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Football, Game Article | November 4, 2021

Mountain Valley 8A Shake & Bake Churchill in, 35-0 Win

              Jordan Scheppler takes off for another positive play in the MV romp over Churchill, 35-0.


Defense wins Championships and that was the straw that stirred the win and a 2nd place finish for the 8A Football team. This year’s 8A team averages 23 points per game while giving up 8 points.

                           Go Hawks Go!!

For this battle the Panthers had a Hawk in their backfield 14 times for negative yards or no gain, and of that total of 28 plays on offense, the Hawks had 3 of those snaps resulting in a MVMS interception. On an election night that the tally showed these Panthers underwater with a minuscule, 0.7 yards per play.

Cooper Holland started and ended this Mountain Valley demolition of the Churchill Panthers with interceptions.

The Panther QB had 6 of his 7 passes caught but 3 of those receptions came from a MV defensive backfield with Holland doing the pleasure twice.

“I didn’t think I would catch them,” Holland recounted. “I came up lucky!”

On what the difference between the team last year and this one? “We are way better than last year…we just did more and it wasn’t boring,” Holland continued. “We were doing more and it was always entertaining.”

Mountain Valley’s offense wasn’t boring as they were potent with an 11 yards per play average and that included a 2nd half where the dogs were being put back in their kennel to help soothe the Churchill faithful on their short drive home.

The year finished with one loss to Smithson Valley MS (6-0) and a tie with Spring Branch (20-20). The 20 points scored by SBMS was the most surrendered this season after finishing this year by outscoring their counterparts by 116 points.


                    Top 5 GVAC Schools
         School               W  L  T     Pct
         Smithson Valley MS   8  0  0   1.000
         Mountain Valley MS   6  1  1    .813
         Alamo Heights MS     6  2  0    .750
         Pieper Ranch MS      6  2  0    .750
         Danville MS          4  4  0    .500

A well rounded team that maxed out with a 3 play and interception defense to start the game. That was followed with a 2 play drive with an Eli Hammons 12 yarder and then Jace Morales 25 yarder he took to the house and quick Hawk lead, 7-0.

    Way to go Mountain Valley Hawks!!

Another 4 play defensive stop that ended when the Churchill punter had that snap going over his head for a 19 yard loss.

This MV drive took one play of razzle-dazzle when Hammons got a pitch and then threw to a wide open Morales for 18 yards and the second Hawk score, 14-0.

Jack Stracener will be a good addition to next year’s high school team as this young man was good on all but one extra point try….it was as if this young man had a Mom who is the High School’s Soccer Coach.

Morales would get another pass on the Churchill next drive in the form of an interception that resulted in another Hawk drive that took 3 plays and Hammons scoring from one yard out.

This Hawk team had several defensive players that deserved some credit and The ReSporter caught up with one of those players in Sylas Turner.

“It was a fun year and everything I did, I did it for the team,” Turner said with reverence. “When we go to Canyon Lake we will go as a Family!”

Isiah Eureste, Cooper Holland, and Sylas Turner took care of the Panthers in dominating fashion.

Boring would not be in the MV Coaches lexicon when the next Mountain Valley score came on a play that was drawn up by lineman. Just like those games played on the sandlots.

“I drew up a play and told coach about it and coach said we would run it,” Isiah Eureste exclaimed with excitement. “That was my first time to carry the ball and it was one of the craziest things of my life. I was just shaking and baking.”

That shake & bake was good enough for a 27 yard run with those last yards seeing a Eureste reach with the ball over the pile-on for this touchdown.

On what would be his capsule for the season, “This was the best season of my life and we just showed the best of what we can do!”

Mountain Valley only mistake on this night was a fumble on their first play to start the 2nd half.

That mistake did not shake the defense as the Visitors could muster just 8 yards of offense while MV would be using the rest of their quarter putting together a 10 play 71 yard drive that had Jordan Scheppler’s 11 yard run that was followed by another 10 yarder from Hammons. Tristan Alexander put an exclamation points next with a 20 and 10 yard runs allowing Cash Ziemba with the final yard and final score, 35-0.

                  Hit’em Hard Hawks!!

That drive had a lineman with a carry for 4 yards by Ricky Wooding. That play is legal once Wooding faced the opposite goal line and then turned around and took the handoff for a 4 yard gain.

It would not be a boring game on this night for a team that finished just short of a championship season.

The game ended like it started when Holland intercepted the final Churchill pass  and then the MVMS season came to an end with a victory formation and convincing win over the Panthers.

A shake & bake finish for a team who will be in a CL Hawk uniform next time this group gets on the gridiron as a Family.

Way to Go Hawks!!


               1  2  3  4  Final
Churchill 8A   0  0  0  0  00
MVMS 8A       14 13  8  0  35
Scoring Summary:
MV-Jace Morales 25 yard run (Jack Stracener kick), 5:14, 1st
MV-Jace Morales 18 yard pass from Eli Hammons (Jack Stracener kick), 2:54, 1st
MV-Eli Hammons one yard run (pat failed), 5:21, 2nd
MV-Isiah Eureste 27 yard run (Jack Stracener kick), 2:09, 2nd
MV-Cash Ziemba one yard run (Jace Morales run), 0:08, 3rd

Team Stats        Panthers      Hawks
Total Yards       20            221
First Downs       2             14
Rush/Yards        21/6          18/169
Comp/Att/Int      3/7/3         2/2/0
Passing Yards     14            52
Punts/Average     1/22.0        0/0
Fumbles/Lost      1/0           2/1
Penalties-Yards   4-30          1-5

Passing           Comp  Att   Pct   Yds  Int TD
Jordan Scheppler  2     2   1.000   52   0   1

Rushing           Att   Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
Eli Hammmons        4   32    8.0   12   1
Tristan Alexander   2   30   15.0   29   0
Isiah Eureste       1   27   27.0   27   1
Jace Morales        1   25   25.0   25   1
Cash Ziemba         4   24    6.0   13   1
Jordan Scheppler    2   21   10.5   16   0
Ricky Wooding       1    4    4.0    4   0
Cayden Mills        1    4    4.0    4   0
Gram Simpson        2    2    1.0    4   0
Totals             18  169    9.4   29   4

Receiving          No   Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
Jace Morales        2   52   26.0   34   1