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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:00 pm | Updated: 8:37 pm, Tue Aug 28, 2012.

A few weeks ago, on a slightly overcast afternoon, the Canyon Del Oro High School football team took to their practice field once again as they prepared for their upcoming season.

Coming off of a 7-4 season in 2011, Head Coach Dustin Peace said his team has high expectations as they always have.

“We had a successful season I thought last year,” Peace said. “I would have measured it as a successful season just from the fact that we started 0-2 and put on a good run and ended by finishing 10th in state.”

For Peace’s fourth year as the head coach for the Dorados, he has a slightly more shallow team than he has had in the past with 38 dressed, opposed to his usual of about 45 players. But, with some returning players, Peace believes the lack of players won’t matter.

“A huge strength for us this year is the guys we have coming in to back up the line,” he said. “The year before, that was one of our deficiencies. We had one part-time returner last year. This year we have all but one who played for us last year.”

Peace feels the team’s tailback Isaac Chacon will be the Dorados’ main ball carrier this year.

Chacon, who started playing for CDO his freshman year on the junior varsity team and moved up to the varsity team his sophomore year, feels good about the upcoming season.

“It feels good to be around our team because we have bonded so much,” said Chacon, who is one of the team’s three captains. “It feels right to be around each other.”

The other two team captains, offensive lineman Sang Lee and offensive tackle and defensive end Rhett Sutherland echoed what Chacon said about bonding and uniting together as a team during the summer months.

“We weren’t as much of a family last year, and I feel like we have united as a family this year,” Lee said as the rest of the team huddled near by chanting “D-O-R-A-D-O, Dorados, Dorados, Dorados,” followed by cheering and getting pumped up for practice.

“That’s all family right there, that’s all family,” Lee said looking at the huddle.

Sutherland is trying to stay focused one game at a time and helping out the younger players on the team.

“I am just looking forward to showing the younger kids the ropes and hopefully getting prepared for next year, just showing what it means to play football and the meaning of life,” Sutherland said.

In the younger ranks of the team, Peace made a few changes from last year. One of them was with junior Max Anae, who played as a defensive and offensive lineman last season. This year, Peace moved him to tailback and fullback.

Peace expects CDO junior Jacob Parker to one of the team’s top players, as well, on both sides of the ball.

The Dorados had a tough opening week, losing 36-0 to Ironwood Ridge.

Now at 0-1, CDO will face Mountain View Friday for the team’s first home game.

 

2012 Dorados Schedule

Date     Opponent    

8/31     vs Mountain View

9/7       vs Chavez

9/14     @ Williams Field

9/21     vs Flowing Wells

9/28     @ Salpointe Catholic

10/5     vs Catalina Foothills    

10/12   vs Tucson

10/19   @Marana

10/26   @Amphitheater

 

All games begin at 7 p.m.

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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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