Cowboys come up short in season opener

Camp Verde will be back in action Friday, Sept. 2, at home against Scottsdale Christian Academy. (Photo by Les Stukenberg)

Camp Verde will be back in action Friday, Sept. 2, at home against Scottsdale Christian Academy. (Photo by Les Stukenberg)

CHINO VALLEY - Usually you ask a coach or the quarterback if they just played the perfect game, they hedge no matter how dominating the score. There's always something to improve on, to get better at. Perfection is not meant to be achieved.

Chino Valley High School's coach and quarterback weren't going to go there. Asked if the host Cougars just played the perfect game after defeating Camp Verde 52-0 to open the football season.

"Yes, yes, it was a great feeling" Chino Valley coach Wade Krug said.

"Yeah, there were a few parts that I could like work on, but it was pretty good," Chino Valley senior quarterback Josh Fisher said.

Chino Valley claimed the Bronze Boot trophy that Camp Verde had won a year ago. The schools have played each other for years, but last year decided to formalize the rivalry by awarding the winner a Bronze Boot trophy. The Cowboys won last year's game, 26-12.

Chino Valley rushed for 262 yards and Camp Verde turned the ball over five times, including three straight times on three consecutive offensive plays in the third quarter. The Cowboys were held to 41 yards rushing in the game.

"I don't know the last time we pitched a shutout, but defensively it was a great night," Krug said.

It was Chino Valley's first shutout since Sept. 17, 2010 when they defeated South Pointe 42-0.

"We flat beat ourselves tonight," Camp Verde coach Steve Darby said. "You can't turn the ball over that many times. I don't want to take credit away from Chino, they got a good team this year and I wish them luck the rest of the season."

Parts of the field were muddy after days of periodic rain storms in Chino Valley. The ball was wet.

"That was a factor, but obviously we were the only team doing it, so that is an area we need to get a little better at," Darby said.

Fisher led Chino Valley on its opening drive, running the final 23 yards for a touchdown.

The defenses held the next three series and it looked to be a defensive game, but Camp Verde being forced to punt out of its end zone set Chino Valley up at the Camp Verde 22-yard line. Seven plays later Michael Paulus scored on a 1-yard run.

On Camp Verde's second play of the ensuing drive quarterback Payton Sarkesian tried to pass to Matt Newtown, but it was incomplete. However, the officials ruled it was a lateral. Chino Valley's Colton Sandberg picked up the ball and ran 26 yards for the touchdown and a 20-0 lead with 8 minutes and 3 seconds to play in the first half. He also recovered another fumble in the second half.

Chino Valley scored again on a Fisher to Gavin Thompson 18-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left in the half for a 27-0 lead.

The third quarter was not a good one for the Cowboys. They lost a yard on their opening drive and had to punt. Three plays later Paulus scored his second touchdown on a 55-yard sweep where he cut back across the field.

Two plays later quarterback Trey Terry fumbled. Then, after another Chino touchdown, Terry fumbled again. Chino scored again. Then on the next offensive play Terry fumbled for a third time in the quarter. The ball was wet, and it appeared there was some bad exchanges that led to the fumbles. Chino scored again.

In about three minutes, Chino Valley increased its lead from 27-0 to 46-0.

"It's over, one game does not define our team, we will go back to the drawing board, correct mistakes and move forward," said Darby."As coaches we need to do a better job of coaching and instilling fundamentals. We should have Carson Zale back next week (AIA has been very slow to approve his transfer), we are hoping to get Mikey Salas back and we will need them against a top-10-ranked Scottsdale Christian.

"We beat ourselves tonight, we did not play very good football, we need to keep our heads up and work to improve, one game does not define us. The season just started, shake it off and use next week as an opportunity to get better."

CHINO VALLEY - Usually you ask a coach or the quarterback if they just played the perfect game, they hedge no matter how dominating the score. There's always something to improve on, to get better at. Perfection is not meant to be achieved.

Chino Valley High School's coach and quarterback weren't going to go there. Asked if the host Cougars just played the perfect game after defeating Camp Verde 52-0 to open the football season.

"Yes, yes, it was a great feeling" Chino Valley coach Wade Krug said.

