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Scrappy Tigers refused to fold, kept coming back for more

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Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3:00 am | Updated: 10:45 am, Thu Oct 27, 2011.

On homecoming night at Canyon Del Oro High School, the Dorados’ senior football players gave the crowd something to cheer about, beating the Marana Tigers, 41-21.

Blake Martinez and Jason Vartanian each set career highs in rushing. But the game was far from a runaway win for the Dorados (6-3), who had to work hard the entire game in order to outlast the scrappy Tigers (0-9).

Martinez ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns. He also intercepted a pass, recorded a quarterback sack, and had multiple tackles for losses from his linebacker position.

As a result, if CDO wins its final game against Amphi this Friday, Martinez could be the favorite for Southern Arizona Player of the Year for 2011. A win could also possibly give the Dorados a first-round playoff game at home. 

“No. 5 (Martinez) is a beast,” said Marana quarterback Ben Honea. “He’s intimidating.”

Vartanian gained 193 yards rushing, despite being hurt going into last Friday’s action.

“I just wanted to run my hardest,” said Vartanian. “I was going to play.”

Overall, the Dorados had more than 450 yards rushing. Quarterback Cooper Smith had 62 yards on the ground, while Dillon Davidson added 59 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Davidson ran 11 yards on the

final play of the third quarter to give the Dorados a 28-21 lead. Up to that point, the teams were playing neck and neck.

“We didn’t play the first three quarters the way we wanted to,” said CDO coach Dustin Peace. “They’re a much better team than their record.”

“They played us hard,” Vartanian said. “We have to practice harder for the playoffs.”

With the Tigers driving for the tying score, they fumbled the ball away near the CDO 35-yard line after a completed pass.

Two plays later, Martinez powered 55 yards to hit pay dirt and put CDO up 34-21. On the next series, Martinez sealed the win with an interception.

“We were getting worn down by Blake Martinez,” said Marana coach George Coronado. “He is big. We’re always outsized.”

One week after playing competitively against Amphi, and actually leading that game at halftime, the Tigers came out with enthusiasm and scored on their opening drive.

Honea ran 40 yards for a touchdown, and the Tigers led, 7-0. Honea ran for 124 yards on 28 carries.

“We did great in the first half,” Honea said. “We had nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Peace knows that the Dorados’ last game is critical. Unlike the previous two seasons, as the Dorados rolled into the playoffs after unbeaten regular seasons, the Dorados have had to struggle through the 2011 season.

CDO is currently ranked ninth in the Division II rankings. The top 16 teams qualify for the playoffs. If CDO beats Amphi this Friday at 7 p.m., the team still might get to host a first-round playoff game.

“We have one more game,” Peace said. “It’s a rival school (Amphi). It’s going to be a good intra-district game.

“We have to execute. We have to step up.”

The Tigers will conclude their season at home against Catalina Foothills on Friday at 7 p.m.

“We have pride and dignity,” Coronado said. “We gained more respect tonight.”

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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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