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Chino Valley loses season finale to Northwest Christian
Prep Football

Chino Valley coach talks Wade Crug talks with Tyler Carey during Friday night’s game. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Chino Valley coach talks Wade Crug talks with Tyler Carey during Friday night’s game. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

CHINO VALLEY — Despite a valiant effort, the Chino Valley Cougars were unable to overcome the Northwest Christian Crusaders in their final game of the season Friday night, Oct. 26, losing 56-12.

Crusaders senior Aren van Hofwegen scored the game’s first touchdown with 7:50 left in the first quarter followed by senior Jordan Ehlers scoring with 7:30 left in the first quarter, junior Jonathan Metzger taking the third touchdown with 2:49 left in the first quarter and senior Levi Bourland recovering a fumble and running it in for a touchdown with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.

Hofwegen would continue for another touchdown with 6:43 left in the second quarter, and junior Easton Meier scored with 5:52 left. That was followed by senior Elijah Scordato scoring the Cougars’ first touchdown with 4:18 left in the second quarter. Crusaders senior Zach Heidel ended the first half by scoring with 1:35 left in the second quarter.

Late in the third quarter, senior Michael Paulus would pass to Ty Bassett who scored the Cougars’ second touchdown with 3:14 left in the third quarter and Metzger responded with a touchdown with 1:30 left in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was scoreless.

Cougars head coach Wade Krug said the team played its heart out Friday night and that he was really proud of his players.

“They played their heart out tonight against a team that, honestly, they are the No. 1 team in the state,” Krug said. “It was an uphill battle but they came out, they played the whole entire night. They never slowed down; they just played until that final whistle.”

Crusaders head coach David Inness called the Cougars a quality team and said his team did a pretty good job.

“We wanted to come and … do what we do,” Inness said. “Run the ball and play great defense.”

Bassett said he felt great about his touchdown, noting that his grandfather passed away recently and he wanted to just come out and play for him. He said it was sad that it was his last game but added that believes next year’s team is going to be better.

Scordato also said he felt good about his touchdown, especially because it was in his last game. All he wanted to do was come out and play his hardest, he said.

“It’s obviously not the way I’d like it to end, but I got to play with the people I love the most,” Scordato said.

Looking forward to next year’s season, Krug said it is hard to gauge how the team is going to fare when compared to this year’s season due to the seniors coming out and new freshman coming in.

“Our biggest problem this year in a couple of the close games that we did lose was we lacked depth,” Krug said. “That’s one of our No. 1 goals is to increase depth.”

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