Castle Rock, CO
The Sabercats 3-game win streak came to an abrasive halt on Friday as top ranked Valor cruised to their 6th blow-out victory of the season. Valor (6-0), the private school from Highlands Ranch has only allowed 19 points the entire year.
With the transfer wait-period ending this past week, Valor was even more powerful on Friday night. Castle View (4-2) had no answers on offense as the Valor defense suffocated CV. Falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter, CV did string together an impressive 9 minute drive, only to stall on the 7 yard line. Valor took over with less than a minute to go in the half and marched the entire distance to deliver what would be a dagger into the heart of CV before the half ended.
Coach Ed McCaffery relied heavily upon his quarterback son, Luke McCaffrey. Coach McCaffrey, the former Denver Bronco, refused to run the ball, practically the entire night (Valor did not attempt a designed run play until there was only 6 minutes left in the game).
Instead, he chose to put the game in the Nebraska commits hands who put up gaudy numbers. The senior QB passed for 432 yards and 4 touchdowns plus scrambled for another. Valor continued to throw the ball deep down the field late into the game, despite having a 35-point advantage.
The Sabercats will learn from this defeat at the hands of a team who since 2009, has been to 8 state title games and won seven state championships, winning an astonishing 115 games along the way. Regardless of the loss, Castle View is not dissuaded. They were back to work this morning and in good spirits, planning for Mountain Vista and a chance to improve to 5-2. This team can make a very legitimate playoff run down the stretch.
The program is in good hands and is moving in the right direction. This group of players have played football with each other their whole lives and have committed to staying in their own neighborhood to make their program better with a goal of getting into and winning in the post-season.