Boys Varsity Football · Football Update

The Firebirds are off to a slow start in 2017. In the first game of the year versus Desert Mountain High School, the Firebirds blew a 20-0 halftime lead, losing on a untimed play at the end of the game due to a penalty. The penalty was a roughing the passer after Kedon Slovis, DM QB, threw a 108 yard pick-six. The game ended 28-27 with the Wolves completing a major comeback. Back-up quarterback Davis Chauhan stepped in for Jack Miller and had the game of his life going 16-20 with over 300 yards.
The Firebirds rebounded against Horizon whom they lost to last year. Chaparral ended with a 24-20 win that featured the defense holding strong against a big Horizon offensive line. The Birds defense held on multiple drives to end the game.
The next game Chaparral traveled to Valencia, California, to take on the Vikings. Valencia is a top 100 team in the nation and were a very disciplined, fast team. The Firebirds got beat 56-14 in a game that seemed to be over after the first quarter. The 35-0 deficit at the end of the first looked insurmountable, but the Firebirds held the offense to 0 points in the second and third but give a couple late touchdowns to end the game.
Jack Miller saw his first action and continuously saw pressure in his face all night. He made plays on his feet. The offense was stalemated for the first half, but built chemistry in the second half with Jack Miller connecting to receivers during the scramble drills.
Chaparral will face the reigning state champions Williams Field for their first home game of the year. Williams Field, coming off their first loss in two years, will look to win their third straight against the Firebirds. Chaparral will look to even up their record and get some revenge on Williams Field after the playoff loss last year. This will be the first game played on the new artificial turf at Chaparral High School and the Firebirds look to use the home-field advantage to take the team to 2-2 and looking toward conference play.