It may be that No. 3 Chandler Valley Christian’s 40-0 2A Central Region victory over host Queen Creek Canyon State Academy redefined some football statistics.
For Valley Christian (5-1, 2-0), its new statistical category may be the height of launch of players tackled by Trojan linebacker Thomas Drane.
“Thomas Drane is surely starting to turn some heads of college programs,” said Valley Christian coach Bill Morgan. “He’s doing great for us on both sides of the ball.”
Several times in the game, Drane challenged the laws of physics as various Rams players found themselves heading violently in the opposite direction from where they were running.
For Canyon State, the definition of victory was examined.
“What we try to do is redefine the definition of winning,” said Canyon State coach Louis Ruesing. “For our kids to come out and compete with these kids and conduct themselves with integrity and sportsmanship and honor … this is a win for us.”
From the start, the difference in skill level was apparent.
The Trojans limited Canyon State to a total of 24 yards. Offensively, Valley Christian scored two touchdowns on its first six plays.
Running back Anthony Kereluk led the way with 62 rushing yards on six carries with two touchdowns in the first quarter.
Kereluk was injured on kickoff coverage late in the first quarter and did not return to the game.
Dressing a total of 22 players, the loss of Kereluk could have spelled disaster for Valley Christian.
But reserve running back Addison Bare led all rushers with 71 yards on 13 carries.
In the second quarter Troy Roffi scored two touchdowns. The first came from the running back position on a 5-yard run. His second score came after he recovered his own blocked punt and returned it 13 yards.
Valley Christian’s defense held firm in the second half. Nearly half of Canyon State’s total yardage came on consecutive scrambles by quarterback D. Ross that accounted for 47 yards. Ross accounted for 89 (61 rushing, 28 passing) of Canyon State’s 96 total yards.