"Yeah, there were a few parts that I could like work on, but it was pretty good," Chino Valley senior quarterback Josh Fisher said.

Chino Valley claimed the Bronze Boot trophy that Camp Verde had won a year ago. The schools have played each other for years, but last year decided to formalize the rivalry by awarding the winner a Bronze Boot trophy. The Cowboys won last year's game, 26-12.

Chino Valley rushed for 262 yards and Camp Verde turned the ball over five times, including three straight times on three consecutive offensive plays in the third quarter. The Cowboys were held to 41 yards rushing in the game.

"I don't know the last time we pitched a shutout, but defensively it was a great night," Krug said.

It was Chino Valley's first shutout since Sept. 17, 2010 when they defeated South Pointe 42-0.

"We flat beat ourselves tonight," Camp Verde coach Steve Darby said. "You can't turn the ball over that many times. I don't want to take credit away from Chino, they got a good team this year and I wish them luck the rest of the season."

Parts of the field were muddy after days of periodic rain storms in Chino Valley. The ball was wet.

"That was a factor, but obviously we were the only team doing it, so that is an area we need to get a little better at," Darby said.

Fisher led Chino Valley on its opening drive, running the final 23 yards for a touchdown.

The defenses held the next three series and it looked to be a defensive game, but Camp Verde being forced to punt out of its end zone set Chino Valley up at the Camp Verde 22-yard line. Seven plays later Michael Paulus scored on a 1-yard run.

On Camp Verde's second play of the ensuing drive quarterback Payton Sarkesian tried to pass to Matt Newtown, but it was incomplete. However, the officials ruled it was a lateral. Chino Valley's Colton Sandberg picked up the ball and ran 26 yards for the touchdown and a 20-0 lead with 8 minutes and 3 seconds to play in the first half. He also recovered another fumble in the second half.

Chino Valley scored again on a Fisher to Gavin Thompson 18-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left in the half for a 27-0 lead.

The third quarter was not a good one for the Cowboys. They lost a yard on their opening drive and had to punt. Three plays later Paulus scored his second touchdown on a 55-yard sweep where he cut back across the field.

Two plays later quarterback Trey Terry fumbled. Then, after another Chino touchdown, Terry fumbled again. Chino scored again. Then on the next offensive play Terry fumbled for a third time in the quarter. The ball was wet, and it appeared there was some bad exchanges that led to the fumbles. Chino scored again.

In about three minutes, Chino Valley increased its lead from 27-0 to 46-0.

"It's over, one game does not define our team, we will go back to the drawing board, correct mistakes and move forward," said Darby."As coaches we need to do a better job of coaching and instilling fundamentals. We should have Carson Zale back next week (AIA has been very slow to approve his transfer), we are hoping to get Mikey Salas back and we will need them against a top-10-ranked Scottsdale Christian.

"We beat ourselves tonight, we did not play very good football, we need to keep our heads up and work to improve, one game does not define us. The season just started, shake it off and use next week as an opportunity to get better."

Camp Verde 0 0 0 0-0

Chino Valley 6 21 19 6-52

SCORING

Chino-Josh Fisher 23 run (kick blocked)

Chino-Michael Paulus 1 run (kick good)

Chino-Colton Sandberg 26 fumble recovery (kick good)

Chino-Josh Fisher 18 TD pass to Gavin Thompson (kick good)

Chino-Michael Paulus 55 run (kick missed)

Chino-Gavin Thompson 11 run (kick good)

Chino-Josh Fisher 19 run (kick missed)

Chino-J.R. Willingham 1 run (two-point try failed)

LEADERS

RUSHING:
Camp Verde-Reyes Herrera 4-19; Payton Sarkesian 6-15. Chino--Josh Fisher 13-94; Michael Paulus 8-72.

PASSING: Camp Verde-Trey Terry 4-5-0-50; Payton Sarkesian 5-8-1-11. Chino-Josh Fisher 3-8-0-60.

RECEIVING: Camp Verde-Ryan Loza 3-29; Kevin Oothoudt 3-25. Chino Valley-Michael Rodriguez 1-27; Gavin Thompson 1-18.

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