Citizen Staff Writer
CANYON DEL ORO 35 CHOLLA 0
The Canyon del Oro passing game was struggling against Cholla, so the Dorados turned to a very effective running game.
CDO (8-1, 3-0) defeated the Chargers 35-0 as the visiting Dorados rushed for 296 yards.
Griffin Ronstadt would not be denied, scoring four rushing touchdowns; the longest was seven yards. He finished with 193 yards on 23 carries in the Class 4A Sonoran game.
“We were really lackluster with the passing game, so I knew I had to step it up. I was running hard and keeping my legs going,” Ronstadt said.
“We’re down to two running backs, so I just know I’ve got to carry my load and do what I’ve got to do to help the team. If that means carrying the ball 50 times a game, I’ll do it.”
Dorados senior quarterback Doug Steele struggled, throwing two interceptions in the second quarter and finishing with just 42 yards passing.
CDO coach Pat Nugent was happy with the defense’s shutout, but he said the team is “not clicking.”
The Dorados turned the ball over four times.
“Our expectations at CDO are pretty high and we have lofty goals,” Nugent said. “We’re just not achieving them every Friday night. It’s disappointing when you come out and we make mistakes. (We’re) not a championship football team.”
The Dorados are hoping that next week’s off week will help them recharge. They play at Pueblo on Nov. 7 in the last week of the regular season.
“We need this bye week big- time,” Ronstadt said. “Our offense is obviously struggling a little bit. We’ve just got to fine tune everything and get our reads down. We just need to get fundamentally sound.”
CDO sophomore running back Ka’Deem Carey missed his second consecutive game after pulling a hamstring early at Catalina Foothills on Oct. 10.
Cholla (0-8, 0-2) will play at home against Marana next week.