Valley Christian can't catch Woodland Christian

By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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WOODLAND - Week Zero started with a Sacramento Metro Athletic League matchup for Valley Christian Academy, but it wasn't the outcome the Lions hoped for in a 38-28 loss to Woodland Christian on Friday night.

Valley Christian trailed at halftime and was never able to get a handle on Woodland Christian.

Lions quarterback Wright Hagerty scored on a two-yard run to put his team ahead 12-8 with 5:37 left in the second quarter, but Woodland Christian scored two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the half, the second on Justin Rodegerdts' 42-yard interception return, giving the Cardinals a 22-12 lead.

Valley Christian clawed its way back to trail 22-20 on a 13-yard pass from Hagerty to Teagan Mowry with 7:44 left in the third period.

“They never gave up,” Lions assistant coach Shawn Larkin said. “They never got down. … I’ve seen teams in the past give up when they get down by 10. We kept fighting and kept coming back.”

Beau Chandon scored on an 11-yard pass from Anthony Castaneda on the last play of the third quarter to give Woodland Christian a 30-20 lead. Castaneda completed 11 of 22 passes for 213 yards.

“We have a lot of young, inexperienced players,” Larkin said. “They played with a lot of heart and a lot of intensity and didn’t really know what they were getting into until (Friday). Thankfully, we have two weeks to get ready for our next opponent, and we plan on being much better.

“The great thing about our league is we get to play everybody twice, so we get to play these guys again. We’ve had our kids for three weeks, and all but seven of them have never touched a football field before.”

Valley Christian plays host to Cristo Rey on Sept. 9.

Woodland Christian 38, Valley Christian 28

Valley Christian          6    6   8   8 - 28
Woodland Christian   8  14   8   8 - 38

WC -- Rodegerdts 4 run (two-point conversion good)
VC – VanPatten 31 run (run failed)
VC – Hagerty 2 run (kick failed)
WC – Castaneda 6 run (run failed)
WC – Rodegerdts 42 interception return (Canverari pass from Castaneda)
VC – Mowry 13 pass from Hagerty (Hagerty run)
WC – Chandon 11 pass from Castaneda (Stocking run)
WC – Chandon 23 run (Arnold run)
VCA – VanPatten 3 run (Mowry pass from Haggerty)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Valley Christian, Hagerty 8-52, VanPatten 8-44, Norwood 3-11, Heckman 3-7, Roush 1-11, Mowry 1-9, Woodside 1-minus 4. Woodland Christian, Deven 12-43, Stocking 8-40, Rodegerdts 3-3, Chandon 2-36, Castaneda 1-6, Arnold 1-minus 5.

PASSING — Valley Christian, Hagerty 11-22-2, 120. Woodland Christian, Castaneda 11-22-1, 213.

RECEIVING — Valley Christian, Mowry 6-74, Heckman 2-30, Roush 2-4, Norwood 1-2. Woodland Christian, Canevari 3-75, Chandon 3-24, Deven 2-32, Arnold 1-53, Cearley 1-5.