Big plays in second half bolster Valor Christian past Pine Creek

COLORADO SPRINGS — Valor Christian found themselves in the rare position of being behind at halftime. Two big plays at the start of the third quarter and the Eagles were on the board with two touchdowns to erase a double-digit lead from Pine Creek.

On the back of 275 second-half rushing yards the best of 5A, Valor Christian, edged out the best of 4A, Pine Creek 24-14.

Valor Christian running back Gavin Sawchuk went for 170 yards on 19 carries and quarterback Jack Howell gained 144 yards on 15 carries. They bested Pine Creek’s David Moore III on the scoreboard but not in rushing with his 20 carries for 193 yards

Pine Creek easily drove through Valor Christian on the first possession of the game going 80 yards. Bolstered by a long Gavin Herberg pass to tight end Rece Rowan and capped by a 29-yard pass to Eddie Kyle as the 4A Eagles led by a touchdown just minutes into the game.

Valor responded with a field goal.

On the first play of their second drive, Pine Creek received a treat. Moore III cut back his carry to the left side up the middle, then bounced to the left and was gone for a touchdown. Pine Creek was quickly ahead 14-3.

But the big play was a sign of what was to come against Pine Creek in the second half.

Down 11, Valor started the second half with an 80-yard scamper from Sawchuk as he sped ahead off the left side.

Pine Creek went three and out and a few plays later Valor quarterback Howell took off from his own 45. Keeping it for 55 yards he gave his Eagles a 17-14 lead.