Brooks carries Wolves across finish line of long journey SanTan Sun News

Brooks carries Wolves across finish line of long journey

December 21st, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Brooks carries Wolves across finish line of long journey
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By Michael Carpenter, Contributing Writer

With two state championship rings already, DeCarlos Brooks entered the 6A state-championship football game with a new role for the third straight year.
Contributing mostly on defense during his sophomore year in 2016, Brooks got his first taste of a state championship. Last year, he was the backup running back on another title team.
On Dec. 1 at Sun Devil Stadium, this time the stage was all his as Chandler High’s featured back, and he made the most of it. Brooks rushed for 334 yards and six touchdowns as the Wolves rolled to a 65-28 thrashing of cross-town rival Perry for another state championship.
Brooks stole the show but he tried to deflect attention afterward to be just another guy.
“These guys aren’t just my teammates, they are my family, my ‘ohana’ as we call each other,” Brooks said. “So, going in we knew that we had each other’s back and if we preformed the way that we expected we would get the win.
“This may be my third state championship, but this one is definitely the sweetest to be able to end my career with it.”
Also playing his last game for the Wolves was senior quarterback Jacob Conover, who, like Brooks, won his third straight state crown.
Conover became the first quarterback in modern state history to accomplish the feat in the highest classification.
He, too, has been among the key players behind Chandler’s rise to success. He was 12-0 as a starter in the playoffs in his career.
“Being able to have the same core of lineman over the past three seasons has been big,” he said. “They have been a major part of our success. If they aren’t protecting me they are opening up holes for DeCarlos. It’s great to have that sense of security with them.
“Coach (Shaun) Aguano has had a major role in my success. The way he teaches and brings us together as a squad is energizing. You get the feeling he would do anything for us so that helps us give it our all out there on the field for him.”
Aguano said having players like Brooks and Conover help make a coach look good.
“We gave DeCarlos the ball and we let him do what he has been doing all year,” Aguano said. “And having Jacob leading your offense you can count on him making very few, if any, mistakes.”
Aguano said the game plan was to start with a balanced run-pass mix to feel out the Pumas defense.
“We practice a balanced offense each week to be safe but after seeing our defensive and offensive fronts dominating we decided to just stick with DeCarlos and it worked out just fine,” Aguano said.
Chandler (13-1) says good-bye to the senior class that was the heart of a dynasty.
“It’s bittersweet,” Aguano said. “Losing all of them after this year will hurt, but for now I’m focused on celebrating with this team and our championship.”

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