Originally Published: October 2, 2015 11:45 p.m.
CAMP VERDE - Filled with optimism and riding a two-game winning streak, the Chino Valley football team came out "flat" and lost 26-12 in the inaugural Bronze Boot game to rival Camp Verde on Friday night, Oct. 2.
"We didn't do too well. We came out flat and we underestimated them and it got to us," Chino Valley head coach Wade Krug said. "But, it was a dogfight until the end."
Trailing 18-6 with under 4 minutes to play in the game, the Cougars had the ball on Camp Verde's 1-yard line looking to score before Jerad Chavez fumbled the ball. Dakota Brueland picked it up for the Cowboys and ran it back 99 yards for the touchdown to make it 26-6.
On the ensuing drive, junior quarterback Josh Fisher threw a 3-yard touchdown pass, making it 26-12, but it was too little, too late.
Chavez scored Chino Valley's first touchdown on the night to cap a 70-yard drive in the first quarter.
Next up, Camp Verde [2-4 Overall] will play host to Paradise Honors on Friday, Oct. 9. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Bagdad 80, Glendale Prep 30
Division VI No. 4-ranked Bagdad cruised to this 50-point win over No. 8 Glendale Prep on Friday night, Oct. 2, only one week after the program suffered its first regular-season loss in 2-1/2 years to Pima.
With the victory, the Sultans improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in Section III play. Glendale Prep lost its second straight and is now 4-2 overall, 1-1 in section.
Next up, Bagdad visits No. 22 Anthem Prep Academy for another section game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.
Mayer 44, Fredonia 0
In a game called at halftime, D-VI No. 18-ranked Mayer crushed Fredonia on Homecoming Friday night, Oct. 2, at Mathern Field in Spring Valley.
With the win, the Wildcats snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Section I play. Fredonia, on a five-game slide, dropped to 1-5, 0-3.
Next up, Mayer visits El Capitan for another section clash at 1 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 10.
Courier sports writer Doug Cook contributed to this roundup.