Defending Class 5A state champion Gilbert Williams Field were handed their first loss since the 2015 state playoffs last week and Friday night Scottsdale Chaparral made it two losses in a row for the Blackhawks with a 33-7 blowout.
Chaparral sophomore quarterback Jack Miller, one of the top ranked quarterbacks in the 2020 class 247Sports, threw for three touchdowns and added another on the ground as the Firebirds bounced back from big loss to Valencia, CA.
From the beginning, it was all Chaparral and the Blackhawks never didn’t seem to settle in on the offensive side while they dealt with relentless pressure from an intense Firebirds defense. Chaparral head coach Thomas Lewis said keeping Williams Field quarterback Zach Shepherd uncomfortable in the pocket was one major thing they focused on heading into Friday night.
“I mean last year watching him play, he was very good in the pocket especially a comfortable pocket,” Lewis said. “So, the whole idea was to get him moving in the pocket, make him a little less accurate and kind of take the direction off his throws.”
The Chaparral game plan worked, after a small first drive and a dropped pass on 4th down for Williams Field, Miller took over and the Firebirds never looked back.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Division I prospect, scrambled for 24-yard gain and five plays later found fellow sophomore Tommy Christakos in the back of the endzone for the first six points of the ball game.
While the Blackhawks offense couldn’t find a rhythm, the defense looked strong in the first half. After a quick…
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