Originally Published: October 5, 2018 11:56 p.m.
CHINO VALLEY — The Chino Valley Cougars’ football team enjoyed a dominating win in their homecoming game Friday night, Oct. 5, routing Kingman, 53-8.
Chino Valley now has a 3-3 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the 3A West region. Kingman is 3-4, 0-2.
Senior Michael Paulus scored the first touchdown of the game with 3:32 left in the first quarter, quickly followed by senior Elijah Scordato with 57 seconds to go in the period. Scordato would complete a pass for another TD with 9:55 left in the second quarter, and junior Tyler Carey scored soon afterward with 9:02 remaining. Senior Ty Bassett capped the first-half scoring with TDs at the 7:41 juncture and the 3:15 mark of the second quarter.
In the second half, Paulus scored his second TD with 7:31 left in the third quarter, and Kingman senior Daniel Dias scored the Bulldogs’ only touchdown with 2:08 left in the period.
Collin Knight scored the lone TD of the fourth quarter with 1:09 left in the game.
Cougars coach Wade Krug said it felt good to bounce back after the loss from last week. It feels good any time you get a win, he added.
“Everybody played, and it was a great, fun night for all these guys,” he said. “They just did what they needed to do to get the win.”
The big change from getting out of last week’s hole was focus, Krug said. The Cougars are going to be focused for the last few weeks of the season, he added.
Paulus echoed Krug, saying it felt like they all put the past out of their minds, came to practice and focused on what they needed to do for the win. Looking back on his two touchdowns, Scordato said he feels pretty good.
“It’s a team effort,” he said. “I’m happy with what I did.”
Bulldogs head coach Cam Wierson said he didn’t think his players played as hard as they could have.
At halftime, he challenged them to prove to themselves if they were going to be the kind of men who continue to go hard or the kind of men who get mopey and quit.
The Chino Valley High School Homecoming Royalty were crowned during halftime. Freshmen Matthew Davis and Sabrina Lopez were chosen as the freshman count and countess, sophomores Oscar Gomez and Nayeli Pina were chosen as the sophomore duke and duchess, seniors Cody Jasper and Ellen Joseph were chosen as the junior prince and princess, and seniors Garrett Thompson and Lauren Foster were crowned king and queen.
The Chino Valley Cougars visit the Wickenburg Academy Wranglers at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. The Wranglers are 4-2.
Kingman is at home against the Northwest Christian Crusaders (6-1) at 7 p.m. Oct. 12.