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Football: Zebras run wild on offense in win over Chaparrals
AUBREY -- The Chaparrals found themselves in an offensive slugfest with Grandview Friday night at Chaparral Stadium and just couldn't keep up. A relentless Zebra offense and key turnovers by Aubrey left coach G.A. Moore scratching his head after the 44-26 Grandview victory.
"I just thought we were going to play a little better than that," Moore said.
Adding injury to insult, the Chaps lost the centerpiece of their offense when a blow to the head sidelined leading rusher Justin Griffin in the second half.
The Zebras wasted no time starting the scoring. On Grandview's first play from scrimmage, senior running back Daniel Spencer took a sweep off the right end for a 46-yard touchdown. From there, the Chaps had to play catch-up the rest of the night.
Throughout the first half the contrasting offensive styles brought to mind images of the tortoise and the hare rather than Zebras and Chaparrals. Grandview (4-1) came sprinting out of the gate, scoring on its first five possessions of the first half. Touchdowns of 46, 54, 62, and 25 yards kept Aubrey (2-2) on its heels.
Meanwhile, the Chaps relied on a steady, plodding ground attack to keep pace. First half scoring drives of eight, six, and 11 plays helped Aubrey stay within striking distance. Griffin amassed 82 rushing yards in the half to lead the Chaparral attack.
But it was the Aubrey defense that kept the game within reach at halftime. With a 10-point lead and 1:25 left in the first half, the Zebras were threatening to score from the Aubrey 7-yard line, but fumbled the handoff. Aubrey's Skyler Craig was quick to fall on the loose ball to kill the Zebra threat.
The Chaps carried that momentum into the second half. Aubrey opened the third quarter with a 20-play drive that took 10:42 off the clock. The drive was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run from junior tailback Charlie Radford and brought the Chaps to within four points.
But the drive proved costly for Aubrey when, after a tough 4-yard run, Griffin sustained a hit that jarred his helmet loose and sent him to the sideline for the rest of the game.
"When he's out that eliminates a whole lot of our offense," Moore said.
Griffin finished with 107 yards on 20 carries in the losing effort.
From there, things seemed to unravel for Aubrey.
On Grandview's next possession Spencer completed a halfback pass to receiver Brant Rice for a 40-yard touchdown, Rice's third of the game. Aubrey's next possession lasted four plays before the Chaps turned the ball over on downs. After a strong defensive stand, the Chaparrals found themselves with the ball at their own 5-yard line. But quarterback James Wurster's second pick of the game came at the Aubrey 25-yard line and put Grandview in prime position for another long touchdown play, this time a 28-yard run by Spencer.
The Chaps had no answer for Spencer, who accounted for 195 yards of offense and four touchdowns.
Moore was quick to acknowledge the offensive juggernaut across the field.
"[The Grandview offense] is better than our defense," Moore said, "By a long way."
But a troubled defense was only part of the disappointment for Moore.
"I'm worried about the offense, defense and kicking game," Moore said. "I'm worried about every area we have right now."
Grandview 44, Aubrey 26
Grandview 16 14 0 14 -- 44
Aubrey 13 7 6 0 -- 26
G: Daniel Spencer 46 run (Marty Grimes kick), 11:48
A: Justin Griffin 17 run (Irving Saucedo kick), 7:52
G: Grimes 33 field goal, 4:04
A: James Wurster 1 run (kick failed), 1:05
G: Brant Rice 54 from Derek Jarrell (kick failed), :47
G: Spencer 62 run (Grimes kick), 9:49
A: James Reeves 19 from Wurster (Saucedo kick), 4:24
G: Rice 25 from Jarrell (Grimes kick), 2:24
A: Charlie Radford 3 run (kick failed), 1:18
G: Rice 40 from Spencer (Grimes kick), 11:30
G: Spencer 28 run (Grimes kick), 6:34
First downs 16 19
Rushing yards 27-266 45-209
Passing yards 172 160
Total yards 438 369
Passes 10-15-0 11-21-2
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Punts-avg 1-36 1-31
Penalties-yds 4-35 1-5
Rushing: G - Spencer 11-156, Jarrell 12-60, Beau Blakeny 4-50. A - Griffin 20-107, Skyler Starling 3-22, Charlie Radford 2-13, Skyler Craig 9-40, Albert Silva 2-7, Wurster 9-20.
Passing: G - Jarrell 9-14-0-132, Spencer 1-1-0-40. A - Wurster 10-20-2-149, Brodie Dittmar 1-1-0-11.
Receiving: G - Spencer 5-39, Beau Blakeny 1-3, Rice 3-119, Philip Chavez 1-11. A - Collin Scribner 3-27, James Reeves 4-74, Radford 1-26, Craig 1-10, Kristian Wiseman 2-23.