Photo by Lauren Collins

Photo by Lauren Collins

The Chaparral Wolverines went 7-3 in the regular season and 4-1 in league and secured the #16 spot in the playoffs. Early in the season Chaparral played Prairie View High School for the homecoming football game and won 56-0, showing us just how good the Chaparral offense could be. The Wolverines grabbed a key win against Thunderridge on the road winning 7-0 in a defensive showdown.  This Chaparral team faced some adversity mid-season when sophomore quarterback Konnor Ruth missed two games due to an unfortunate concussion and with no other quarterback on the roster, the Wolverines were forced to put in senior Peyton Ross who came in and contributed immediately going 13 for 32 and 4 TD’s with no interceptions and a QBR of 104.6. Sophomore quarterback Konnor Ruth managed a fairly decent season this year going 49 for 122 for 722 yards with five touchdowns and nine interceptions. The offense had a very balanced attack utilizing the rushing game to move the chains. Junior Dylan Smithwick led the Wolverines in rushing with 133 carries and 623 yards in nine games and Senior Carnell Lewis had 77 carries with 287 yards and one 100 yard run. As the season wore on for the wolverines it was clear that the offense was struggling a little bit with all the adjustments made mid season, but one thing that was consistent for the wolverines this season was their defense. This Chaparral defense was one of the top defenses in state led by senior Jacob Stanton and senior Tristan Dietz. Stanton led the team in total tackles with 128 followed by junior Izaac Wilson with 109 and Dietz with 101 total tackles. Wilson led the Wolverines in sacks with 13.0 followed by junior Mikey McClelland with 10.0. The front four dominated the line of scrimmage allowing the linebackers to read the play and react to anything that came at them this season. This senior line backer core made of Garrett Lowry, Tristan Dietz, and Jacob Stanton, this group received the calls from the sideline and gave them to defense while controlling the line of scrimmage. The Chaparral Defense had stingy and relentless defensive backs this year who were able to play man-to-man coverage with the state’s top receivers. The defensive backs unit is led by the gritty junior Tizell Lewis who had four interceptions, 27 passes defended, and 55 total tackles, while managing to rack up 5.0 tackles for loss. The defensive backs unit was very tough on receivers this year only allowing Legend’s Trustin Oliver to one catch for five yards. This Chaparral squad beat their crosstown rival Legend High School for the fourth year in a row winning 21-13 and again bringing home the Pride of Parker trophy. This Wolverines team was tough on both sides of the football this year while grabbing some keys wins to power them into the playoffs this year.  In the last three games for the Wolverines went 2-1, beating Rock Canyon and Hinkley, but falling to the number two team in the state Pomona on a snowy night. In the first round of the playoffs the Wolverines played Valor Christian who was the number one seed in the playoffs, the Wolverines ended up losing 35-7 to Valor.

Story by Josh Coleman

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