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NW Christian 19, Valley Christian 13 Valley Christian's upset bid stopped short

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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 9:11 pm | Updated: 4:18 pm, Wed Sep 4, 2013.

Oh, so close.

An interception at the 1-yard line thwarted Valley Christian's final drive of the day and last-ditch effort to pull off a big upset against defending-champion Phoenix Northwest Christian.

Instead, the Trojans fell, 19-13, on Saturday at the NAU Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff in both schools' Division V season opener.

In new coach Jeff Rutledge's debut, the Trojans (0-1) got a strong defensive effort, including Christian Hubbard returning a NW Christian interception 20 yards for a touchdown to put the Trojans on the board (and the lead) early in the second quarter.

The Trojans led 7-0 at halftime, but Travis Pollay's TD run and a 45-yard pass from Drew Inness to Matt Delos on a broken play gave the Crusaders (1-0) a 12-7 lead after three quarters.

Cory Kasperson and Brandon Haagsma hooked up for a 33-yard touchdown pass with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter to give Valley Christian the lead back at 13-12. But the 2-point conversion attempt failed, and Delos and Inness connected again from 25 yards out to give NW Christian its game-winning score.

Both teams struggled on special teams (outside TJ Widner's punting) and the Trojans had trouble offensively sustaining drives much of the day. But Dayton Nussle had a strong defensive effort up front for the Trojans.

NW Christian 19, Valley Christian 13

VC      0  7   0  6 -- 13

NWC   0  0  12  7 -- 19

VC - Christian Husband 20 INT return (Micah Izquierdo kick)

NWC - Travis Pollay 12 run (kick failed)

NWC - Matt Delos 45 pass from Drew Inness (run failed)

VC - Cory Kasperson 33 pass from Brandon Haagsma (run failed)

NWC - Delos 25 pass from Inness (Predovich kick)

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