CASA GRANDE – If all cylinders are firing efficiently on offense for both teams, Friday night’s football game between Casa Grande Union and Chandler Seton Catholic at Al Van Hazel Stadium has the potential of being a high-scoring affair.
Defensive stops will be crucial for teams that both posted 50-plus points last week. The Sentinels (2-1) are coming off a 51-48 win over Queen Creek Benjamin Franklin. The Cougars (3-0) routed previously undefeated Maricopa 55-0.
“We’ve have a lot to prepare for,” CG Union coach Jake Barro said of facing a Seton squad that averages 38.3 points and 424 total yards (156 rushing, 268 passing). “They can do multiple things.”
And so can the Cougars, who average 38.7 points and 486 total yards (294 rushing, 192 passing).
“If we control the line of scrimmage, both offensively and defensively, I think we’ll come away with the win,” Barro said. Avoiding turnovers and an excess of penalties also are high on the must-do list for CG Union.
The Cougars are steadily improving, Barro said.
“The first two games, we were trying to figure things out. Last week, everything clicked. Our execution is getting better,” he said.
CG Union compiled a season-best 552 total yards against Maricopa, rushing for 238 and passing for 314. Quarterback Angel Flores went 10 of 13 with three touchdown passes. Two went to DeAndray Kelley, who had three catches for 100 yards with a long of 62. The other was to Anthony Flores, who made a spectacular catch near the back of the end zone for a 46-yard score.
RJ Keeton rushed for 121 yards and three TDs on 13 carries. He enters this week’s game with 469 yards on 58 attempts (8.1 average, 156.3 per game) and seven of CG Union’s nine rushing TDs. Angel Flores, who has rushed for 306 yards (102.0 per game), has the other two.
Andon Diaz returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown. He has a team-leading four picks on the season.
Anthony Flores enters with four touchdowns on 10 receptions that have produced 194 yards. Kelley averages 22.4 yards on seven catches – three of which have gone for TDs – and Demetrius Garrett has four receptions for 106 yards (26.5 average) with a long of 42.
“It makes my job easier when we have weapons like that,” Barro said.
Seton also has an array of go-to guys: all-purpose running back Mikey Castro, quarterback Jake Morris and wide receiver Mikey Williamson.
Castro averages 10.2 yards per carry (he gained 133 yards and scored three TDs against Benjamin Franklin) and 14.6 per reception. Castro has seven touchdowns total. Morris threw for 281 yards and four TDs against Benjamin Franklin (2-1). Williamson has 19 catches for 497 yards (26.2 per catch) and seven TDs.
“I’m hoping our defense can shut them down and give us some breathing room,” Barro said.
CG Union’s defense is allowing 11.7 points per game. Seton is giving up 38.0 points.
The Sentinels accumulated 365 total yards (107 rushing, 258 passing) in a 29-19 victory over Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain (1-2) and 492 (227 rushing, 265 passing) in a 47-35 loss to Glendale Deer Valley (2-0). CG Union racked up 423 total yards (240 rushing, 183 passing) against Phoenix Sunnyslope (1-1) and 483 (404 rushing, 79 passing) at Peoria (1-2).
Barro is a Seton graduate and was an assistant coach at the school from 2010-13, helping the Sentinels win the Division IV state championship in 2012.
CG Union has played Seton twice, winning 41-14 in 2016 and losing 45-14 in 2017.