Chino Valley football too much for Camp Verde, retain Bronze Boot

Cougars a tough team going into the game, Walsworth said

Chino Valley’s Trevor Gianfrecesco puts pressure on Steven Petty as they host Camp Verde in the annual Copper Boot game Friday Sept. 7, 2018 in Chino Valley. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Chino Valley’s Trevor Gianfrecesco puts pressure on Steven Petty as they host Camp Verde in the annual Copper Boot game Friday Sept. 7, 2018 in Chino Valley. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

AIA week 4 football scores

4A Grand Canyon

Bradshaw Mountain 42, Greenway 20

Coconino 56, Cortez 0

Prescott 56, Deer Valley 7

Tempe 18, Flagstaff 10

Lee Williams 53, Kingman Academy 0

Peoria 52, Mohave 14

2A VERDE

Trivium Prep 55, North Pointe Prep 38

Tonopah Valley 52, Chandler Prep 3

Needles (Calif.) 38, Parker 8

Veritas Prep 55, Glendale Prep 8

6A

Perry 75, Sandra Day O’Connor 68

Mesa 45, Trevor G. Browne 20

Westwood 34 Cibola 26

5A

Centennial 35, Cienega 0

Saguaro 59, Desert Mountain 28

Notre Dame Prep 63, Apollo 21

4A

Holtville (Calif.) 21, Yuma 0

Mesquite 61, Combs 0

Salpointe Catholic 42, Del Valle (El Paso TX) 27

Cactus 32, Estrella Foothills 19

3A

Show Low 40, American Leadership Academy - Ironwood 6

Wickenburg 38, Paradise Honors 30

Snowflake 50, Page 28

Kingman 46, Valley Lutheran 3

2A

Sedona Red Rock 41, Rock Point 14

American Leadership Academy - QC 23, Phoenix Christian 21

1A

Williams 65, Bagdad 12

Joseph City 45, Mayer 22

Anthem Prep 60 St. David 25

CHINO VALLEY — The Camp Verde High Cowboys were unable to take the Bronze Boot for the third year in a row, losing their Friday night game against rival Chino Valley Cougars 42-0.

The Cowboys won the Bronze Boot in 2015, the first time it was awarded, before Chino Valley took it back in 2016. The Cougars have had it ever since.

The Cougars had three touchdowns in the first quarter with senior running back Michael Paulus scoring twice, once in the first few minutes and again with 6:34 left in the quarter while senior Elijah Scordato ran more than 50 yards to make the third with 2:42 left to go.

Paulus would make two more touchdowns, one in the second quarter with 16 seconds left and one with 11:44 left of the third quarter and junior Trevor Gianfrancesco making the first touchdown of the second quarter with 10:14 left to go.

The fourth quarter was scoreless.

Cougars Head Coach Wade Krug said it was a great game as well as a great team effort from everyone involved from the junior varsity all the way up to the varsity.

“Hats off to the varsity,” Krug said. “They played a great game offensively, defensively and special teams wise.”

Additionally, Paulus said he feels good about the team’s performance, stating he wouldn’t have had the game he did without them.

“When I think about this victory, I think of my brotherhood,” Paulus said. “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have a team, we wouldn’t be winning like we have in these last two weeks.”

Cowboys Head Coach Rick Walsworth said he knew the Cougars were going to be a tough team to play against.

“We knew Chino was going to be maybe, the best team we play all season,” Walsworth said. “Our guys played hard and they didn’t quit.”

Krug said he hopes to have another great game next week.

UP NEXT Camp Verde Cowboys are at home against the Valley Lutheran Flames at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. The Flames are 1-2

The Cougars are at home again against Arizona College Prep Knights at 7 p.m. Sept. 14. The Knights are 0-3.

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