However, Valley Center managed to slow its visitor a bit Friday night. Maize South led Goddard Eisenhower 20-0 at the end of the first quarter last week, but the Mavericks were scoreless until the second quarter Friday.
Senior Wes Phillips, who played sparingly last week due to a high ankle sprain, kicked off the scoring Friday at Valley Center. His touchdown off a 27-yard pass put the Mavericks ahead 7-0 at halftime.
A holding call against Maize South led to a 10-yard penalty with 8:57 left in the third quarter. Even so, Phillips’ 21-yard touchdown run with 7:32 remaining sent Maize South into the final stanza with a 13-0 advantage.
Another holding call against the Mavericks resulted in a repeat 10-yard penalty at the 7:46 mark, but they managed to move the ball to the three-yard line and then senior Jesse Rogers carried it to the one-yard line. Junior Chase Bell picked up the touchdown with five minutes to go, and Maize led 19-0.
Pfeifer credited the defense with more aggressive play after halftime.
“I think our defense really played hard in that second half,” he remarked.
Bell added the final touchdown with 2:46 on the clock. Maize South, now 3-0 on the season, prevailed 25-0.
“Defensively I thought we played pretty good,” said Valley Center coach Pat Haxton. “We’re just not very good offensively right now.”
The Hornets dropped to 0-3 overall. It was a tough outing against the newest member of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League’s Division II.
“They’re better than us right now,” Haxton said of Maize South.
Valley Center will host Sunrise Christian Academy next week. Andover Central will play at Maize South.