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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 1:47 pm, Fri Sep 12, 2014.

The blue and white paint covering the faces of the Ironwood Ridge football fans didn’t go to waste.

Anthony Braunreiter’s three consecutive touchdowns led the Nighthawks to a 36-0 victory over rival Canyon Del Oro High School on Friday night.

The 5-foot, 8-inch, 205-pound senior tailback answered any lingering questions as to whether the team’s running game would still be effective without star running back Mitch Fischer, who graduated last year.

Quarterback Tyler Williams and wide receiver Julian Figueroa led the opening charge downfield to put Braunreiter in striking distance, but a sack by CDO defensive lineman Jacob Parker would force the Nighthawks to third and 19.

Williams answered, connecting with wide receiver Jake Matthews for a gain of 12, and the Nighthawks called a timeout to discuss their option on a fourth and seven.

Out of the huddle, Williams found an open Matthews for a gain of eight and the first down, bringing the ball to the Dorados’ 10-yard line. Braunreiter then got busy with gains six and four in his next two runs to find his way untouched into the end zone.

Despite being the smaller team, the Nighthawks executed well on defense in their first showing, and throughout the game.

Figueroa broke up a pass attempt to CDO’s Garret Andretta, and linebacker Scott Simmons stopped Dorados’ running back Isaac Chacon short of a first down to force CDO to punt in its first offensive possession. The hike was over the head of the CDO kicker, who just narrowly got the short kick away.

“Our defense did an outstanding job this game,” said Braunreiter. “They really executed perfectly, stayed aggressive, and put a lot of pressure on.”

The Nighthawks took advantage of the short field from the botched punt, and Braunreiter barreled his way through the CDO defensive line to find his second touchdown. The point after found its way through the uprights, bringing the score to 13-0 in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Williams handed off to Braunreiter for a 28-yard run that would lead the Nighthawks to the CDO one-yard line.  

A lateral pass from Williams then found Braunreiter, who shrugged off the CDO defenders en route to the end zone and a 20-0 lead.

Braunreiter finished the game with 11 carries and 86 yards, but credited his success to his offensive line.

“Our offensive line played perfectly this game,” he said. “They did a great job of opening up the gaps for me.”

While Braunreiter was done putting up points, Williams wasn’t done dishing them out. He went to the air again to find Simmons for a reaching touchdown grab in the corner end zone approaching the end of the second quarter.

CDO continued to struggle on offense, its running game choked up by the Nighthawks’ smothering defensive line, despite the fact Ironwood was the smaller team.

“We’ve lost some size this year, so we are looking to improve our technique on all sides of the ball,” said head coach Matt Johnson. “We’ve got a team that’s willing to work hard to do that.”

As the first half wound down, it appeared the Dorados, on the Ironwood six-yard line, would put up a touchdown, but Chacon was brought down by a rush of blue jerseys to end the half.

Chacon had 19 carries for 88 yards.

“Our defense played really fast,” said Williams. “They knew their assignments and a lot of young guys stepped up out there.”

Though the CDO defense looked sharper in the second half, it was too little too late. Williams managed to squeak in one more touchdown on a 19-yard pass to Matthews, bringing the score to 36-0, where it would remain despite a last minute push by CDO, which nearly put the Dorados on the scoreboard.

Williams was 9-9 for 93 yards, and rushed for 25 yards in the game.

“I thought we really mixed up the offense well,” said Williams. “We were able to stay patient and let our system work by spreading the ball around and getting everyone involved.”

The Nighthawks will look to continue their early success when they face Marana High School on Aug. 31. The Dorados hope to improve to 1-1 when they face Mountain View on Friday.

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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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