When Flagstaff came down the hill to play Moon Valley the story was offense vs defense. Previous to this game, Flagstaff had only allowed seventy-one points on the season. By the end of the game, Moon Valley was only a TD and a two-point conversion away from equaling that total.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Flagstaff quickly turns the ball over when Moon Valley sack specialist Isiah Smart blindsides Flagstaff QB Japhet Leviticus. Four plays later Moon Valley, QB Brian Wriston hits Matt Hain who then takes the ball from the left flat and scores. PAT good Moon Valley 7 Flagstaff O. On the following possession, Flagstaff is forced to punt and chooses to punt the ball into the hands of Chris McGaha. McGaha takes off for a forty-two yard return that sets up a twenty-six yard TD run on pitch right by Tsar Johnson. PAT good Moon Valley 14 Flagstaff O. On their next offensive possession, Moon Valley DB Brandon Redd picks off an Eagle pass and returns it for a TD. PAT good. Wham, bam, Moon Valley is up 21 – 0 and never looks back.
Early in the second quarter, Flagstaff is able to stop a Moon Valley scoring threat but is later forced to punt from deep in their own territory. A shank punt gives the Rockets the ball deep in Eagle territory. Brian Wriston quickly hits Tsar Johnson for a twenty yard TD reception. The PAT is blocked making the score 27-0 Moon Valley. After stopping Flagstaff, Moon Valley again scores after a sixty yard Wriston to Johnson pass sets up a one-yard TD plunge by Matt Hain. McGaha adds the two-point conversion on an option from Wriston. Half time score Moon Valley 35 Flagstaff 0.
The Moon Valley highlight reel quickly began playing in the second half when Chris Mcgaha takes off seventy-eights yards and scores off a Flagstaff punt. PAT good 42-0 Moon Valley. Flagstaff counters with its only offensive highlight of the night when huge Sophomore wideout James Brooks catches the ball and rumbles eighty-three yards for a score. This short burst of momentum is quickly countered when Wriston finds TE Jeff Jones on a twenty-yard TD strike up the seam. Making the score 49-7 Moon Valley at the end of three.
The fourth quarter starts with the Eagles backup QB Zach Hoague throwing a pick that is returned by LB Mike Devincenzo for a TD. This along with a late TD by Jr. RB Laron Harrington makes the final for the night Moon Valley 63 Flagstaff 7.
Bottom Line: Moon Valley can strike quickly and in many ways. Before Flagstaff knew what happened they were down 21 to 0!! We know about Johnson, Hain, McGaha and Wriston what we found out was that the young O and D line of Moon Valley was more than a match for the big line of Flagstaff. This sets up a dream 4A match up next week as Moon Valley takes on Centennial.
Game Ball:The Moon Valley offensive coaching staff. Moon Valley does a great job of getting its players the ball. Johnson, Hain and McGaha line up all over the place creating match up problems. The counter to Hain out of tight bunch trips for a 40+ yard gain was nice. Further, this offensive show takes place with an O line that starts no seniors.