Faced with a bigger opponent in the biggest game of the year, Scottsdale Christian relied on the big play.
Ryan Tully scored on runs of 61 and 88 yards Friday night as the Eagles built a 30-point lead in the first half and beat visiting Chandler Valley Christian 43-21.
The victory gave the Eagles (8-1 overall, 5-0 region) the 2A Metro Region title over Valley Christian (7-2, 4-1). Both schools will play host to first-round playoff games next week.
Tully set the tone for the game on Scottsdale Christian’s first play from scrimmage, taking a sweep to the right for 61 yards and a touchdown. Tully finished with 16 carries for 205 yards — 185 of which came in the first half.
“He has size and speed,” Eagles coach Jeff Fox said. “He’s a great weapon to have.”
Tully wasn’t the only big-play weapon in Scottsdale Christian’s arsenal.
Quarterback Jeff Storrer came up big plays, too. Storrer threw scoring passes of 25 and 32 yards, and also scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards.
The Eagles scored the first three times they had the ball. They missed two conversions before passing for a two-point PAT to take a 20-0 lead with 9:35 left in the half.
“The offensive line won the battle for us up front,” Fox said. “We are able to do that against an opponent that’s bigger in terms of size.”
The Trojans got on the board when Brock Longanecker ran 61 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-7. Longanecker finished with 134 yards on eight carries.
A muff on the kickoff left the Eagles with the ball at their 12. Tully broke through the first play, going the distance for the score.
“Being able to answer after they scored was big for us,” Fox said.
The Eagles added another touchdown on a 32-yard pass from Storrer to Mark Hopkins with 3:41 left in the half.
Scottsdale Christian got three more with no time showing in the half. Adam Siwek intercepted a pass and took it to the Valley Christian 6. Time expired, but there was a penalty against the Trojans.
The Eagles wound up getting a field goal from Matt Taylor to make it 37-7.