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
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
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.