After Chandler Valley Christian coach Bill Morgan was forced to miss last week’s 2A Central Region title game against Scottsdale Christian, his son, freshman running back Jordan Morgan, surprised him with a nice “Welcome Back” gift in his return to the sidelines.
Jordan Morgan rushed for two touchdowns, recovered a fumble and returned an interception 39 yards to set up a touchdown to help Valley Christian (8-2) trounce visiting Camp Verde, 34-14, and advance in the 2A playoffs on Friday.
“It was a nice game for me to be back on the field coaching,” Morgan said, who was ejected two weeks ago, which resulted in the suspension last week.
“I’m really proud of Jordan. I’m proud that he’s my son.”
The Trojans, who defeated Camp Verde 41-29 on Sept. 29, used a three-back system, which combined for more than 300 rushing yards on Friday night.
Sophomore running back Anthony Kereluk, who entered the contest 149 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark, had 12 carries for 151 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run with five seconds remaining in the second quarter to put the Trojans ahead 21-6 at the half.
“Now that we’ve got Jordan in that balance running, we’ve got three backs, plus our quarterback that they have to deal with,” Morgan said.
Morris Houghland intercepted Camp Verde quarterback Mike Boler on Valley Christian’s 10-yard line to seal the victory and help the Trojans advance to the second round against visiting No. 11 Antelope at 7 p.m. Friday.