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)

2. CANYON DEL ORO (13-0)

Head coach: Dustin Peace
Dorados compete in the 4A Kino. Bold are playoff games. Championship 12/1 starts at 4 p.m. at ASU.
9/1at Bradshaw MountainW427
9/8Desert ViewW5020
9/15at AmphiW410
9/22at MaranaW4921
10/6at Catalina FoothillsW5014
10/13Mica MountainW1715
10/20at PuebloW467
11/3Walden GroveW219
11/9Poston ButteW4520
11/17AZ College PrepW (4OT)3327
11/24Mica MountainW237
12/1Yuma Catholic

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.

27. DESERT VIEW (3-4, 0-2)

Head coach: Robert Bonillas
Jaguars compete in the 5A Southern. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
8/25Willow CanyonW, 26-251-00-0
9/1NorthW, 25-72-00-0
9/8at Canyon del OroL, 50-202-10-0
9/15NogalesW, 49-133-10-0
9/22at Walden GroveL, 33-63-20-0
9/29Casa Grande*L, 50-63-30-1
10/6Buena*L, 36-143-40-2
10/20at Marana*------
10/27at Cienega*------

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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