No. 1-ranked Coolidge let the season opener slip away Friday night.
Round Valley receiver T.J. Peters slipped behind the Bears defense late in the game, hauled in pass from Hayden Eager and went 73 yards for a touchdown as the Elks upset the Bears 21-14 in a 3A nonregion game at Coolidge.
Coolidge also let the ball slip away a couple times in the second half, losing two fumbles.
“We’ll get better,’’ coach Carlo Hernandez said. “Give them credit. They came here ready to play. But our kids fought to the end.”
Coolidge led 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter and was driving. The Bears got the ball down to the 20 after a 2-yard run by quarterback Charlie Garrett. But the drive stalled.
Round Valley got the ball on its 27. Eager went deep the first play and connected with Peters to put the Elks ahead with 6:43 left in the game.
Eager found Evan Hamblin in the end zone for the twopoint conversion to give Round Valley a seven-point lead.
Round Valley made some mistakes of its own on the next drive. Two face mask penalties and an offside helped Coolidge drive from its 21 to the Elks 41. But Coolidge coughed it up for the third time of the night.
Round Valley was able to run out the clock from there.
Round Valley took a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter during a wild sequence.
Both teams traded fumbles inside the Coolidge 10 before Tell Udall scored on a 1-yard run.
On Coolidge’s next play, Travis Trickey intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards to give the Elks a 13-0 lead.
After recovering another fumble, Round Valley was driving for another score. This time Julien Nunez recovered a fumble for Coolidge. He took it from the Coolidge 5 all the way to the Round Valley 40.
Six plays later, Garrett scored on a 2-yard run.
After a weak punt gave Coolidge excellent field position, Garret capped an eightplay drive with a 1-yard dive to tie it. Cody Barber kicked the extra point to give Coolidge the lead right before the half.