Defense leads way as Canyon Del Oro runs past Desert View 38-7

Canyon Del Oro huddles prior to kick off against Desert View. (Lori Burkhart/AllSportsTucson.com)

Coming off a bye week, the Canyon Del Oro Dorados (2-0) were primed for a battle with the Jaguars of Desert View (0-2).

The Dorados knew they were facing a tough Robert Bonillas-coached team that made the playoffs last season and always plays physically.

CDO coach Dustin Peace on the expectation coming into the game: ” We knew they were going to come in and be a physical team. They always are. So we were prepared for that without a doubt. We knew it was going to be a tough match, physical match and we came to battle.”

The team understood the assignment and stepped up holding the Jaguars to a touchdown.

The Jaguars’ only score came in the second quarter when junior starting quarterback A-niy Parks hit senior wide receiver Justin Bucio in the end zone.

CDO’s defense and special teams had a night.

The defensive line stymied Desert View’s offense causing negative yardage, a sack and an interception by senior defensive back/running back Kendric Astacio.

CDO’s Kendric Astacio intercepts a pass thrown by Desert View’s A-Niy Parks. (Lori Burkhart/AllSportsTucson)

NO. 6 CDO (10-2)

Dorados compete in the 4A Kino. *Region game. # Game at Phoenix College. + 4A state playoffs. Games at 7 p.m.
9/2Walden GroveW, 28-71-0
9/16Desert ViewW, 38-72-0
9/23@ MaranaL, 40-372-1
9/30@ St. Mary's#W, 24-83-1
10/7Catalina FoothillsW, 49-64-1
10/14@ Douglas*W, 49-65-1
10/21Pueblo*W, 49-146-1
10/28@ Vista Grande*W, 56-137-1
11/4Empire*W, 37-68-1
11/10@ Mica Mountain*L, 26-78-2
11/18St. Mary's+W, 13-79-2
11/25Thunderbird+W, 28-310-2
12/2@ Snowflake+

CDO’s special teams created a turnover when senior Carter Peru popped the ball out on a kickoff return and junior Romel Astacio jumped on it for the recovery.

Senior kicker Alex Zillman was perfect going 5 of 5 on extra points and 1 of 1 on field goals.

Peace on his team’s special teams play: “Special teams was I think the kicker in the first half. We got some field goals, put the ball in the end zone, we got a turnover on a kickoff, they had a bad punt. All those things kind of worked in our favor to get us that jump that we needed.”

On the success of his defense: “The thing that stood out for us was defensively, anytime we can play that well defensively — our offense went in sputters, we did things well, we didn’t do things well — but when you have a defense to always rely on that’s a great foundation to start a season off.”

While the offense “went in sputters,”‘ they were still able to put points on the board and rack up 329 all-purpose yards.

The Dorados running game was a bright spot behind junior Kayden Luke who had 108 rushing yards including one touchdown, junior Jose Alba with one touchdown and 83 rushing yards and junior Kendric Astacio, who scored one rushing touchdown and grabbed a sliding catch from senior quarterback Caden Goldtooth for his second touchdown.

NO. 23 DESERT VIEW (6-3, 4-1)

Jaguars compete in the 5A Southern. *Region game. +Game at Kino North Stadium. % Game at Tucson High. Games at 7 p.m.
9/1Sunnyside+L, 16-60-10-0
9/9@ Willow CanyonCancelled
9/16@ CDOL, 38-70-20-0
9/30Flowing Wells%W, 28-141-20-0
10/7@ NogalesW, 34-62-20-0
10/14@ Ironwood Ridge*W, 43-113-21-0
10/21@ Tucson*W, 42-104-22-0
10/28Cienega*L, 36-264-32-1
11/4@ Buena*W, 43-285-33-1
11/11Mountain View*W, 41-196-34-1

CDO next heads to Marana where it will play a challenging 2-0 Tiger team Friday at 7 p.m.

Desert View is off until Sept. 30, when they will host Flowing Wells at 7 p.m.

Game Extras:

*Lots of chatter on the sidelines about the number of flags thrown in the game. At one point, a few people were contemplating making the yellow flag the player of the game.

*Friday was Pusch Ridge Christian Academy’s Homecoming game. With CDO and PRCA located across Oracle from each other, the fans at the CDO vs Desert View game were treated to a fireworks show.

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