There is an ‘I’ in Valley Christian's first win
Valley Christian High School went into Saturday night’s football game winless, out of luck and looking for anything to salvage the season. If there was ever a good time to make a change, this game was it.
Coach Todd Conroy did exactly that as he introduced a power-I formation. The change invigorated the Lions as they trounced Cristo Rey 28-12 at San Juan High School.
“We went to an I formation that we haven’t been using all year, and it made us stronger,” Conroy said. “We can run down anybody’s throat when we’re doing that.”
Valley Christian is 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the Sacramento Metro Athletic Conference. Cristo Rey (2-6, 1-5 SMAL) beat the Lions 21-18 on Sept. 9.
The power running game opened the passing game for senior quarterback Wright Hagerty, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for one.
“It’s a great reward for all of the hard work we’ve put in over the season,” Hagerty said. “We’ve got a bunch of new guys. I bet this is great for them …
“Putting in our power I threw something at them that they weren’t ready for. It kind of was a spark to our usual routine. It spread out the field a little bit more when we did pass.”
With the Lions facing fourth and six, Hagerty connected with Bryan Roush on a post route for a 31-yard score to give Valley Christian an early 7-0 lead.
Caleb VanPatten and Teagan Mowry chipped away at the Saints’ defense as they combined for 37 yards during a series in the second quarter. The run game forced Cristo Rey to play near the line and gave Hagerty a chance to find Nick Norwood on a 25-yard pass on third and 10. Hagerty and Norwood connected again three plays later for a 20-yard touchdown on fourth and six to give the Lions a 14-0 lead with 5:35 remaining.
Hagerty threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Mowry with 2:45 left in the third quarter to extend the lead to 21-6.
The Lions couldn’t take a breath until Hagerty’s final score — a 13-yard run in the fourth quarter — because of the electrifying play of Cristo Rey’s Kahlil Williams, who was forced to move from running back to quarterback. The junior was a one-man highlight reel with rushing touchdowns of 67 and 46 yards.
“He is a good back,” Conroy said. “He’s their all-world guy. He’s amazing.”
Valley Christian 28, Cristo Rey 12
Valley Christian 7 7 7 7 — 28
Cristo Rey 0 0 6 6 — 12
VC — Roush 31 pass from Hagerty (Norwood kick)
VC — Norwood 20 pass from Hagerty (Norwood kick)
CR — Williams 67 run (kick blocked)
VC — Mowry 13 pass from Hagerty (Norwood kick)
CR — Williams 46 run (conversion failed)
VC — Hagerty 13 run (Norwood kick)
Next game: 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Foresthill at Highlands High School.
About Foresthill: The Wildfires have won six in a row since losing to Marysville in their opener. That includes a 51-6 victory over Valley Christian on Sept. 16.