CHANDLER – The Chandler Lions scored first but were unable to keep pace with Stroud, losing 44-22 Thursday evening.
“It's a long road coming from where we're coming from,” coach Jack Gray said. “We played well in spots. There were times when the physicality was there, but the biggest thing with us is consistency. We just need to be more disciplined and we'll be a good team.”
Chandler's first drive resulted in a touchdown. A nine-play drive was capped off by a Chabon Anderson and Dylan Mahan connection of 24 yards. The extra point by freshman kicker Jarin Greenfield gave Chandler an early 7-0 lead.
Stroud scored on their next possession and converted a two-point conversion taking the lead 8-7 with 3:58 left in the first quarter.
Chandler went three and out on the ensuing possession and when Stroud was in the middle of a five-play drive, Chandler's Taylor Clagg recovered a fumble at midfield. The Lions were unable to capitalize on the field position.
Stroud scored on a 10-play drive that ended with a passing touchdown. They converted a two pointer and took a 16-7 lead.
The Lions made things interesting right before half when Anderson hooked up with Darian Mahan on a 16-yard touchdown. Greenfield took a bobbled snap in for a conversion, and Chandler trailed 22-15 with 1:48 left in the first half.
Chandler came out of the locker room with the momentum and Anderson broke a few tackles on his way to a 35-yard touchdown run. Greenfield connected on the extra point and the game was tied 22-22.
Greenfield made a big play on defense sacking the Stroud quarterback to stall another Tiger drive. Stroud went on to score 22 unanswered points in the second half.
Anderson led Chandler with 75 yards passing and two touchdowns. He added 75 yards on the ground with one touchdown.
Dylan McKinney was a workhorse for the Lions, carrying the rock 20 times for 72 yards. He also recorded one reception for 11 yards.
Darian Mahan caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Mahan's 34-yard touchdown reception was the only pass he caught in the loss.
Chandler (0-1) returns to action Aug. 31 when they host Oklahoma Centennial. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.