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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Dorados burn for another shot at state title

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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:04 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Envy flows deep — often unspoken — in the 4A Sonoran region, as CDO’s rivals gear up to topple last year’s state runner-up squad.

Yet despite the talent lining the Dorados’ roster, head coach Pat Nugent adopted a fatalist’s approach, while leaning back in a plastic classroom chair.

“Every coach in America, from high school to pro, is excited right now,” Nugent said. “In six weeks, they’ll be miserable.”

Perhaps it’s just humility, or perhaps Nugent’s right. But the smart money says malaise decides to nest under the Dorados’ visitor’s bleachers.

Once again, CDO’s offense is stacked. Six-foot-four, 215-pound senior quarterback Doug Steele heads the enchilada, replacing Daniel Nicholas’ ballistic arm with an avian view of the field.

Steele’s twin-receiver senior duo consists of Josh Robbins and Griffin Ronstadt — whose 1,000-yard total season boasted 18 touchdowns last year.

“I think we just need to focus on finishing this season off right,” Ronstadt said. “We’re not always going to be the favorite going in, but we’re definitely going to have some weight on our shoulders.”

At the rush, Ronstadt’s bolstered by one of the state’s most explosive and charismatic understudies, sophomore Ka’Deem Carey — whose six-point kickoff return sparked the Dorados’ near-win during last year’s title game against Saguaro.

“All these games, I wish we could just fast-forward this and go right back to state,” Carey said, of the upcoming regular season. “It’s going to be like High School Musical, except the football version.”

Don’t forget about the kicker. After going perfect in 65 point-after attempts last year, senior Nick Marshall won his soccer nationals this summer in Virginia, then decided he’d like to kick 100 for 100 this time around.

“I guess all the pressure’s on now. I guess I can’t miss now,” Marshall said.

The Dorados will return seven defensive starters, including seniors D’Andre Tanguay-Penn (6’3”, 210 pounds) and Justin Kitchen (6’0”, 195 pounds), though the team’s tasked with replacing a handful of linemen.

The sum total turns Dorado eyes to the sky — and Phoenix.

“We don’t really look at league titles anymore,” Nugent said. “We won four in a row — they’re like a second fiddle to us.”

Canyon Del Oro High School

Mascot: Dorados

Region: 4A Sonoran

Colors: Forest green and gold

Coach profile

Pat Nugent, eighth year

Record: 61-28

Previous: Spent nine years as Flowing Wells High School head and assistant coach; University of Arizona equipment manager.

2007 record (12-2, 4-0)

Aug. 24 at Amphi W 31-6

Aug. 31 Sahuaro W 42-20

Sept. 7 at Catalina W 48-21

Sept. 14 at Cactus L 36-34

Sept. 20 McClintock W 21-10

Sept. 28 at Cienega W 37-7

Oct. 5 Catalina Foothills W 48-0

Oct. 12 at Marana W 42-7

Oct. 19 Cholla W 67-0

Nov. 2 Pueblo W 65-13

Nov. 9 Cienega W 38-7

Nov. 16 Prescott W 34-0

Nov. 30 Peoria W 20-0

Dec. 8 Saguaro L 23-21

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 Amphi

Sept. 5 at Sahuaro   

Sept. 12 Catalina

Sept. 19 Cactus

Sept. 26 at McClintock   

Oct. 3 Cienega     

Oct. 10 at Catalina Foothills

Oct. 17 Marana

Oct. 24 at Cholla

Nov. 7 at Pueblo

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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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