ALA Gilbert North gamer

American Leadership Academy - Gilbert North fell to Round Valley in exciting fashion on Friday night, as it was a back-and-forth contest that came down to the final drive.

The matchup between American Leadership Academy - Gilbert North and Round Valley featured just about everything.

It was a back-and-forth battle with big plays, turnovers and most importantly, an exciting finish. Ultimately, it was the Round Valley Elks who came out on top, defeating ALA Gilbert 38-35.

“Our coaches have been preparing us for years and years of our lives that we’re always going to be down cause we’re a small school,” Round Valley senior quarterback Tayvin Bevell said. “But we have to have a big heart, we have to push through it, we have to play against everyone.”

Tayvin called the contest the “most exciting game” he had ever played. Many players on both sides of the field likely felt the same way.

It didn’t start that way for ALA, however, as the Eagles’ defense gave up a 65-yard touchdown run to Round Valley senior running back Marc Irigoyen. The Eagles appeared to have lined up out of position, opening up a lane for Irigoyen.

On ALA’s first offensive drive of the game, junior quarterback Jack Ricedorff was picked off by sophomore cornerback Jovan Ortiz, who took it all the way for a Round Valley touchdown.

Randy Ricedorff, Jack’s father and head coach of ALA said his team needed to “settle down” after the two mistakes.

Luckily, the Eagles did just that.

ALA forced two quick turnovers scored 21 unanswered points to regain the lead. Even on a drive in which the Elks were at the doorstep of the end zone, the Eagles shut them out three times to force a field goal and end the first half up 21-17.

However, the Elks would show resiliency as well, rallying in the second half and scoring on their first drive to make it 24-21. 

After two drives stalled, the Eagles scored a late third-quarter touchdown off the arm of the younger Ricedorff to take the lead. However, after a brutal, time-crunching, drive, the Elks pushed through the Eagles’ defense for the go-ahead score.

ALA was able to march down the field behind the arm of Ricedorff and score what looked like the game-winning touchdown with a minute and change left. However, that wouldn’t be the case.

Ortiz returned the ensuing kickoff all the way for a touchdown. The Eagles had one last chance but failed to get within field goal range.

“If we play to our ability and don’t make mistakes, we can be really competitive with the best teams out there,” Randy said.

Mistakes in the beginning and a failure to keep a lid on Round Valley’s running game were the downfall for ALA.

But the older Ricedorff said that is what one can expect when playing a team as talented as Round Valley.

“If we play to our ability and don’t make mistakes, we can be really competitive with the best teams out there,” Randy said.

Round Valley showed heart and the mentality to keep battling despite a costly second quarter. But they kept fighting and were resilient to come up with the win.

“You can’t look at the score,” Round Valley coach Marcus Bell said, “you got to keep playing and someone’s going to make a play and we got a lot of kids step up in the second half and make some big plays for us to win the game.”

American Leadership Academy – Gilbert North (2-2) will look to rebound next week as they host 3A power Northwest Christian (2-1).  

Scoring Summary

RV                  14        3          7          14 -- 38

ALA                0          21        7          7   -- 35

First

RV -- Irigoven 65 run (Camunez kick)

RV – Ortiz INT (Camunez kick)

Second

ALA – Orona 1 run (Asay kick)

ALA -- Ricedorff 7 pass to Caskey (Asay kick)

ALA -- McAleacy 49 pass to Caskey (Asay kick)

RV -- Camunez 20 field goal

Third

RV -- Irigoven 1 run (Camunez kick)

ALA -- Ricedorff 11 pass to Caskey (Asay kick)

Fourth

RV – Irigoven 5 run (Camunez kick)

ALA -- Ricedorff 6 pass to Williams (Asay kick)

RV – Ortiz kick return (Camunez kick)

Round Valley

Passing:

Tayvin Bevell: 2-6, 11 yard, INT

Owen Young 2-4, 20 yards, 1 Fumble

Rushing:

Tayvin Bevell: 14 Att., 139 yards

Marc Irigoyen:  23 Att., 157 yards, 3 TDs

Seth Wiltbank: 3 Att., 7 yards

Jovan Ortiz: 1 Att., 3 yards

Dylan Jordan: 4 Att., 20 yards

Kole Soderquist: 1 Att., -3 yards

Receiving:

Seth Wiltbank: 1 catch, 1 yard

Marc Irigoyen: 1 catch, 11 yards

Rylee Hamblin: 1 catch, 9 yards

Kole Soderquist: 1 catch, 10 yards

ALA

Passing:

Jack Ricedorff: 22-37, 247 yards, 3 touchdowns, INT., three sacks, 1 fumble, 1 recovery

Jacob McAleacy: 1-1, 49 yards, touchdown

Rushing:

Kayden Orona: 4 Att., 3 yards, Touchdown

Johnny Bellino: 1 Att. -2 yards

Jacob McAleavy: 12 Att., 51 yards

Jack Ricedorff: 4 Att., -1 yards

Receiving:

Malakai Williams: 8 catches, 95 yards, Touchdown

Spencer Nielson: 5 catches, 79 yards

Taggart Caskey: 5 catch, 77 yards, 3 Touchdowns

Jacob King: 2 catches, 16 yards

Luc Asay: 1 catch, 2 yards

Jacob McAleavy: 1 catch, 22 yards

Porter Zuccato: 1 catch, 5 yards

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