Valley Christian wins the Metro

Trojans crush SCA to win region title

There's no question about it.  Valley Christian is the best team in 2A.  They might be the best team in 2A AND 3A combined.  Just ask the Scottsdale Christian Academy Eagles.  With four shutouts on the season and a win against Phoenix Christian, the Eagles were no match for the Trojans last Thursday night on the Cox7 Game of the Week, losing 48-6 to a big, fast, experienced Valley Christian squad.


The Trojans marched down the field after the opening kickoff, slicing through the Eagle defense and scoring on a 20 yard strike from senior signal caller Ben Bergsma to Dane Rymer to go ahead 7-0.  The next time the Trojans got the ball, they called on tailback Reggie Sheffield.  The senior carried it in from 4 yards and the Trojans were off and running, 14-0.  Sheffield, who squats over 400 pounds, gained over 150 yards on the night and scored three times.  Then came one of the wackiest plays of the season.  Valley Christian fullback JP Grako rumbled inside the Scottsdale five where safety Luke Savidge pulled the ball from his grasp.  However, Savidge proceeded to fumble it and Sheffield picked it up and ran untouched into the end zone.  21-0 Valley Christian.


The Eagles finally put some offense together late in the second quarter.  Junior Thomas Slager completed 3 passes as he marched SCA 77 yards in 10 plays, finally getting on the scoreboard on a nice toss to Savidge.  The extra point was no good and the Eagles trailed at the half 21-6.


The second half was all Trojans.  Grako scored on a 65 yard screen play from Bergsma and a short run.  Sheffield ended it early in the fourth on a nifty run.  Under 2A rules, a 42 point lead after halftime is a mercy rule. 


Scottsdale ran up against a buzz saw in this game.  The Trojans are determined not to come up short as they did last year when they lost to Phoenix Christian in the finals after going undefeated to that point.  The Eagles, who have made the playoffs for the first time since moving up to 2A, had some bright spots.  Defensive end Nick Hoogervorst and linebacker John Crowell did a nice job most of the night stopping Sheffield.   Slager keeps improving each week but will need to avoid the interceptions if Scottsdale is to advance in the playoffs. 


The Trojans again played sloppy but their talent is far superior to their opponents at this point.  They have a huge offensive line led by Jake Groth and Nick Hernandez that is as good as most 4A schools.  Grako and Sheffield are a devastating 1-2 punch in the backfield.  Mark Timpani is an emerging force on defense.  And, Phil Roffi and Rhymer could start in just about any secondary.  It's going to take a superior effort to beat Bill Morgan's Trojans this season.  Morgan's brother Mike, the head coach at St. John's, found out first hand as he attended the game to scout out potential playoff opponents.  He probably didn't like what he saw of little brother Bill's squad.  A potentially huge match-up in the finals looms with the two Morgan brothers.


Don't miss next weeks Thursday night telecast when Cox7 goes to Red Mountain for the Westwood/ Red Mountain match-up.  This will be a good one. Red Mountain ruined Westwood's perfect season a year ago and would love to do it again.  They will probably need a win to get into the playoffs.  Westwood would love to knock the Mountain Lions out of the playoff scenario and clinch the #1 seed for the playoffs.  Don't miss this one next Thursday night at 7 on Cox7, the home of high school sports.  

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