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9/29/2012 12:44:00 AM
Chino Valley football dips to 1-5 after loss to Mohave
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierTory Marciel of the Cougars dives in for a touchdown in the first half during Friday night’s homecoming game against Mohave in Chino Valley.
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Tory Marciel of the Cougars dives in for a touchdown in the first half during Friday night’s homecoming game against Mohave in Chino Valley.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierTyler Gunn and Tom Gianfrancesco sack Mohave QB Keenan White Friday night in Chino Valley.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Tyler Gunn and Tom Gianfrancesco sack Mohave QB Keenan White Friday night in Chino Valley.
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Chino Valley High School had their homecoming game Friday, September 28 as they played Mohave High School in Chino Valley. Photo Editor Les Stukenberg was there to capture action and the crowning of the king and queen.
Doug Cook
The Daily Courier

CHINO VALLEY - Veteran Chino Valley football coach Chuck Apap knew that it would take him and his staff some time to develop a green Cougars team in 2012.

After all, Chino entered the fall season with less than a handful of returning varsity players and a slew of starters who had never even played the sport until this year.

On Friday, the rebuilding project continued, as the gritty, hard-working Cougars lost their second straight game, falling to Bullhead City Mohave, 26-12, on Homecoming.

"We've just got to take care of the little things, and we're going to get better," said Apap, a varsity coach of 40-plus years who's in his first season at CVHS. "We're going to do everything that's right."

With the setback, the Cougars' record slid to 1-5 overall with four contests remaining on their schedule, including three on the road.

Mohave improved to 2-4.

Despite Friday's loss, Division IV No. 28-ranked Chino Valley really didn't have much to complain about with its performance.

Playing against a bigger program in D-III No. 32 Mohave, the Cougars held their own deep into the fourth quarter.

In fact, Chino scored 12 straight points after falling behind 7-0 with about 9-1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.

On their opening possession the Cougars chewed up more than 6 minutes of the clock with a 12-play, 79-yard scoring drive.

Chino senior running back Conner Richberger, who rushed for a game-high 160 yards on 25 carries, ultimately reached pay dirt on a 2-yard scoring scamper.

Trailing 7-6 after a failed 2-point conversion, the Cougars opened the second quarter with another time-consuming possession and snared its only lead of the game.

On fourth-and-9, quarterback Ben Goermar found leaping wideout Tory Marciel in the middle of the field near the goal line for a 30-yard scoring strike and a 12-7 edge after another failed 2-point conversion.

"We definitely wanted to score first - that was like our main goal to give us some confidence," Goermar said. "In the past, if we don't score first or they get ahead of us, then we kind of fall apart. So that score was definitely good and that's why we stayed in the game."

Chino Valley appeared to have gained a bit of momentum after that touchdown, but a fumble on the Cougars' ensuing possession led to the go-ahead score for Mohave and a 13-12 advantage with 2:38 left until halftime.

The trouble for the Cougars was that the Thunderbirds tacked on another TD on a quick drive to end the half. QB Keenan White hit running back Kyler White on a 27-yard scoring strike with 27 seconds left until intermission for a 19-12 Mohave edge.

"They're a good team - I'll give them that," Marciel said of the T-birds. "But some of our players were getting down after they scored on us and they were up by a touchdown. We're trying hard, and that's all we can do."

Down by only a TD at the half, Chino Valley opened the third quarter with a lengthy drive. However, the Cougars had the wind sucked out of their sails when they failed to convert on fourth down deep in Mohave territory at the 28-yard line.

"When Tory scored, I was so excited over that," said Richberger, referring to his teammate's go-ahead second-quarter TD. "Coming into the second half, I don't think we had the intensity that we had in the first half."

A similar situation occurred midway through the fourth quarter when Chino reached midfield but could not convert on another fourth down. The Thunderbirds would ice the game on its next drive, as running back Andres Perez scored his second TD of the evening with 2:15 remaining to put Mohave ahead 26-12.

The Cougars hit the road next week when they travel to the Walkup Skydome at Northern Arizona University to battle Flagstaff High. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Article comment by: chino valley #2

I agree, thx for writing me back

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Article comment by: chino fan football

Chino fan #2 these are my observations from watching practice and being at games give any coach, I don't care who they are at least a full season or 2, to see what they can do. I never said that Apap used these as excuses. If he can't do the job given a chance them its time for a change, just like any where else.

Posted: Monday, October 01, 2012
Article comment by: chino fan #2

Give apap a chance??? LOL,.. VERY COMICAL!
You will see.....you will see.....
All those excuses that you just gave are the same ones he used over here.
Hasn't somebody told you that he is all talk!
Like I said, you will see! I walked off the field there in Chino after the Bradshaw game and heard many Chino fans/parents hollering at Bradshaw fans "Hey take this guy back, we don't want him." We've already decided: NO THX, WE WILL NOT GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE....Best of luck!


Posted: Monday, October 01, 2012
Article comment by: Chino Fan

Give coach Apap a fair chance to prove himself. When the kids don't practice because they are "hurt" but fine on game day, when players are being "coached" by their dad at halftime and during the game. When their individual stats seem to matter more than the team it won't matter who is the coach you will have the same results. You need kids that care about the team and buy into what the coaches are teaching.

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: Football Parent

Get off Coach Apap's [backside]. He inherited a program with no discipline, no goals, and no future. The team has shown tremendous progress during the year. Granted the team is not winning as many games as wished, but the future is bright. Parents, instead of complaining, get up and teach your kids how to be adults.

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Article comment by: Need to find a new football coach again

Nobody cares!



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