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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:00 pm

A few weeks ago, on a slightly overcast afternoon, the Canyon Del Oro High School football team took to their practice field once again as they prepared for their upcoming season.

Coming off of a 7-4 season in 2011, Head Coach Dustin Peace said his team has high expectations as they always have.

“We had a successful season I thought last year,” Peace said. “I would have measured it as a successful season just from the fact that we started 0-2 and put on a good run and ended by finishing 10th in state.”

For Peace’s fourth year as the head coach for the Dorados, he has a slightly more shallow team than he has had in the past with 38 dressed, opposed to his usual of about 45 players. But, with some returning players, Peace believes the lack of players won’t matter.

“A huge strength for us this year is the guys we have coming in to back up the line,” he said. “The year before, that was one of our deficiencies. We had one part-time returner last year. This year we have all but one who played for us last year.”

Peace feels the team’s tailback Isaac Chacon will be the Dorados’ main ball carrier this year.

Chacon, who started playing for CDO his freshman year on the junior varsity team and moved up to the varsity team his sophomore year, feels good about the upcoming season.

“It feels good to be around our team because we have bonded so much,” said Chacon, who is one of the team’s three captains. “It feels right to be around each other.”

The other two team captains, offensive lineman Sang Lee and offensive tackle and defensive end Rhett Sutherland echoed what Chacon said about bonding and uniting together as a team during the summer months.

“We weren’t as much of a family last year, and I feel like we have united as a family this year,” Lee said as the rest of the team huddled near by chanting “D-O-R-A-D-O, Dorados, Dorados, Dorados,” followed by cheering and getting pumped up for practice.

“That’s all family right there, that’s all family,” Lee said looking at the huddle.

Sutherland is trying to stay focused one game at a time and helping out the younger players on the team.

“I am just looking forward to showing the younger kids the ropes and hopefully getting prepared for next year, just showing what it means to play football and the meaning of life,” Sutherland said.

In the younger ranks of the team, Peace made a few changes from last year. One of them was with junior Max Anae, who played as a defensive and offensive lineman last season. This year, Peace moved him to tailback and fullback.

Peace expects CDO junior Jacob Parker to one of the team’s top players, as well, on both sides of the ball.

The Dorados had a tough opening week, losing 36-0 to Ironwood Ridge.

Now at 0-1, CDO will face Mountain View Friday for the team’s first home game.


2012 Dorados Schedule

Date     Opponent    

8/31     vs Mountain View

9/7       vs Chavez

9/14     @ Williams Field

9/21     vs Flowing Wells

9/28     @ Salpointe Catholic

10/5     vs Catalina Foothills    

10/12   vs Tucson

10/19   @Marana

10/26   @Amphitheater


All games begin at 7 p.m.

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HS Schedule


Aug. 21

Hamilton @ Ironwood Ridge

Rio Rico @ Marana

Catalina Foothills @ Desert Edge

Aug. 28

CDO @ Gilbert

Mountain View @ La Joya Community

Pueblo @ Catalina Foothills

Pusch Ridge @ Bisbee

Sep. 4

CDO @ Tucson High Magnet School

Westwood @ Ironwood Ridge

Horizon @ Mountain View

Marana @ Pueblo

Benson @ Pusch Ridge

Catalina Foothills @ Cienega

Sep. 11

CDO @ Sahuaro

Salpointe @Ironwood Ridge

Mountain View @ Sunnyside

Arcadia @ Marana

McClintock @ Catalina Foothills

Pusch Ridge @ Combs

Sep. 18

Cienega @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge @ Tucson High

Buena @ Mountain View

Marana @ Tempe

Catalina Foothills @ Rincon/University

Pusch Ridge @ Amphi

Sep. 25

Buena @ CDO

Sahuaro @ Ironwood Ridge

Mountain View at Cienega

Marana @ Catalina Foothills

Cholla @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 2

CDO @ Ironwood Ridge

Queen Creek @ Mountain View

Nogales @ Marana

Catalina Foothills @ Safford

Sahuarita @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 9

Poston Butte @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge @ Queen Creek

Shadow Ridge @ Mountain View

Marana @ Desert View

Nogales @ Catalina Foothills

Pusch Ridge @ Flowing Wells

Oct 16

CDO @ Queen Creek

Ironwood Ridge @ Marcos de Niza

Mountain View @ Poston Butte

Rincon/University @ Marana

Catalina Foothills @ Sabino

Pueblo @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 23

Mountain View @ CDO

Poston Butte @ Ironwood Ridge

Marana @ Safford

Desert View @ Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 30

CDO @ Campo Verde 

Ironwood Ridge @ Mountain View

Sabino @ Marana

Pusch Ridge @ Rio Rico

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