Chandler football primed to continue dominance at state level

The Wolves are on a lengthy winning streak and are taking aim at a sixth consecutive state title


Marco Verch

The Chandler Wolves, coached by Rick Garretson, are a high school football juggernaut looking to claim a sixth consecutive state championship this season. The program has sent several players to the National Football League over the years.

After a convincing 41-21 win over Peoria’s Liberty Lions, the Wolves of Chandler High School extended their win streak to 40 consecutive games.

Chandler’s last loss occurred in Week 1 of the 2018 season, a 35-14 defeat to California powerhouse Centennial.

The Wolves’ winning streak is impressive enough, but the school is looking to secure a sixth consecutive state championship this season. Chandler started this season ranked 21st in the nation, but have already moved up nine spots to 12th.

“Both sides of the ball (Friday) and special teams played (well) together for the first time I think, and it showed, and we made something happen tonight,” starting quarterback Blaine Hipa told 12 News. “We made a statement, and people better watch out for us.”

Chandler tends to have one of Arizona’s most talented high school football rosters, with multiple players often of interest to major NCAA football programs. The school also has sent several players to the NFL, including New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan, Arizona State and New England Patriots receiver N’Keal Harry, and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Brett Hundley.

On this year’s squad, quarterback Hipa has scholarship offers from Hawaii and SEC program Tennessee. Wide receiver Kyion Grayes is committed to play for Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State. Seniors like Quaron Adams, Travis Roberts, and Alfred Smith were all part of last year’s title run, highlighting the team’s vast experience as they gear up for another championship push.