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Cougars win third straight with 26-7 win over AZ College Prep
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PHOTO: Chino Valley’s Mike Paulus makes a tackle as the Cougars host Arizona College Prep on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in Chino Valley. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

PHOTO: Chino Valley’s Mike Paulus makes a tackle as the Cougars host Arizona College Prep on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in Chino Valley. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Despite the Arizona College Prep. Knights scoring their first touchdown of the season, the Chino Valley Cougars kept their winning streak alive with a 26-7 victory Friday night.

The first touchdown of the night came with 8:32 left in the first quarter when Senior Michael Paulus passed the ball to senior Elijah Scordato who ran it in for a combined 42-yards.

Paulus and Scordato both called it a great way to start the game.

That was followed by Paulus scoring with 11:06 left in the second quarter, junior Tyler Carey scoring with 1:54 to go in the third quarter and junior Trevor Gianfrancesco making the Cougar’s final touchdown with 7:05 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Bryan Dyson scored the Knights’ sole touchdown with 4:31 left to go in the third quarter.

Though it wasn’t exactly the win they were hoping for, Cougars head coach Wade Krug said a win is a win no matter how good, bad or ugly it is.

“I was really happy with these guys and the way they came out tonight and they continued to play, continued to fight,” Krug said. “They allowed them to come back, but we held our composure and we continued to play through the night and we did a really good job of just controlling our own fate tonight.”

Scoring their first touchdown of the season felt good, said Knights head coach Myron Blueford, calling it all “a process” which they can build on.

Paulus echoed Krug’s comments that a win is a win with both him and Scordato saying they need to get ready for the next game.

“I feel like we could have prepared better, we kind of came in big-headed, but it’s over now so we got to move on to next week and get prepared,” Scordato said.

STUDENT ATHLETES HONORED

During halftime, Chino Valley recognized its inductees into the school’s athletics Hall of Fame class of 2018. Included were Nathan Zavos, who graduated in 2010 and played three sports, Randy Jackson, a record-holding basketball player who graduated in 1999 and played two sports, Kyle Kensing, who graduated in 2001, and Chino Rentals, inducted for its years of dedication to CVHS athletics.

UP NEXT

The Cougars visit Odyssey Institute at 7p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Buckeye. The Minotaur’s are 4-0. The Knights are at home against the Tanque Verde Hawks at 7 p.m.

Jason Wheeler is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @PrescottWheels. Email him at jwheeler@prescottaz.com.

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