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Former CDO football players Jared Tevis, left center, and Josh Robbins talk with middle school kids during a football camp at Canyon Del Oro High School last week.
The University of Arizona introduced Rich Rodriguez as the new head coach of the Wildcats’ football team.
During national letter-of-intent day last week, students pledged their commitments to the schools they plan to attend.
It's hard to believe that, after finishing 14-0 and winning the state championship, the Canyon del Oro Dorados may have snuck up on anyone.
What can Ka'Deem Carey do for an encore?
Josh Robbins won the state championship in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches, was second in the long jump with an effort of 22 feet, 10 inches, and was runner-up in the triple jump with bounce of 44 feet, 4-1/4 inches.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Canyon Del Oro graduate Josh Robbins competed for the Dorados on the track and field and football squads. This coming year, Robbins is hoping he has what it takes to play on the University of Arizona football team.
The Ironwood Ridge 5A-II track and field season ended with another state championship for the girls. The boys finished in third place when a fall in the last race cost a title.
When Southern Arizona's leading rusher, Ka'Deem Carey, lofted a high-arching pass with good hang time into the end zone to senior Josh Robbins for a 12-yard touchdown, Canyon Del Oro took a 34-0, third-quarter lead over Sabino in the 4A-I state championship football game Saturday at the University of Arizona.
CDO's incredible 14-0 season was capped off by an impressive 40-0 win over conference rival Sabino in the state championship game.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Garrett Henderson wraps up a Sabino running back as Josh Robbins (13) and Bobby Henkel (40) help take him down during the first quarter of Saturday night's game.
J.D. Fitzgerald/Special to the Explorer, Ka'Deem Carey throws the ball to Josh Robbins for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Carey finished the game with 268 yards carrying and five rushing touchdowns.
For Canyon Del Oro, the bad news was that Ka'Deem Carey had 16 yards rushing at halftime. The good news was that CDO held Cienega star Willie Willis to five in the half.
J.D. Fitzgerald/Special to The Explorer, CDO senior Josh Robbins gets a hand from Ka'Deem Carey after Robbins shut down Cienega receiver Trent Simon in the second half of Friday night's game. Robbins, fighting through injuries, had two interceptions in the semifinal win.
At times Friday night, there seemed to be more cameramen than players on the sidelines at Canyon Del Oro's football stadium.
J.D. Fitzgerald/Special to the Explorer, Canyon Del Oro's Josh Robbins (13) celebrates with Ka'Deem Carey after scoring a touchdown during the first half of Friday night's game. The Dorados went on to defeat Sabercats 34-21, making CDO the undefeated (10-0) 4A I Sonoran region champions.
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During halftime of the showdown between Canyon Del Oro and Catalina Foothills, a near-nude streaker raced across the field, jumped a fence on the outskirts of the track and kept going.
Last Friday morning, hours before going on to beat Ironwood Ridge 27-13 in its season opener, the Canyon Del Oro football team gathered with new head coach Dusty Peace to watch some game film.
Call it the Iron / Gold Canyon Classic. Or the District Dogfight.
Until recently, postseason football has been garnering most of the headlines.
For the second straight year, Canyon del Oro’s football Dorados showed no quit Friday, coming back and “giving ourselves a chance to win,” coach Pat Nugent said.
Canyon Del Oro marched to a semifinal showdown with Scottsdale Chaparral, using the fleet feet of Griffin Ronstadt and Ka’Deem Carey to open a lead, then fending off Paradise Valley 27-20 in 4A-1 playoff action last Friday in Phoenix.
Ask him what he loves about football, and he replies simply, “The environment.”
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, After catching a long pass, CDO's Josh Robbins runs into a Prescott defender as Dorado Ryan Retz blocks a would-be tackler during the second quarter of Friday night's game. The Dorados won 54-21.