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CDO gets first win over Flowing Wells, 36-15

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 4:00 am

The Canyon Del Oro Dorados finally have the monkey off their back. After an 0-4 start, the team found its first win of the season with a 36-15 win over Flowing Wells on Friday night. 

Early on, it looked as if the result might be different.

After quarterback Leo Khawam led an offensive drive with completions to Brandon Eto and JJ Metz for gains of 10 and 15, the Dorados were pushed to third down and 38 following a high snap and subsequent holding call.

The next play, Khawam’s pass was intercepted by Wesley Pritchett, who returned the ball to the CDO 16-yard line.

On third and 10, Flowing Wells’ quarterback Adam Moya found Kevin De La Vara for the first touchdown of the game. The Caballeros’ two-point conversion was good, giving Flowing Wells an 8-0 lead.

But Khawam wasn’t about to let his mistake hold him back. After running back Isaac Chacon moved the ball 33 yards in three carries, Khawam finished the job with a 19-yard touchdown run to put the Dorados within one point.

The Caballeros nearly answered when a fumble recovery set them up for a 20-yard field goal attempt, but the kick was wide.

CDO’s defense held strong, forcing Flowing Wells to punt its next offensive possession, in turn setting up another drive for the Dorados, in which Khawam threw for 41 yards and ran for 32 to put CDO on the Flowing Wells seven-yard line.  

Chacon ran it the rest of the way, but the touchdown was reversed after a holding call on CDO, bringing the drive to third and 12. 

Khawam responded with a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Matt Sawyer, giving the Dorados a 15-8 lead after a fake punt led to a two-point conversion. 

“We had a pretty good mix of run and pass this game,” said Head Coach Dustin Peace.

Despite the lead, Peace wanted more from his team heading into the second half.

“I told our guys we’re not satisfied, period, and that we needed to come out and play aggressive football and minimize mistakes,” he said. 

But just as the game began, so did the second half. The Caballeros struck first early in third with a 47-yard touchdown carry by Pritchett on a fake punt.

At 15-15, the rest of the half belonged to CDO. On fourth and four on the Dorado 13-yard line, Khawam threw to Sawyer. The pass was short, but Sawyer managed to snag the ball around his defender’s back for the touchdown. 

Chacon’s kick was good, bringing the score to 22-15.

On their next offensive drive, Khawam found wide receiver Robert Padilla, who ran 36 yards for the score.

It only took the Dorados about three minutes to find the end zone again. When a short punt by Flowing Wells put CDO in good field position, Chacon broke through the Caballero defense for a 49-yard touchdown carry to seal the game at 36-15. 

“It was huge getting that first win,” said Khawam. “This gives us confidence we can do it. We started out slow, but we’re trying to turn it around.”

Peace addressed his team after the game to discuss the victory and their upcoming game against Salpointe Catholic High School this Friday.

“It’s a huge step in the right direction,” he said. “If you’re ready to step on the field and you believe you can win, then come to practice Monday. If you do not believe, then I don’t want to see you on Monday. Come with belief, because that’s what it is.”

Chacon led the Dorados with 17 rushes on 147 yards and one touchdown. 

The Dorados will have to face Salpointe without two-way starter Max Smith, who was injured and is likely going to be out for at least two weeks.

Flowing Wells falls to 2-3 and faces Marana on Friday.

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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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