8-1 Paradise Valley traveled to 7-2 Chaparral with a section title on the line. PV scored first and never looked back.
The Trojans went on a 6 minute drive to start the game and ended up kicking a 26 yard field goal to take the early 3-0 lead. After forcing a Chaparral punt, PV went right back to work. Junior QB Daniel Bridge-Gadd made plays with his legs and his arm. He scramble don 4th and 1 for a first down and then some, putting the ball at the 8 yard line. He then hit Jacob Brown on an 8 yard pass to push the lead to 10-0.
Chaparral was able to march the field using safety Kurt Shugart in the backfield and keep the game close at 10-3 after a Chris Sanchez field goal. This was Chaparral's second possession of the game and would be their last of the half.
PV moved down the field and missed a 43 yard field goal at the end of the 1st half. 10-3.
Chaparral got the ball to start the 2nd half and after a good return to midfield, went right back to the hot hand in Shugart but he came up hurt after an 18 yard gain. PV linebacker Zack Compestine came up with an interception to end the drive.
PV capitalized. Bridge-Gadd completed a 24 yard pass to Brandon Best on 3rd and 16 and then hit James Dragon on a 24 harder to put the Trojans up 16-3 in the 3rd.
Chaparral had two chances to get back in the game in the 3rd and 4th quarters but came up short. DT Chris Duran blocked a PV punt and put the Firebirds in scoring range but PV linebacker Max Van Kempen came up with another interception to thwart that drive.
Chaparral then put a drive together to start the 4th but turned the ball over on downs at the 17 yard line. Two personal fouls gave PV the ball at midfield and Bridge-Gadd scored on a 2 yard run to clinch the game and section title for Paradise Valley.
Final- Paradise Valley 23 Chaparral 3
Congrats to PV head coach Greg Davis. He has done a marvelous job this year. Not taking anything away from Paradise Valley but Chaparral's offense couldn't get anything going tonight. When Kurt Shugart went down, the Firebirds lost one of their best defensive players, the only threat on offense they had and their return man.
PV did a great job of controlling the clock, not turning the ball over and making plays in clutch situations.
PV junior QB Daniel Bridge-Gadd made a ton of plays for the Trojans. He threw 2 TD passes and ran in a 3rd score but he kept drives alive and converted several times on crucial 3rd and 4th downs.
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