Last Minute Field Goal Sends Cougars Football to Victory

03 September 2017
Photos Courtesy: Matt Santos
Cougars' Senior Matt Rios Nails Game-Winning Forty-Two Yard Field Goal With One Minute Remaining

CHINO VALLEY- In the home opener of the season for the Chino Valley Cougars football team Friday night, September 1st, senior Cougars soccer player and first-year football player Matt Rios nailed a forty-two yard field goal with one minute left to win the game over the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions 28-27.

“It was almost unreal,” said Rios. “For that to happen my first year, it’s crazy. All the guys start swarming me and it’s just, like, you feel amazing.”

The field goal was set up by a Sedona turnover on downs following a Scorpions interception late in the fourth quarter. Stopping Sedona in the redzone allowed Chino Valley to have one last chance at the win.

“That was an amazing stop,” senior quarterback and defensive back Michael Paulus said. “Got our hearts pumping, adrenaline pumping, and we just knew we need to score right here and it’s our game.”

The final tally on the scoreboard was the Chino Valley Cougars' first lead since Paulus opened the scoring with a touchdown in the first quarter, his first of three in the game. The game was tied twice with Sedona’s biggest lead being nine points.

Chino Valley had some mistakes in the game with two interceptions, a couple of failed two-point conversions and a fumble recovered for a touchdown by Sedona.

“I thought we played well, but I thought we just played down a level,” Paulus said.

Nonetheless, the Cougars pushed through the mistakes and won their second game of the season.

“The last two weeks, we’ve been the cardiac kids,” Chino Valley Head Coach Wade Krug said. “We’re making the mental mistakes but right now, even though we make the mental mistakes, we’re doing a good job of keeping our composure and knowing that we can finish drives and we can finish games-even if it is with a forty-two yard field goal.”

“It shows us that if we can play a good clean game, we can play consistent with fewer penalties, fewer mental mistakes, we can be very competitive and we can put some points on the board,” Krug continued.

The Cougars (2-0) hit the road again Friday, September 8th, for a matchup against Tuba City (2-1). Kickoff is 7pm.


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