Valley Christian has eight turnovers in loss to Cristo Rey

By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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It was a rough-and-tumble matchup between Valley Christian Academy and Cristo Rey on Friday night, and Cristo Rey got the upper hand in a 21-18 victory.

The Lions suffered from injuries and turnovers in the Sacramento Metro Athletic League loss at Highlands High School.

“Our biggest problem was holding onto the ball,” Valley Christian coach Todd Conroy said. “We turned over the ball. We had eight turnovers, bad field position.”

The Lions (0-2) made mental errors they’ll have to correct to overcome future opponents, starting with Foresthill on the road next Friday.

In the third quarter, Valley Christian recovered a fumble by the Saints (2-1), but on the ensuing play, Lions quarterback Wright Hagerty was intercepted by Cristo Rey’s Spenser Avis.

The next play resulted in another Saints fumble, which Valley Christian’s Teagan Mowry recovered in the end zone for a touchdown with 5:30 remaining in the quarter. The Lions missed the two-point conversion and trailed 13-12.

Valley Christian was without its injured kicker and failed on all three two-point conversion attempts.

Cameron Woodside picked off Cristo Rey’s Javier Castillo to give possession back to Valley Christian. Four minutes later, Mowry caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Hagerty to give the Lions their first lead, 18-13, with 1:32 left in the quarter.

Mowry scored all three touchdowns for the Lions. Valley Christian was tough on defense as well, collecting four interceptions, three of which landed in the hands of Clint Heckman.

The Lions were unable to hold onto the lead, as Castillo scored on a two-yard run with 5:22 left in the game and passed to Avis for the two-point conversion for a 21-18 advantage.

“We still think we have a good football team,” Conroy said. “We have really young guys. I’m proud of them because they really worked hard and they didn’t give up.”

Valley Christian next will prepare for Foresthill’s spread offense.

“We kind of know what they’re going to do, and we’re going to have to be a little quicker and hold on to the football so our guys can score,” Conroy said.

Cristo Rey 21, Valley Christian 18

Cristo Rey           6  7     0   8 — 21
Valley Christian   0   6   12   0 — 18

CR — Castillo 35 run (extra point failed)
CR — Castillo 3 run (Villagran kick)
VC — Mowry 24 pass from Hagerty (pass failed)
VC — Mowry fumble recovery in end zone (run failed)
VC — Mowry 50 pass from Hagerty (run failed)
CR — Castillo 2 run (Avis pass from Castillo)