Chino Valley closes year with .500 record

Chino Valley sophomore Michael Paulus scores the first touchdown in a 48-28 victory against Odyssey Institute on Friday, Oct. 28 in Chino Valley.

Photo by Ken Sain.

Chino Valley sophomore Michael Paulus scores the first touchdown in a 48-28 victory against Odyssey Institute on Friday, Oct. 28 in Chino Valley.

Chino Valley High School’s football team closed its season with an ugly 48-28 victory against Odyssey Institute, finishing with its first non-losing mark since 2010.

Senior running back Gavin Thompson rushed 15 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns in a game where three Chino Valley players and two Cougar coaches were ejected by the referees.

One Odyssey player was also ejected.

Michael Paulus opened the scoring for Chino Valley (5-5) on a 3-yard touchdown run. The Cougars followed that up on their next possession with a flea-flicker play. Senior quarterback Josh Fisher tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to senior Andrew Granillo, who was all by himself in the end zone as the Odyssey defense was completely fooled by the trick play.

“We’ve been working on that play for a month,” Chino Valley coach Wade Krug turned and said to a reporter.

Odyssey (2-8) scored on a Brandon Eveland to Keiser Hoffman 42-yard touchdown pass, closing the deficit to 12-7 in the first quarter.

Paulus, a sophomore who acted as quarterback for some of the first half, scored again from 20-yards on a run where he was carrying defenders with him.

Odyssey answered with a Walter Morman 25-yard touchdown run, making the score 20-14. On the next play, Thompson ran 68 yards for his first touchdown.

The Cougars followed that up with a 33-yard Fisher to Granillo touchdown pass, giving them a commanding 33-14 lead.

The second half was filled with personal fouls, and Krug and assistant coach Kirk DeHamer were both ejected for arguing with the referees.