The Chandler Wolves and Perry Pumas went blow-for-blow during the first three minutes of Friday’s playoff game, trading touchdowns on their first possessions, but after that, it was all Chandler.
The No. 2 Wolves’ explosive offense proved to be too much in a 62-20 win over the No. 3 Pumas in the 6A state semifinal contest at Hamilton High School.
Chandler plays top-seeded Mountain Pointe in the title game next Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
“We thought we were more athletic than they were,” Chandler coach Shaun Aguano said. “We just needed to stay focused in making sure we put the pedal to the metal the whole time.”
It was big play after big play from the Chandler offense Friday night ,starting from the first touch with a 72-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff by Kendon Walker.
“If you’re not going to kick the ball in the end zone, you better pray because those guys back there are fast,” Aguano said.
Senior running back TJ Green was the go-to guy on offense, ending the night with six touchdowns including touchdown runs of 90, 59 and 42 yards and a 46-yard touchdown catch.
Green has experienced the high of winning it all with the Wolves in 2014 and the disappointment of coming up short last season, losing to Desert Ridge in the semifinals.
“Being on the losing side of it definitely is not a good feeling,” Green said. “We stressed this week that we didn’t want to end up like last year so we just kept our focus and we came out successful.”
Mountain Pointe is the only in-state team that has beaten Chandler this season and it wasn’t pretty. The Wolves fell 52-7 to the Pride during their first meeting on September 8th.
Green said his team is ready for a rematch.
“Meeting them in the championship has always been the goal,” he said. “We want to get back at them. That’s who we want to see.”