No. 2 Scottsdale Christian Academy learned that all good things must come to an end Friday after losing 23-20 against No. 15 Bisbee in the first round of the state playoffs in Scottsdale.
The Eagles (8-2) challenged the Pumas (3-5) to an all-out battle, only to be shut down in the second half.
“It was a tough, and we didn’t have the intensity we needed at first,” Scottsdale Christian senior Ryan Tully said. “We took it for granted. We were region champs and we took it for granted.”
Scottsdale Christian played excellent defense the entire game.
Despite the effort, Scottsdale Christian could not recover from a first half plagued with penalties. The final blow came in the fourth quarter when Bisbee intercepted a pass allowing the Pumas a chance to run out the clock.
Eagles coach Jeff Fox said that each side had to earn every point scored and that he was proud of his team’s effort. He also acknowledged that a team’s record only determines its seeding, and that Bisbee made key plays that earned the Pumas the victory.