Chandler Valley Christian has firmly established itself as a 2A football power. Three state-title game appearances the last three years — and one title — have cemented that label.
Coach Bill Morgan faces a tougher test than usual this time around, though.
“The number of seniors we have out is down and that’s hurting us,” Morgan said. “We have four seniors with a lot of experience, but less than 10 on our roster (7).”
The junior class supplies the Trojans with some talent, albeit young talent.
“It’s a very good junior class, and our freshman numbers are good,” Morgan said.
“You’re not going to get immediate help with freshmen. Our expectations are still high, but with our schedule the way it is, we may be slow out of the gate.”
While the senior numbers are scarce, there is quality in running back Troy Roffi, lineman John Kredit and tight end Nick Dwyer. But having to play 10 or 11 players both ways will make it tough on the Trojans.
“Roffi is a senior captain and will be one of the many guys we have that will play both ways,” Morgan said. “He had a good year last year and we’re expecting more of the same. John and Nick will give us leadership on both lines.”
Valley Christian begins the season today with a road game against 4A Page at the NAU Skydome. Three nonregion games follow against rival and state-title favorite Phoenix Christian, Tombstone and Yuma Catholic. All three were 2A playoff teams in 2006.
2006 record: 12-1, state runner-up
Coach: Bill Morgan, 3rd year, 24-2
Returning offensive starters:
3, including running back Troy Roffi,
who rushed for 1,130 yards and scored 22 TDs.
Returning defensive starters:
4, including all-region tackle John Kredit.
Sept. 7 at Phoenix Christian:
Not a region game any more,
but it’s one of the biggest rivalries in 2A.
Sept. 28 Camp Verde:
New to the region, Camp Verde made some noise last year and opens the region slate for the Trojans.