 69 yards rushing.

The Lions host Baboquivari on Friday.


The Tigers (0-3) had a bye last week. This Friday, they'll host the Sabino Sabercats.

— Curtis Elliott

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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)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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