The opening drive of the anticipated Chandler versus Valor Christian football game played on a chilly night in Colorado, was a snapshot of the remainder of the game as the very balanced Chandler, Arizona Wolves used the legs of Chase Lucas and the talent of quarterback Bryce Perkins and his big receivers to score early. The big play of the opening drive saw Perkins hit 6-3 205 pound target Justin Jan for 30 yards. Lucas on the first drive and all night, behind his offensive line, punished the Valor front, gaining five yards on every touch. The drive finished as Perkins hit another big target, 6-4 209 pound N’Keal Harry for a touchdown. The Wolves added a two point conversion to jump out 8-0.
The highlight of the Valor opening drive was a nice pitch and catch from Dylan McCaffrey to Sid Turnbull, but the Eagles could not capitalize failing to convert on 3rd and 10. On the Chandler possession Valor looked to be in business when senior safety Quentin Holley got an interception on a tipped pass. Deep in Chandler territory, the Valor offense faltered and was forced to try a field goal that was blocked by the Wolves.
With the ball, Chandler followed the formula, working Lucas on the edges for solid run gains and hitting passes against the Valor secondary. Deep in Valor territory, Perkins again found N’Keal Harry for a touchdown grab. Opting for the PAT, Chandler moved out 15-0.
Chandler finished the scoring of the half and for the night after a Valor turnover, Perkins found Justin Jan in the end zone with a 13 yard pass.
To the credit of the Valor D and with the help of multiple Chandler miscues, The Wolves failed to score in the second half. Valor added a late, three yard Tanner Tadra rush touchdown, but it was much too little, way too late.
The game was a good tune up as Chandler heads back to Arizona to face defending state champ Mountain Pointe in a very high profile matchup. For Valor, losing to a very talented out of state opponent should be a building block in an attempt to defend the Colorado 5A title. Most concerning for the Eagles as they move into conference play is the fact that they were dominated on both side of the line of scrimmage. The Valor defensive line had no answer for Chase Lucas as he ran off the right side for nearly 140 yards. The young Valor offensive line, all new starters, did not give McCaffrey any time to throw the ball.