SVC forced to adjust, finds way past CVC


MISSION VIEJO – Saddleback Valley Christian defeated Capistrano Valley Christian, 13-10, in a thrilling San Joaquin League matchup Saturday at Capistrano Valley High.

Capistrano Valley Christian coach Eric Preszler wanted to slow the pace of the game down and control the ball to keep the high-powered Warriors offense off the field.

“They definitely threw us off our game. We expected them to throw the ball a lot more,” Saddleback Valley Christian coach Brendan Chambers said. “They had a great game plan. We made some adjustments at halftime and I give all the credit in the world to these coaches and players for battling through adversity.”

The first score of the game didn’t come until late in the first quarter, after CVC punter Ryan Rapattoni pinned the SVC offense down to the two-yard line. Cade Henjum was brought down by a host of Eagle defenders in the end zone for a safety to give CVC a 2-0 lead.

On the second possession of the second half, Henjum found Savaii Cravens on a 38-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors a 6-2 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, Henjum scrambled out of pressure and completed an 11-yard pass to David Molina in the back of the end zone.

CVC answered on the ensuing possession. Daniel Herber threw a short touchdown pass to Ben Sukut. Herber found the endzone on a two-point conversion to cut the Warrior lead to three.

On the first play from scrimmage following the touchdown, Dalton Lohman fumbled and Nolan Kahal recovered the ball to give CVC the ball.

Sukut had a 36-yard touchdown run called back on a holding penalty and the Warrior defense caused a fumble at the two-yard line to seal the victory.

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