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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 3:29 pm, Fri Aug 29, 2014.

It wasn’t the prettiest win head coach Dustin Peace has ever seen his Canyon Del Oro Dorados pull off, but he was still happy to see his team improve to 5-1 after defeating Catalina Foothills on Friday night. 

In a game, which on both sides was plagued with penalties and turnovers, the Dorados did just enough on offense and more than enough on defense to scoop up the 19-12 victory in D-III competition.

CDO jumped out to an early lead less than three minutes in after recovering a fumble on the Falcons’ 19-yard line, from which quarterback Jordan Closs-Lopez connected with receiver Tristan Peterson to build a 7-0 advantage.

“That was huge, obviously,” said Peace about the fumble recovery. “It was a huge momentum play overall.”

After Catalina Foothills failed to make anything of their next possession, the Dorados struck again, driving from their own 38-yard line to the Falcons’ 19-yard line. From there, Max Smith broke free along the sideline for an 18-yard gain, and finished the job the next play on a 1-yard rushing score to put the Dorados up 13-0 after a missed point after touchdown attempt.

The Falcons posed a threat to the Dorados’ defense with about two minutes remaining in the first quarter when quarterback Rhett Rodriguez hit Elliot Buchanan for a big gain on a drive that brought Catalina Foothills to the CDO 22-yard line.

But as was the theme most of the night, the Dorados’ defense held strong, and on a third down and six, forced a 2-yard loss, causing the Falcons to settle for a 42-yard field goal on fourth down.

“While I would have liked to see a little more offense from our guys, our defense played a great game overall,” said Peace.

The game remained scoreless in the second quarter, but Closs-Lopez made sure the same wasn’t true in the third.

Out of the snap, the senior quarterback connected with the slanting receiver, Thomas Sawyer, who sped 39 yards to the end zone, making it 19-3. 

“Those touchdown plays were big for me,” said Closs-Lopez. “I love going to my receivers and giving them a chance to make plays.”

The Falcons managed to find the end zone for the only time in the game a minute into the fourth quarter when Rodriguez found Buchanan for the 8-yard passing score, making it 19-9. 

The Dorados were forced to punt their next possession, opening the door for the Falcons to drive within range to knock in a 25-yard field goal. 

But with less than three minutes remaining, the Dorados prevented any further damage, collecting the 19-12 hard-fought win.

Peace says he is excited to see the turnaround from last season, in which the Dorados could only manage a 4-6 record.

“These kids hold their own destiny,” he said. “It was a slight wake-up call for us tonight, but we came out with the victory. I think the change has just come from leadership overall, and experience. We had a lot of guys return, a lot of playmakers return.”

This week, the Dorados take on Maricopa High School on Friday at home.

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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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