Valley Christian QB has the Wright stuff

Hagerty throws go-ahead TD pass on trick play, then clinches win with interception
By: Robbie Enos
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WOODLAND – Quarterback Wright Hagerty made an evening to remember for Valley Christian Academy football fans Saturday night, throwing the winning touchdown pass and making a clutch interception in the Lions’ thrilling 29-25 win over Woodland Christian. The Lions (3-4, 3-2 Sacramento Metro Athletic League) assembled a play normally dreamed up in a Madden video game. Hagerty pitched the ball to fullback Aaron Perchaz, who tossed the ball back to Hagerty, who threw a 41-yard pass to a wide-open Jeremy Tyller in the end zone with 2:35 left in the game. “I was so glad when I saw Jeremy catch that pass,” Hagerty said. “I love that kid.” Woodland Christian then drove into Valley Christian territory after a 34-yard pass from Dillon Milton to Justin Rodegerdts. Hagerty made the clinching interception two plays later and returned it into Woodland Christian territory. “I had seen him throw that same pass before earlier in the game,” Hagerty said. “So when I saw it again, I anticipated it and jumped it.” The miracle touchdown was the finish of a 21-point fourth quarter. Valley Christian coach Todd Conroy saw a weakness in the Cardinals’ defense on the outside. The Lions ran an end around to the right side with Tyller six times in the fourth quarter, resulting in 45 yards. Right guard Nick Norwood and tackle Christian Thompson led the way on each carry. “We ran that play so frequently because we couldn’t get up the middle,” Conroy said. “We were stopped in the middle, and our passing game wasn’t working very well. So when we started to utilize our speed, that gave us some confidence.” “I was kind of excited to get the ball and run a little bit,” Tyller said. “But it was really a team effort out there. It was great to see us end out there with such a great play.” Perchaz rushed for 72 yards in 17 carries and Tyller for 60 yards in 14 carries. Down 25-8 after three periods, the Lions put together an 11-play, 81-yard touchdown drive to start the fourth. Tyller scored from eight yards out on the suddenly unstoppable counter with 7:01 left, setting up the dramatic finish. Woodland Christian dominated at the start. Its spread offense created 160 yards through the air in the first half. The Cardinals’ 3-4 base defense allowed zero points and just 50 total yards by that point. The only spark for Valley Christian heading into the half was an 80-yard kickoff return by Tyller with 15.2 seconds left. Conroy hopes to carry the momentum into Saturday’s game against Cristo Rey. “We’re going to start getting our injured guys back,” he said. “We’re looking forward to coming out. We have to win our next three if we want to be a force in the league. That’s what we’re doing.”