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Valley View strikes down Dragons

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Chico Dragons had their chances in their district opener in Valley View Friday, but they weren’t able to capitalize on them in a 28-7 loss to the Eagles.

Four times Chico drove to within the 20 yard line, only to come away with no points.

On the other side of the ball, it was a couple of big runs by Valley View in the second quarter that put the Dragons in an early hole. Landon Boaz broke free for a 63-yard scoring run to give Valley View the lead with 11:42 remaining in the quarter. Scott Prescher hauled in a 24-yard pass from Ethan McCollum for the Eagles’ second score with 9:33 left in the quarter. Jason Kelsey’s kicks on both scores were good to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead.

Late in the second quarter, it appeared Chico was about to pull within a touchdown. The Dragons drove to the 6-inch line, but turned the ball over on downs. On the Eagles’ second play, Boaz went 91 yards for his second touchdown of the game. Kelsey’s kick made it a 21-0 game.

On the ensuing kickoff, Chico’s Matt Carter returned the ball 91 yards for the score. Dalton Tullos’ kick made it 21-7 with 1:07 left in the first half. That would be all of the scoring for Chico on the night.

With 9:19 left in the game, Valley View’s Gabe Blankenau scored on a 4-yard run to seal the Eagles 28-7 win.

Chico had 239 yards of total offense, but only 11 yards rushing on 15 attempts.

Hunter York completed 21 for 40 pass attempts with two interceptions for the Dragons for a total of 228 yards. Chris Gilmore caught eight of those passes for 108 yards.

The loss drops Chico to 4-2 on the season and 0-1 in district play. Valley View improves to 3-3 and 1-0 in district. Chico will travel to Lindsey next week.

VALLEY VIEW 28, CHICO 7

Chico … 0 … 0 … 0 … … 0-7
Valley View … 0 … 21 … 0 … … 7-28

SECOND QUARTER

Valley View – 63 run by Landon Boaz; Jason Kelsey kick
Valley View – Ethan McCollum24 pass to Scot Prescher; Kelsey kick
Valley View – Boaz 98 run; Kelsey kick
Chico – Matt Carter 91 kickoff return; Dalton Tullos kick

THIRD QUARTER

Valley View – Gabe Blankenau 4 run; Kelsey kick

CHICO … VALLEY VIEW

First downs … 12 … 12
Rushes – yards … 15-11 … 41-283
Passing yards … 228 … 67
Total yards … 239 … 350
Comp – Att – Int … 21-40-2 … 3-6-0
Punts … 3-30 … 4-30
Fumbles – lost … 1-0 … 4-0
Penalties – yards … 5-22 … 4-25

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Chico, N/A; Valley View, Boaz 19-238
Receiving – Chico, Chris Gilmore 8-108; Valley View, Prescher 2-53
Passing – Chico, Hunter York 21-40-2-228; Valley View, McCollum 3-6-0-67

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