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Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:25 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

CDO's incredible 14-0 season was capped off by an impressive 40-0 win over conference rival Sabino in the state championship game.

 

Ka'Deem Carey was rightfully given a lot of credit for the title win, as the junior was the area's leading rusher, and also broke the school record for career touchdowns, even though he still has a year left.

 

Carey gets another shot at a state title next year, but he was really happy to win it this year.

 

"I'm happy we won with this group," Carey said. "(Josh) Robbins, (Jared) Tevis, my O-line."

 

The Dorados had a very impressive group of seniors, led by Tevis and Robbins.

 

Quarterback Mike Lewis, Colby Tigges, Garrett Henderson, David Studer, Ryan Petersen and Tevis were all named to the 4A-I all-league team in their final seasons.

 

Tevis was so spectacular that he was arguably the team's most versatile player. In the win over Cienega in the semifinal game, Tevis accomplished the rare feat of scoring touchdowns on a reception, a punt return, and an interception, all in the third quarter. Tevis also led the team in receiving yards during the year.

 

"My favorite player is Troy Polamalu of Pittsburgh," Tevis said.

 

That's a good choice, as the Steeler great is known as a free-wheeling player who flies all over the field, literally throwing his body at people and making big defensive plays. Tevis plays the same way.

 

He was very excited after the title win.

 

"It was just incredible," Tevis said. "CDO hadn't been state champions for a long time (1977)."

 

"It's tough to end your career," Tevis said. "But this is the way to go out."

 

Senior quarterback Lewis may not have been as spectacular, but he came up big when the Dorados needed him most this season. Against Cienega, the Dorados actually trailed 3-0 at halftime. Lewis completed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Tevis and finished that game with 258 yards passing.

 

"We had a special group," Lewis said. "Last year, we had our ups and downs. We didn't have the work ethic that we did this year."

 

In the tough 4A-Sonoran conference, Lewis led in completion percentage and averaged 9.6 yards per pass attempt. Lewis plans to play college ball somewhere next year.

 

Robbins may have been the unsung hero for the Dorados. On a team that had two other defensive "Finishing undefeated is great," Tevis said. "It was just unbelievable."

 

The senior had just played his last high school game.

 

"It's tough to end your career, but this is the way to go out."

 

As good as CDO was in going unbeaten with a tough schedule, and with Sabino being the only team to lose to them by less than 14 points (34-21 during season) how did this team lose in the semifinals last year, 13-7?

 

"We have a special group," Lewis said. "We had our ups and downs last year."

 

"We didn't have the work ethic that we had this year."

 

Lewis was 8-13 for 104 yards and two interceptions. Robbins was the leading receiver with four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

 

Defensively, the Dorados had another strong game, holding Nelson to 83 yards rushing, while Fraser had 26 yards on eight carries before leaving the game.

 

"I'm happy we won with this group," said the junior Carey. "Robbins, Tevis, and my O-line."

 

"It feels great. We showed we were the best."

 

 

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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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