Camp Verde stomps Valley Sanders, 42-7
Camp Verde football didn't know exactly what to expect when they traveled to Valley High School in Sanders Friday night. What they did find is another win in the 2A North region, 42-7.
For the fourth week in a row, the Cowboys faced a much weaker team, this time in Valley Sanders. Camp Verde outscored Valley, 42-0 in the first half alone. In the third quarter, Valley monopolized the ball for the better part of six minutes. When Camp Verde got the ball back, coach Luke Steege put his JV and freshman players in to finish out the game.
Valley's sole touchdown came in the closing minutes of the game against what coach Steege called his third string team, consisting mostly of freshmen and inexperienced players.
Camp Verde controlled the game from the start. Two touchdowns in the first quarter gave the Cowboys a healthy 14-0 lead. Damien Baca scored both of the first quarter touchdowns. One on a 17-yard run and the other on a 12-yard run. The Cowboys pushed the Valley defense around like rag dolls, running only a hand full of plays each possession to get into the end zone.
In the second quarter, the Cowboys fired things up. William Trahin snagged an interception and ran it back 85 yards for the Cowboys' third touchdown of the night. Then, on their next possession, Zach Hauser threw to Trahin for a 77-yard pass play to put the Cowboys up by four touchdowns.
The Cowboys continued to stop the Valley offense and force them to turn the ball over. On their next possession, Baca went 55-yards on the ground for a touchdown and then with about 1:40 left on the clock, Baca found the end zone again on a 13-yard touchdown run to make it 42-0 with the PAT.
Trahin kicked in five of six PATs. To make up for the miss, the Cowboys succeeded in getting a two-point conversion with a Hauser slant to Brendon Nelson.
The second half was all about stopping the score and giving some playing time to those who don't usually see it.
Defensively, Trahin had two interceptions and Preston Brogdon had one. Emery Brown led the Cowboys in tackles with eight solos and six assists. Not far behind was Beau Tudor who had nine solo tackles, two assists and four sacks on the game.
"We hardly had offense," said coach Steege. "We scored fast in two or three plays."
Valley had a difficult time stopping the run. When they would have a good plan, Steege would change things up and get through the holes. Once the ball carriers broke through the line, they would turn stretch their legs on huge runs into the end zone.
"I wasn't planning on losing this game," said coach Steege. "We were faster, but they are a well coached team."
Camp Verde travels to Williams next Friday night. A win against Williams will give the Cowboys home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.