Desert Vista cruises into 6A football quarterfinals vs. Perry

Desert Vista's Colby Humphrey breaks away on another long run in the Thunder’s 40-14 6A playoffs opening-round rout of Chaparral on Friday at Thunder Stadium in Ahwatukee.

With the score tied at 14 in the first quarter Friday, and Chaparral hanging in with freshman quarterback Brayton Sildor making his first varsity start, Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds told his team to “tighten it up.”

And that’s just what it did. The third-seeded Thunder rattled off 26 unanswered points and blew out the 14th-seeded Firebirds, 40-14, in a 6A first-round playoff game at Thunder Stadium in Ahwatukee.

The Thunder (10-1) advance to the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday at home against No. 6 Perry (9-2), which won its opening-round game against Basha, 38-21. The Thunder and Pumas did not meet during the regular season.

“We told them that they needed to tighten it up,” Hinds said. “Chaparral has some great athletes, first of all, but we kind of created some problems for ourselves. Once we cut those things out it started rolling.”

Thunder running back Colby Humphrey carried eight times for 156 yards and four touchdowns, 80 of those yards on an opening-snap scoring run. On the next drive, he took the first carry 47 yards for a score. He added two short-yardage touchdowns in the second half.

“Our coaches saw some stuff on film this week, so those were the opening plays and they lined up exactly like how we thought they would. Our guys made great blocks and Colby made great runs,” Hinds said.

The defense also tightened it up, shutting out Chaparral, without their OhioState commit quarterback Jack Miller, who was out due to a knee injury, over the final three periods after allowing two early scores.

DV defensive tackles Brett Johnson and Sebastian Mingot plugged the middle for the Thunder, which allowed 22 yards rushing.

“We need to clean up our penalties,” Hinds said. “It’s something that has kind of been off and on for us. So, we just need to continue to prepare in practice and correct our mental mistakes.”

Desert Vista 40, Chaparral 14

Desert Vista       14  12   7   7 – 40

Chaparral           14    0   0   0 – 14

First

DV – Humphrey 80 run (Lewis kick), 11:47.

Chap – Norvell 25 pass from Silbor (Christakos kick), 9:05.

DV – Humphrey 47 run (Lewis kick), 8:52.

Chap – Hubbard 8 run (Christakos kick).

Second

DV – Belnap 22 pass from Navarro (kick failed), 10:10.

DV – Humphrey 2 run (pass failed), 8:27.

Third

DV – Humphrey 6 run (Lewis kick), 9:06.

Fourth

DV – Delgado 8 run (Lewis kick), 8:15.

Team statistics

                                    DV            Chaparral

First Downs                13              15

Rush-yards                  33-285       10-22

Comp-Att-Int              4-6-0          23-43-1

Pass yard                     54               251

Total yards                  339             273

Fumbles/lost                0/0              0/0

Penalties                      11-65          10-89

Individual Statistics

Rushing

Desert Vista – Humphrey 8-156, Grubbs 12-53, Gongora 4-32, Delgado 5-22, Navarro 2-14, Thomas 2-8. Chaparral –Hubbard 8-12, Silbor 2-10.

Passing

Desert Vista – Navarro 4-6-0, 54 yards. Chaparral – Silbor 19-31-1, 167; Triester 2-10-0, 39, Hubbard 1-1-0, 27 Christakos 1-1-0, 18.

Receiving

Desert Vista – Ervin 2-13, Belnap 1-22, Thomas 1-9. Chaparral –Norvell 6-83, Minor 5-33, Christakos 4-97, Williams 3-12, Hamilton 1-18, Crawford 1-5, Helsten 1-5.

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