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HORNET FOOTBALL: Valley falls to Eisenhower
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: October 12, 2017

The Valley Center High School football team fell to 5-1 with a 42-14 loss to Goddard Eisenhower on the road Friday (Oct. 6). Eisenhower was previously winless.

“On paper, it looks like this was a huge upset, but it really wasn't," coach Caleb Smith said. “They're a team we knew played a brutal schedule this year and had played tough teams tough."

Valley Center trailed 21-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at the half.

The Hornets responded to a halftime challenge with two touchdowns in the third quarter.

But Eisenhower shut the door early in the fourth quarter with a touchdown.

Valley Center battled the wind all night. Playing against it, passes floated. Playing with it, passes sailed over receivers' heads.

Eisenhower, meanwhile, used its deceptive ground game to control the clock, tame the wind and put more than enough points on the board.

“They're definitely a pound-it team and we're a team that has to be a little more multiple," Smith said. “We've gotten a lot of breaks this year and tonight that kind of reversed on us. That's football."

In the third quarter, quarterback Parker Schrater ended a Valley Center drive with a one-yard touchdown dive.

Schrater threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Zach Gillig for a touchdown less than four minutes later, trimming Eisenhower's lead to 28-14.

Valley got no closer.

The Hornets will return to Goddard next Friday (Oct. 13) for a game with Goddard, which is undefeated.

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