It wasn’t supposed to be this easy.
Camp Verde lost to Chandler Valley Christian last season by a single score and the Cowboys played Class 3A’s top-ranked team, Lakeside Blue Ridge, dead even for a half last week.
Valley Christian entered the season with a lot of fresh faces and a whole lot of holes to fill.
None of that mattered Friday in Camp Verde. Once Valley Christian (3-2, 1-0 region) found some balance to its offense, it was lights out in a surprisingly easy, 44-6, 2A Central Region win.
“We knew we hadn’t played to our capabilities yet this season,” Trojans coach Bill Morgan said. “After this last week in practice, it looks like we finally figured it out.”
Valley’s ground game was as efficient as ever, churning out 278 yards in the first half and then getting a 60-yard touchdown run from Blake Argo to open the third quarter with a 44-0 lead.
But Morgan said the emergence of a passing game was the difference. Quarterback Jordan Morgan, the coach’s son, completed 4-of-8 passes for 72 yards and Valley had its way with the Cowboys (3-3, 0-1).
“We’ve had some confusion with the offense over what we were trying to do so we simplified things this week,” Morgan said. “It was nice to see the passing game step it up.”
Valley used 10 different ball-carriers Friday on its way to 369 rushing yards. Argo finished the game with seven carries for 107 yards and the TD. Fellow running back Jimmy Oum had seven carries for 88 yards and two TDs.
“I think it finally registered tonight that we can be a pretty good football team,” Morgan said. “This game can be a springboard to bigger things.”