Canyon del Oro 40, Gilbert Williams Field 21

2011-09-17T00:00:00Z 2011-09-17T06:52:30Z Canyon del Oro 40, Gilbert Williams Field 21Daniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 17, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Canyon del Oro took a little time to get rolling against Williams Field, but once it did the host Dorados seemed unstoppable.

Especially when Blake Martinez was on the field.

The 6-foot-2-inch senior tight end/linebacker, who has verbally committed to Stanford, dominated both sides of the ball. He scored three touchdowns three different ways with Stanford linebacker coach Jason Tarver watching from the sideline as CDO won 40-21.

"Just knowing the Stanford coach was here watching me," Martinez said, "we all came together and everything happened the right way.

"If all of us didn't play as a whole, I wouldn't have been able to score on the plays that I did."

Martinez ran for a score, caught another TD and returned an onside kick for a score. He finished with five catches for 70 yards.

The Dorados (2-2) pulled away from Williams Field with a 20-point third quarter. Going in, the Division III fourth-ranked Hawks (3-1) had outscored their opponents 125-9.

The Dorados (2-2), who won their second straight, found their swagger with a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive late in the first half to take a 14-7 lead.

Quarterback Cooper Smith rolled to the right and found a seam up the sideline for a 13-yard score with 25.5 seconds left. He connected with Martinez for the two-point conversion.

"We made big play when we needed to make big plays," CDO coach Dusty Peace said. "That drive was a huge momentum shift, and then we came out and had another phenomenal third quarter like we did last week."

Smith kept the drive alive with a 10-yard screen pass to Martinez on fourth and 3.

"We had momentum; we were looking to keep the flow going," said Smith, who led the team in rushing with 60 yards on 11 carries. "We've got big playmakers - we just have to get the ball in their hands."

The half ended with Martinez sacking the Black Hawks' Jeddediah Fagg.

That momentum carried into the second half. After CDO forced a three and out, the Black Hawks botched the snap on the punt and gave the Dorados the ball at the 3. CDO's Jason Vartanian scored on the next play to make it 20-7.

Just when the Black Hawks began to move the ball, Clint Cochrane made an interception at midfield and returned it to the 36 with 8:28 left in the third quarter.

Less than three minutes after that, Smith found Martinez open around the 20, and he plowed his way in on a 30-yard touchdown run. After the kick CDO led 27-7.

Then Williams Field's Sean Schweichler - who scored all three of the visitors' TDs - fumbled the kickoff, and Dillon Davidson returned it 21 yards for a score to push the Dorados' lead to 34-7.

There was a scary moment with 4:44 left in the third when Martinez when down after a tackle. But he said it was just cramps, and he showed his resiliency by returning an onside kick 48 yards for a TD late in the fourth quarter.

CDO took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Martinez scored on a 3-yard rush.

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