Kickoff: 7 p.m.
When CDO has the ball:
Run percentage: 69.9 percent (381 rushes)
Pass percentage: 30.1 percent (164 passes)
CDO has placed more of an emphasis on passing starting when Montana Neustadter threw the ball more last season and junior Caden Dawes (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) stepped into his productive role this year. Dawes has completed 80 of 155 pass attempts for 1,656 yards with 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Dawes has shown the ability to pass quick reads and deep routes with accuracy and arm strength. His top target is junior Daylon Beck, who has 20 catches for 493 yards with eight touchdowns. The sophomore quartet of Ryan Madsen, Chance Cassel, Vijay King and Chase Laux has combined for 837 yards on 47 receptions. CDO’s rushing attack has been enhanced by the emergence of Kayden Luke, a sophomore transfer from Ironwood Ridge like Cassel who was not eligible until the sixth game of the season per AIA transfer rules. In his six games, Luke has rushed for 625 yards on 99 carries with 11 touchdowns. He is coming off a 193-yard performance at Lake Havasu last week. CDO coach Dustin Peace uses a stable of backs in addition to Luke. Jose Alba, another sophomore, has 417 yards on 97 rushes with five touchdowns. Alex Vargas, a sophomore, and juniors Kendric Astacio and Ethan Krominga have combined for 630 yards on 127 carries with six touchdowns. Division I lineman prospect Sa’Kylee Woodard, only a sophomore, is a force on the line that buys Dawes time and opens holes for Luke and Co. Glendale sophomore linebacker Victor Padilla leads the Cardinals with 84 tackles while junior linebackers Christian Perry and James Ortiz have combined for 23 tackles for loss. Ortiz has a team-high 5.5 sacks. Junior Dukulay, a senior cornerback, has three interceptions.
When Glendale has the ball:
Run percentage: 70.6 (372 rushes)
Pass percentage: 29.4 (154 passes)
Zecheriah Owens, a sophomore quarterback, and senior running Keyon Walker have each rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the Cardinals. Owens has gained 1,142 yards on 127 carries with 10 touchdowns and Walker has accumulated 1,385 yards on 155 rushes with 19 touchdowns. Owens has also completed 100 of 154 pass attempts for 1,733 yards with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. His two main targets are Dukulay, who has 26 catches for 692 with nine touchdowns, and Logan Smith, who has 446 yards on 29 receptions with three touchdowns. CDO’s top six tacklers are underclassmen led by junior outside linebacker Manuel Zamorano (51 tackles, 10 for loss). Neustadter, who is now at Adams State, has a younger brother — Mavrick — who is a junior cornerback with 35 tackles. Beck is also a cornerback who has three interceptions.
Lake Havasu — CDO went on the road last week and beat No. 5 Lake Havasu 35-21 in the opening round of the playoffs. Glendale beat Lake Havasu 58-28 at home on Sept. 24.
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