Coach Bill Morgan kicked off his debut season at Valley Christian with a 49-27 win over 3A Sedona Red Rock at Benson Field in Tempe Friday night. In the win, quarterback Ben Bergsma threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
It seemed as though the Trojans would have their hands full when Sedona’s Danny Wyatt returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, but Valley Christian’s Dane Rymer immediately countered with a 96-yard touchdown return of his own. The Scorpions never recovered as Trojan Reggie Sheffield ran for 98 yards and three touchdowns.
Taking his seat as only the third coach in Valley Christian history, Morgan coached his team to their first win, in hopes of creating another undefeated regular season record, as they did in 2004.
SCOTTSDALE CHRISTIAN 20, ESTRELLA FOOTHILLS 14: At Goodyear, the Eagles were in a taking mood in their game with the Wolves, taking — or more accurately stripping the ball — from Wolves’ runners seven times in the game, recovering six of those fumbles in their victory.
Six different Eagles players recovered fumbles in the win.
The effort of the defense more than made up for a tough night on offense, as SCA (2-0) managed just 96 yards rushing in the game. However, quarterback Thomas Slager threw two touchdown passes, one to John Desmarchais and another to Stephen Boyce, to help take the load off the rushing game.
Luke Savidge, fresh off a 273-yard effort in the Eagles’ opener, had 85 yards and a touchdown, but injured an ankle in the second quarter and only played one drive of the second half.
FLORENCE 33, SAN MANUEL 0: At Florence, senior Dishon Adds rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns for the Gophers in an intra-conference matchup.
The Gophers (2-0) also got a big defensive effort from Kevin Par, who recorded three sacks, blocked a punt and recovered the punt in the end zone for a touchdown.
SETON CATHOLIC 38, BOURGADE CATHOLIC 7: At Phoenix, the visiting Sentinels jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in their victory over the Golden Eagles in the annual Bishops Cup. Seton set the tone on the ground, rushing for 170 yards on 37 carries, led by Mike Fernandez who had a 76-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put Seton on top 21-0. In all, four Seton ball carriers scored touchdowns in what was coach Pete Wahlheim’s first season-opening win in his fifth year at the helm.
Seton quarterback Pat Miller went 6-for-15 passing for 153 yards.
FOUNTAIN HILLS 56, ELOY SANTA CRUZ 6: At Fountain Hills, after giving up the first points of the game, the Falcons went on to score 56 unanswered points in a decisive win over the Dust Devils in a 3A non-region game. Fountain Hills’ defense went on to give up a total of only 122 yards in the game. H.P. Rollins and Reece Wasson each had two rushing touchdowns for the Falcons (1-1).
ARIZONA LUTHERAN 41, MARICOPA 7: At Phoenix, the Rams hung around for a half, but couldn’t manage any offense in the second half of their 2A non-region loss to the Coyotes.
Maricopa pulled to within 13-7 in the second quarter on a 33-yard pass from Joe Sanchez to Serville Slater. However, Arizona Lutheran (2-0) grabbed the momentum heading into halftime with a 2-yard run by Andy Zwick.
Maricopa (0-2) was without coach Kelvin Liermann, who will be gone for two games while on bereavement leave.
CANYON STATE ACADEMY 52, CLIFTON 26: At Clifton, the Rams rolled to an easy 1A non-region game against the Trojans.