In what seemed like most of the weekend to finish, visiting Chandler High convincingly defeated Casteel, 40-21, in a 6A matchup of unbeaten schools.
Chandler (6-0) flexed its muscles from the outset, and cruised to a 34-0 halftime lead.
The Wolves defense was equally impressive in the first half, holding the Colts (5-1) to just two first downs, one of which came by way of pass interference.
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Juniors Ca’lil Valentine and Jackson Branch did most of the big play damage for the Wolves and kept the offense balanced.
Valentine rushed for 171 yards three touchdowns in the first half alone. His 80 yard scoring gallop on the game’s first play from scrimmage set an early tone, and Casteel never had an answer.
Branch caught two touchdowns, the first of which was a 54 yard strike down the sideline from Quarterback Dylan Raiola just before halftime.
Branch’s second scoring reception came early in the third quarter and gave Chandler a 40-0 lead. Raiola finished with 161 passing yards and three touchdowns in just over one half of work.
Battling Mother Nature
During yet another weekend of lightning delays and postponements, the Chandler-Casteel contest was moved to Saturday afternoon, but still couldn’t avoid mother nature’s wrath.
With the game well in hand and Chandler leading 40-13 near the 8 minute mark, lightning moved in again, and instead of calling the game, another delay was imposed, forcing players into the lockers and fans out of the stadium.
“It’s been a strange year with the weather, but we just have to adjust and stay focused. I was pleased with our execution in the first half.”
– Chandler coach Rick Garretson.
Chandler will travel to Mesa for a matchup against Mountain View (2-3), while Casteel will visit Gilbert Perry (4-2).