Chaparral’s playoff run ends with defeat to Paramount
By Tim Meehan
TEMECULA — The past month, Chaparral has been able to stop some of the area’s top offensive attacks while putting up an impressive amount of points on the board. In the second half on Friday, the Pumas simply couldn’t stop the oncoming truck that is the Paramount Pirates.
The visiting Pirates won their 11th consecutive game, this one a 34-21 triumph over Chaparral in Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal game.
The Pirates (11-1) play Moorpark in next week’s semifinals.
The visitors came into Friday’s game having outscored their opponents 174-13 in the past month. But the stout Pumas defense held Paramount to six points and 149 yards of total offense in the first half as Chaparral (7-5) held a 7-6 lead at halftime.
“We missed some opportunities to take the lead in the first half but it’s not like they didn’t have an impact on what we were doing as a football team,” Chaparral head coach Jeremy McCullough said. “They’re 11-1 for a reason. In a quarterfinal game, we’ve got to find a way to finish those drives.”
The Pirates caught the hosts on their heels with a near-perfect 80-yard drive to open the game. Quarterback Cedric Hood (15 for 30, 176 yards) was 4 for 4 on the drive, culminating in a 36-yard touchdown pass to Darius Wallace for the early lead.
The Pumas’ special teams came up big, as they have done all season, with a block of the point-after try. The unit followed that up with a blocked punt that gave the Pumas the ball deep in Pirates territory. Stanley Dixon finished a short drive with a 2-yard touchdown run for the 7-6 lead.
From there, the Pumas defense held the visitors in check until the second half.
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