The Falcons did everything but score. Fountain Hills dropped to 0-2 with a 20-0 loss to Chino Valley in a 3A nonregion game on its home field Friday.
The Falcons drove into Chino Valley territory five times, four inside the 20, but failed to come away with any points. They had 16 first downs to the Cougars nine.
“We moved the ball up and down the field. Moving the ball wasn’t the problem,” Fountain Hills coach Jim Fairfield said. “Penalties hurt us and turnovers hurt us.”
A holding penalty stopped a first-quarter drive at the Cougar 19 and an illegal motion flag, on a third-and-1 from the 6, led to a failed field-goal attempt.
In the second half, the Falcons were stopped on downs at the Chino Valley 4. Quarterback Jason Fairfield threw an interception, on a deflected pass, that ended a drive at the 15.
“We played well, but didn’t execute when we needed to,” Fairfield said.
Chino Valley quarterback Cole Whisenhurt threw three touchdown passes, two to Josh Clelland to lead the Cougars to their second win of the season.
SCOTTSDALE CHRISTIAN 14, TONOPAH 7
First-year transfer student Jacob Storrer won the Scottsdale Christian Academy starting quarterback job and he helped the Eagles open their season with a 14-7 win over Tonopah Valley at Craig Chambers field on Friday night.
Storrer arrived from Ohio in early August, leaving him little time to get acquainted with teammates and the offense.
“I played quarterback through junior high, but played safety as a sophomore in Ohio last year,” Storrer said. “They said they needed a quarterback here, so I said I’d give it a shot. It was hard to learn the plays at first but its working out OK now.”
Tonopah Valley (0-2) scored first on a 51 yard run by George Leftrich with 5:26 left in the first quarter.
Scottsdale Christian answered with a 13-yard touchdown run by Ryan Tully but a missed two-point conversion left the Eagles trailing, 7-6.
Both teams struggled offensively and Scottsdale Christian lost three fumbles and committed numerous red-zone penalties that ended drives.
The Eagles got the ball at the Phoenix 46-yard line early in the fourth quarter and began the winning touchdown drive. Storrer dove in from the 1-yard line and then ran in the two-point conversion to take the lead with 7:46 to go. The Eagles’ defense closed it out.
“Our offensive line did a great job on the touchdown,” Storrer said. “We knew a score there would let us take control.”
Storrer gained 85 yards on 18 carries and Tully ran 22 times for 88 yards.