Tempe Prep shut out Valley Christian for the third year in a row.
What looked to be a close match-up in the first quarter Friday turned in to a one-sided affair between Tempe Prep and Valley Christian in Division V on Friday.
The Tempe Prep (2-0) stopped Valley Christian on a 4th-and-20 inside of the red zone after a costly penalty, and put up their first touchdown of the night on the ensuing possession.
That sequence seemed to be the theme of the night as the Knights would defeat the Trojans, 27-0.
Valley Christian (1-1) managed to get in to the red zone five times on the night but failed to put points on the board after a number of sequences kept them out of the end zone.
“I was proud of them, even though they were bending,” Tempe Prep coach Thomas Brittain said of the defense. “They really just made a total line in the end zone, stepped up and made their stops and that means everything.”
On the other hand, the Trojans were shutout for the third year in a row against the Knights.
“Clearly tonight the game plan we had in the first half, we thought we were executing,” Trojans coach Kevin Allen said. “We just kind of got away from our game plan. Once that starts happening with a young team, you’ve got to fix things quickly or else it all just starts to snowball.”
Valley Christian threatened to score on its second possession of the game and were halted by penalties once again. By the end of the night Valley Christian had been handed 100 yards in penalties. The Trojans settled for a field goal attempt after getting in to the red zone for the second time, but Nicholas Zwemke among others for Tempe Prep managed to block the attempt.
Quarterback T.J. Widner led the Trojans to 173 yards passing, but gave up three interceptions in the fourth quarter while running an over-aggressive offense trying to get back in to the game.
The Knights offense was led by quarterback Forest Redlin who had 91 yards and one touchdown passing to go along with 42 yards rushing and a quarterback keeper for a touchdown.
The Knights took the lead for good one play after a 4th-and-1 conversion by Ahmari Underwood in the first quarter. Levi Hartzler broke free for a 53-yard touchdown. Hartzler led the Knights on the ground with 93 yards rushing on seven carries and two touchdowns, while the team rushed for a total of 210 yards on 32 carries.
After outscoring opponents 80-18 in its first two games, Tempe Prep now looks ahead to their match up against 2-0 Seton Catholic who has outscored opponents 97-0 this season.
“We knew we had a great team coming in to this season, we have a lot of returning starters,” Redlin said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are working really hard and I think we have a good chance moving forward against Seton Catholic.”
Tempe Prep 27, Valley Christian 0
TP – Hartzler 53 run (Wiese kick)
TP – Underwood 20 pass from Redlin (Wiese kick)
TP – Redlin 2 run (Wiese kick)
TP – Hartzler 10 run (kick failed)