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Chatfield drops 41 points on Denver East in the 1st half

DENVER — Hurry-up offenses are all the vogue in football, but Chatfield seemingly gets plays off at warp speed. And in Week 2, the Chargers scored in the wink of an eye, too.
“It’s going really fast,’’ said senior receiver Jahrel Olson, one of the big benefactors of Chatfield’s move to a no-huddle, quick-snap offense with an increased emphasis on the forward pass. “We practice it so many times it’s becoming second nature.’’
Fresh off a season-opening, come-from-behind 23-21 upset of preseason No. 2-ranked Cherokee Trail in which they scored on the game’s final play, the Chargers struck stunned Denver East with a pair of 67-yard touchdown plays in the first three minutes Sept. 7 at Denver Public School Stadium. They added two more scores in the next 5½ minutes and cruised to a 41-0 victory with a running clock for the entire second half.
“Last week it took us five or six minutes to score, so either way is OK,” Chatfield coach Bret McGatlin said. “Our goal was to come out and get on top early. We didn’t want to look sluggish, and we didn’t.”
Sean O’Dell broke free for the first score on the third play from scrimmage, and two plays after an East punt, Olson went the same distance on a pass from junior Kyle Winkler. It was first of three long receptions and two touchdowns for Olson, a senior first-year varsity player who adds a new dimension and is one of the reasons the Chargers are going to the air more often this year.
“It’s nice when you have a deep threat,” McGatlin said of the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Olson, who also had a 37-yard touchdown catch and a 38-yard non-scoring reception in the second quarter.
Winkler almost hit 200 yards passing for the second straight week, finishing 9-of-12 for 196 yards and a third touchdown of 8 yards to Brandon Zanier, who caught the game-winner against Cherokee Trail. McGatlin said Chatfield’s run-pass yardage ratio last year was about 70-30. It’s about 50-50 so far in 2013.
Chatfield’s defense forced five first-half turnovers that led to three touchdowns — two fumble recoveries by lineman Wilson George, who also had a sack, and two interceptions by O’Dell, who rushed for a team-high 92 yards.
East remains scoreless after two games. It lost its opener 35-0 at Eaglecrest.
Some will question the validity of Chatfield’s win over Cherokee Trail, which played without a half-dozen suspended players, including its starting quarterback, and the quality of East under first-year coach Spencer Colter.
“We haven’t proven anything yet,’’ McGatlin conceded. “We have a lot to prove, and the guys know that.”