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The Friday night lights shined the brightest over the city of Chandler on Nov. 28.
The game was a tale of two halves. In the first, Valley Christian (2-3) was able to hang with Tempe Prep. In the second half, however, the Knights (4-1) were able to pull away and turned the game into a 45-21 rout.
With the high school football season just around the corner, some teams will look to continue their run of success while others will look to regain it.
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A 27-0 second quarter - keyed by a pair of fourth-down conversions – gave Scottsdale Prep the advantage it needed in Saturday’s crucial Division V, Section IV football matchup against Valley Christian at Chaparral High School.
Valley Christian coach Jeff Rutledge explains what he wants done next during the game against Tempe Prep Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 in Phoenix. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Tempe Prep is bouncing back after losing its first three games to teams with a combined record of 11-3 (including unbeaten Phoenix Northwest Christian).
A play here, a good break there, and this one easily could have been one of those three- or four-score blowouts for either team on the field.
Valley Christian coach Jeff Rutledge talks on a headset on the sideline as the team hosts Arizona Lutheran, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Chandler. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Valley Christian coach Jeff Rutledge reacts to his team gaining control during a turn over as the team hosts Arizona Lutheran, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Chandler. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Valley Christian coach Jeff Rutledge talks to a player on the sideline as the team hosts Arizona Lutheran, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Chandler. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Oh, so close.
Outlook: It’s very rare for the Valley Christian football program to suffer two consecutive losing seasons. That’s what happened in 2011 and 2012, but the personnel returning this season makes it very unlikely the streak reaches a third year. The Trojans have fallen from their spot among the Division V elite in recent years but a playoff berth seems likely this season, and once they get there, the Trojans could do some damage.
We’ve hit the “dead” zone.
It took awhile, but Valley Christian has hired Jeff Rutledge as its new football coach on Monday.
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