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Dorados defeat Panthers, 49-0

Final game nets first shutout of the season

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Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 3:00 am

If the season began with a walk for the Canyon Del Oro Dorados, it certainly ended with a sprint. The Dorados (7-3) ended the year with a 49-0 thumping of Amphi (3-7) last Friday on Senior Night at Canyon Del Oro High School.

“We’re starting to figure it out,” said Dorados coach Dustin Peace. “This was a huge game for us. Last week (against Marana) we came out slow.”

After losing their first two games, the Dorados won seven of their next eight games.

The only loss came at the hands of Salpointe Catholic, the No. 3 seed in the Division II playoffs. The Dorados finished No. 10, and they will hit the road and take on No. 7 Tempe Marcos de Niza on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Dorados opened with two big plays against Amphi.

First, there was a 36-yard run by senior Blake Martinez, and then a 32-yard touchdown pass from senior Cooper Smith to fellow senior Robert Metz, which resulted in an early 7-0 lead.

Martinez ran 16 yards for another touchdown and a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Martinez finished with 155 yards rushing and three touchdowns on only seven carries. He has scored seven touchdowns in the last two games.

“The game meant so much,” Martinez said. “It was our last night on the field, and we started focusing the game.”

The next carry for Martinez, on the Dorados’ first play of the second quarter, was a handoff that he took 70 yards to hit pay dirt and for a 21-0 CDO lead.

The good news for the Dorados is that Martinez, who wore a cast this season, is finally healthy.

“I’m getting my muscle back,” Martinez said. “My shoulder is better.”

Martinez finished the regular season with 651 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, and averaged 10.5 yards per carry.

Jason Vartanian ran for 83 yards and a touchdown. He finished the season with 661 yards rushing, six touchdowns, and a 6.9 average per carry.

On the final series of the second quarter, Smith completed a pass to Metz for 40 yards. After a penalty pushed the Dorados back 10 yards, Smith hooked up with Metz for 49 yards and a touchdown, for a 42-0 halftime lead.

Metz finished with three catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Smith completed four of his six passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

While the win itself against a losing team might have seemed insignificant, Peace was happy with the opponent.

“Amphi is a physical team,” Peace said. “We played physical defense, and this was our first shutout of the year.”

Martinez pointed out that the team is getting healthy.

“We’re making a run for it,” Martinez said. He also pointed out that the Dorados’ tough schedule probably helped prepare the team for the playoffs. 

The realignment of 2011-2012 certainly gave CDO a tougher schedule than they had the previous two seasons, when they went unbeaten.

Three of the team’s opponents – Salpointe, Ironwood Ridge and Tucson – made the Division II playoffs, while perennial powerhouse Williams Field earned a playoff spot.

Chavez and Flowing Wells had winning records. Catalina Foothills finished at 5-5.

“This was a great finale for the season,” Peace said.

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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)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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