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

Ask him what he loves about football, and he replies simply, “The environment.”

What Canyon Del Oro’s Retz does on the field, however, speaks volumes.

The senior plays both wide receiver and defensive back for the 10-1 Dorados, and in Friday’s 54-21 victory over Prescott, his numbers sounded pretty gaudy.

Retz led CDO receivers with four catches for 96 yards and a score, the touchdown coming in the third quarter on a 28-yard, end zone pass that seemed well beyond reach until the moment he hauled it in on the tips of his fingers.

“I wasn’t really thinking about it, I just wanted to go out there and make a big play for the team,” said Retz.

On the defensive side of the ball, Retz notched a late-game interception, his fifth of the year. His regular season total of four was tops in the 4A Sonoran Region.

Although Retz himself may be silent in regard to his achievements on the football field, the same doesn’t go for Dorado head coach Pat Nugent.

“He made some unbelievable catches for us out there today,” said Nugent. “He brings a perfect complement to (fellow CDO wideout) Josh Robbins. People don’t know how to cover him. He’s been an huge addition to this team.”

Even more surprising is that Retz did not start his football career as a freshman, instead deciding to come out for the junior varsity team as a sophomore.

Three years of football will probably be all there is for the senior, who, as he puts it, is “a baseball guy” and will pursue that sport in college.

Right now, however, there is still time left in Retz’s gridiron career, and he and the Dorados visit #3 Paradise Valley this Friday at 7 p.m.

It might be good for the Trojans, and whoever the softspoken Retz and CDO face down the road, to realize the truth of the old saying “Still waters run deep.”

Yes, indeed they do. And in Retz’s case, they catch passes while doing so.

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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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