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CDO headed to Paradise Valley on Friday

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Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 8:03 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

For about 6-1/2 minutes of football Friday night, the Prescott Badgers looked like they might have Canyon Del Oro’s number, taking a 7-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Badgers, the one number they should have worried about was the one on senior CDO running back Griffin Ronstadt’s jersey.

Number 27 tied the game for the Dorados on an 11-yard touchdown, capping an eight-play drive in which he carried seven times for 58 yards. Ronstadt never stopped, leading the Dorados to a 54-21 win in the first round of 4A-I state playoff action. The Dorados, now 10-1, face Paradise Valley this Friday.

“Griffin Ronstadt is just an amazing athlete,” said CDO head coach Pat Nugent. “He made some unbelievable runs for us out there.”

If churning up more than half a football field on one series seems impressive, Ronstadt’s final tally of 155 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries (nearly seven yards per touch), and 38 yards receiving was simply another indicator of the game’s overall tone. The Dorados were able to run and throw on the Prescott defense seemingly at will.

Despite the absence of talented sophomore running back Ka’Deem Carey, the CDO ground game found a way to stay multi-dimensional. Sophomore Eddie Smith carried seven times for 58 yards and a touchdown.

Smith was one of the four Dorados who scored a rushing touchdown. Ronstadt, Smith, sophomore running back Bobby Henkel and junior backup QB Mike Lewis all reached the end zone on Friday.

Four more caught a scoring pass from QB Doug Steele. Ronstadt, along with wideout seniors Ryan Retz, Paul Carter and Justin Kitchen, all grabbed touchdown passes in their final home game.

Retz, in particular, was crucial to Steele’s air attack, finishing the game with four catches for 96 yards, with the touchdown coming on a diving shoestring catch in the back of the end zone with 1:31 left in the third quarter to put CDO up 41-14.

Steele averaged a touchdown pass once in every four tries, and finished the game averaging 25 yards per completion, with nine for 214 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Dorados stifled Prescott’s top scoring threat, running back Brian Scates, limiting the senior to 26 total yards, forcing three fumbles and picking off Badgers’ QB Josh Chavez once.

“Our defense has had a great season,” said Nugent. “(Tonight) we went to a lot of man coverage and pressed a little bit, and it seemed to work.”

Somewhat of an understatement, considering the overall inability of Prescott’s offense to get any sort of rhythm under way.

The play that defined the Badgers’ offensive night occurred with about six minutes left in the second quarter.

Backed into their own end zone by the swarming Dorados, the Prescott play-callers demonstrated just how much confidence they had in the offense’s ability by punting on third and 12, an unusual choice, but one that possibly prevented a safety.

CDO’s high-octane attack on both sides of the ball may have sapped the Badgers’ resolve, but the Dorados had no problems getting motivated for the game, according to Nugent.

“We are excited to be playing this time of year,” said Nugent. “Last year we were lucky to stay at home for most of the playoffs, but this year we’ll have to go on the road and get it done.”

Nugent and the Dorados will find out if they can in fact get it done at Paradise Valley, where the Trojans’ strong running game is led by junior running backs Tyree Parker and Jake Brown.

Paradise Valley advanced to the semifinals by beating Catalina Foothills, 21-7. The Dorados beat the Falcons earlier in the season, 14-0.

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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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