Valley Christian opens season (and league) with shutout

Perchaz rushes for 145 yards, touchdown
By: Kayla Nix
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Valley Christian Academy started in fine fashion Saturday by beating Woodland Christian 34-0. The Sacramento Metro Athletic League opponents battled at Highlands High School, kicking off league matchups in a Zero Week start. “We’re looking forward to what we can do in league,” Lions coach Todd Conroy said. “This was a league game so we’re starting off Zero Week with a league game.” The Lions pushed across the first score on a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Wright Hagerty to sophomore Clint Heckman for a 6-0 lead after Micky DeFiebre’s extra-point kick was blocked with 5:07 left in the opening quarter. The score was quiet until the 9:22 mark of the third when Aaron Perchaz blasted through the line into open space for a 40-yard score to give Valley Christian a 13-0 lead. With just 16 players suited up, many of the Lions played both ways, such as DeFiebre, who never came off the field. Bryan Roush rushed four yards for another touchdown with 2:30 left in the quarter. Hagerty ran for the two-point conversion to give the Lions a 21-0 advantage. “It was wonderful for the guys to come out and work hard in the second half,” Conroy said. “The first half we weren’t too proud of them. The second half they came out and really did what they needed to do.” Valley Christian capitalized on a fumble by Woodland quarterback Bobby Taylor with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter. Hagerty scooped up the ball and ran 95 yards for the score and a 28-0 lead. The last score came on a 16-yard run by Roush. Hagerty completed 5 of 10 passes in the first half and didn’t put the ball in the air in the second. Perchaz ran 14 times for a game-high 145 yards. Woodland Christian’s goose egg was enforced by Valley Christian’s defense but wasn’t helped by its struggling offense. The Cardinals were held to fewer than 100 yards of offense in the second half and 192 total. “They were very physical. We couldn’t run the ball inside too well,” Woodland Christian coach Justin Smith said. “Whenever they take that away inside, it really condenses your ability to pass and do things outside.” Valley Christian 34, Woodland Christian 0 Woodland Chr. 0 0 0 0 - 0 Valley Chr. 6 0 15 13 - 34 VC – Heckman 33 pass from W. Hagerty (kick blocked) VC – Perchaz 40 run (DeFiebre kick) VC - Roush 4 run (W. Hagerty run) VC – W. Hagerty 95 fumble return (DeFiebre kick) VC – Roush 16 run (kick blocked) Individual statistics RUSHING – Woodland Chr., Brooks 8-27, Taylor 7-29, Ayala 2-14, Stocking 2-(minus 6), Villanueva 1-21. Valley Chr., Perchaz 14-145, Heckman 8-76, Roush 6-50, W. Hagerty 6-35, Bowden 3-0, Wise 1-(minus 1). PASSING – Woodland Chr., Taylor 14-34-0, 108; Villanueva 0-1-0, 0. Valley Chr., Hagerty 5-10-0, 93. RECEIVING – Woodland Chr., Villanueva 5-29, Morgan 4-58, Canevari 3-17, Ayala 2-4. Valley Chr., Heckman 3-72, Perchaz 2-21.