It may have looked easy, but Scottsdale Christian Academy’s 37-26 win over Joseph City Friday had its fair share of obstacles.
Joseph City, a Class 1A school, plays eight-man football while 2A Scottsdale Christian is accustomed to playing with 11 on the field.
To accommodate the rules of both classes, the teams played eight-man football when Joseph City went on offense and switched to 11 men when Scottsdale Christian was on offense.
“It’s definitely weird,” SCA quarterback Jacob Storrer said. “It took a little while to get used to it. We really didn’t figure it out until the third quarter.”
Storrer said the Eagles knew it was going to be tough so they made adjustments in practice to feel more comfortable playing with only eight men on defense.
“We came in with a really good game plan,” he said. “It’s just that nothing substitutes for the game.”
Although the field was 100 yards long it was about 15 yards narrower than a typical field to comply with 1A standards.
Scottsdale Christian (3-0) faced two more obstacles when running back Jeff Matney injured his arm in the second quarter after putting the Eagles on the board with a 39-yard touchdown run.
Running back Taylor Barnes was also injured and taken out of the game in the third quarter. Barnes completed a 70-yard carry but was knocked down at the 2-yard line. Storrer later punched it in for a touchdown.
Joseph City running back Zack Baldwin scored two touchdowns for the Wildcats (3-1). Baldwin caught a 50-yard pass from quarterback Tracy Poudrier at the end of the second quarter to cut Scottsdale Christian’s lead to 16-14, but the eagles never relinquished the lead.
Scottsdale Christian also defeated Joseph City last season in a nail-biter.
“They did a better job of defending us this year.” Eagles coach Jeff Fox said. “They have a handful of really special players. They’re well coached and they played tough football.”