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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 9:28 pm | Updated: 2:39 pm, Sat Aug 27, 2011.

The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks handed Canyon Del Oro High School their first regular-season loss in two years Friday night, winning the inner-district rivalry 28-7.

The two Oro Valley teams went head-to-head in the 2011 season opener at CDO stadium. The Nighthawks’ ground game led by quarterback Tyler Williams and tailback Mitch Fischer ran over the Dorados’ defense.

Williams, who scored three touchdowns, said the Nighthawks have been preparing for the meeting since before school ended last year. “Hard work paid off,” he said. “This offense had the mentality that we were going to run the ball every play. I have to hand it to the offensive line. They played a great game. They opened a hole on every play.”

Both teams struggled on offense through the first half, but the Nighthawks picked up the pace after halftime. With the game tied at 7 at halftime, the Nighthawks took control in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points.

CDO’s offense struggled to find a rhythm, and the defense could not stop Williams and Fischer in the second half.

Nighthawks’ coach Matt Johnson credited the team’s offensive coordinator for creating the game plan. “The offensive coordinator spent endless hours on the game plan, and the kids really executed it,” said Johnson.

Realistically, Johnson said this game came down to pride, but in the end both teams want a state championship, and he wouldn’t be surprised if they meet again later in the season. Prior to Friday night’s victory, the Nighthawks lost to CDO two years in a row.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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