Chino Valley Overpowered By Wickenburg Running Game

16 October 2017
Wickenburg Wranglers junior running back Luis Jimenez battles past the Chino Valley Cougars defense on Friday, October 13th, 2017 in Chino Valley, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Wickenburg Wranglers Battle for 500 Yards In Victory Against Chino Valley Cougars

CHINO VALLEY- The Wickenburg Wranglers were known to be a run-heavy team, averaging just over 332 yards on the ground per game according to Max Preps. On the road against the Chino Valley Cougars on Friday night, October 13th, the Wranglers didn’t disappoint and racked up 500 rushing yards in a 61-21 victory

“That’s our mantra, that’s what we are all about,” Wranglers’ Head Coach Carson Miller said. “We run the ball and stop the run.”

Five players reached over 50 rushing yards in the game for Wickenburg, as senior Alex Carrasco led the charge with 266 yards. In addition, five players hit pay dirt on the ground with junior Kegan Lindsay scoring three touchdowns in his return.

“It’s very dangerous, they run that offense very well,” Cougars head coach Wade Krug said. “They (Wickenburg) do a great job of just running that old buck sweep, counter, dive offense. It’s effective.”

In the first quarter, both teams put a touchdown on the board. Wickenburg entered the second quarter with a one-point lead following a successful two-point conversion, something the team had working all night as the Wranglers converted a two-point conversion following every touchdown.

Both offenses would cause crooked numbers on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Just around a minute remaining on the clock before halftime and down 24-14, Cougars senior Colton Sandberg pulled off a fake punt and ran over 50 yards for a touchdown.

However, the eight-point deficit would grow. At 1:22 remaining on the clock, Wickenburg had just enough time to rush down the field and score another touchdown for a 32-21 lead at the half.

“They (Chino Valley) got some wind in their sails with that play,” Miller said. “That could ruin a team but to go right down there and score like we did, it took all the wind out of their sails. Any momentum they had, we took it right back.”

It was full speed ahead in the second half for Wickenburg as the Wranglers scored 29 unanswered points, while the Cougars did not reach the end zone for the remainder of the game.

The third and fourth quarters were more of the same for Chino Valley against Wickenburg as the Cougars have only managed a touchdown against the Wranglers during the second half in their past two meetings.

“A great first half, one of our best first halves we’ve ever played against Wickenburg,” Krug said. “Unfortunately, the second half has been our Achilles heel against Wickenburg for the last couple years. They just got more bodies, bigger bodies, and they just wear us down.”

The Cougars have another difficult challenge waiting as the Northwest Christian Crusaders come to town. According to Max Preps, the Crusaders have put 268 points on opponents this year while only allowing 128 points. Kickoff is Friday night, October 20th, at 7 pm. The game will also mark Chino Valley’s final home game and senior night.