Chaparral Stops Queen Creek in 6A Round One

Chaparral turned in an impressive effort on defense to stop Queen Creek in Friday night’s 6A playoff quarterfinals.

It was a statement start for Queen Creek. Sophomore Davy Morales helpfully returned the Firebirds’ kick to them with a 70-yard run to the house. Utah commit Trey Reynolds followed that with a successful 2-point conversion to put the Bulldogs up 8-0.

Rather than being cowed by this quick jab, Chaparral refocused to stop any further scores by the Bulldogs.

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The Firebirds’ first score was a methodical march down the field, but the missed PAT meant that at the end of the first quarter they were still trailing by two points.

This was largely due to Queen Creek’s own talented defense. Aidan Wizner, K-State commit Krew Jackson, and Payton Barlow were major disruptions to Chaparral’s offense.

Not to be outdone, the Firebirds responded with a big Jack Whitten interception. Easy to see why Whitten is headed to the next level to play for Brown.

Another impressive touchdown run by Jared Williams capped off the half with Chaparral on top 12-8. He would score a total of three times for the Firebirds on the night.

With the second half underway, it was Brayten Silbor and Anthony Lucas with the only score of the third quarter. Lucas is the #1 ranked player in Arizona’s 2022 class according to 247Sports.

Chaparral would score once more before all was said and done, but the big story was their stopping power on defense. They held Queen Creek out of range of the end zone and broke up plays to create turnovers on downs throughout the game.

Coach Brent Barnes told AZCentral,”That defense was unbelievable. That is what champions do. Our defense just stepped up.”

Chaparral stops Queen Creek 26-8 and moves on to face O’Connor in the 6A Semifinals.

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