When Scottsdale Christian fumbled away a chance to win the 2A Metro Region championship Friday, Chandler Valley Christian was there to pick it up. The Trojans turned an Eagles fumble on the opening kickoff into a touchdown and built on that turnover for a 35-21 victory Friday night at Valley Christian.
The Eagles (7-2) lost the handle on the ball four times, including the first two times their offense had the ball, and the Trojans (7-2) were there to make them pay. The second Eagles fumble came after a 49-yard kickoff return.
Trojans senior running back Brock Longanecker carried nine times for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He was untouched on a 29-yard burst up the middle on the Trojans’ opening series then wrestled his way loose from two Eagles defenders at the line of scrimmage on a 14-yard touchdown run late in the game.
With the victory, Valley Christian got some payback for losing the region title to Scottsdale Christian last season and earned the home-field advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Trojans never trailed after the opening touchdown, but the Eagles closed the gap to 21-18 after quarterback Jacob Storrer ran for a two-point conversion with a little more than four minutes remaining the third quarter.
Valley Christian’s Jim Oum returned an Eagles kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown while James Fitzgerald scored on a 5-yard run, Trojans sophomore quarterback Jordan Morgan ran 16 yards for another touchdown.
Storrer and Brett Miller ran for Scottsdale Christian’s touchdowns while kicker Matt Taylor added a 37-yard field goal.