Isaac Chacon’s four touchdowns propelled the Canyon Del Oro Dorados over the Marana Tigers 40-12 on Friday night.
The Tigers looked sharp on their first offensive possession, driving to the Dorados’ five-yard line, but a personal foul and subsequent sack of quarterback Ben Honea pushed Marana to fourth and 32, forcing a punt.
The Dorados took full advantage of the shift in momentum, finding the end zone just four plays later after an 89-yard drive allowed Chacon the one-yard score.
The mistakes just continued to multiply for the Tigers.
On fourth and six, CDO took punt formation, but the Tigers’ defense was penalized for too many men on the field, giving the Dorados a fourth and one opportunity that was converted by Chacon.
Quarterback Leo Khawam then found wide receiver Robert Padilla for a gain of 22, and finished the job by connecting with Tommy Sawyer for a seven-yard touchdown.
CDO stayed aggressive out of the half, opening the third quarter by recovering their onsides kick, and then driving to the Marana one-yard line, where Chacon would convert to build a 20-0 lead.
The Tigers had no answer for Chacon, who would strike again in the next offensive possession for an 18-yard score.
“I have to give it up to my offensive line,” said Chacon about his ability to find space. “I give it up to everyone who was blocking for me, because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been able to score like I did.”
The Tigers finally found the end zone on an 80-yard kick return by Eric Huerta, but Chacon answered with his fourth touchdown run of the game to give the Dorados more than enough cushion leading into the fourth quarter.
“He’s the ultimate worker,” said head coach Dustin Peace about the senior running back Chacon. “It’s very special to see him succeed. He’s been doing everything for us this year and holding everything together. Our spirits have been so up all the way across, and it has been because of captains like him.”
Marana continued to struggle offensively with six turnovers in the game, one of which was an interception converted by linebacker Alijah Cordova for a 32-yard touchdown, giving CDO a 40-6 lead.
“They were moving the ball a little bit, but when they would make some bad decisions, we were able to capitalize,” said Peace. “I’m very proud of the way our defense played. It was exciting to see the boys put it all together – some defense and some offense.”
Marana scored just once more on a carry by running back Davon Roebuck, but there was little the Tigers could do with the time they had to mount a comeback.
The Dorados move to 3-6, but will fall short of playoff contention. Still, Peace is happy with how his team has grown since the beginning of the season.
“These past few weeks have been big,” he said. “I think last week and this week were our two best games. If we could have played this way on a more consistent basis, we might be looking at a different situation, but that’s what’s so special about this team, that we’re still growing and we never gave up, and that’s a great message for these young men to take away from this year.”
The Tigers (3-6) were led by Roebuck, who had 13 carries for 82 yards to go with an interception and solo touchdown.
The Tigers will take on a winless Catalina Foothills team next Friday, while CDO will close out its season against Amphitheater.