Valor’s stellar season started long ago |

Valor’s stellar season started long ago

Valor Christian junior quarterback Brock Berglund fires off a pass during the Eagles’ Nov. 21 Class 3A state quarterfinal football game against visiting Glenwood Springs.

Valor game-by-game recap

■ Sept. 3: Valor 14, D’Evelyn 13

The Eagles trailed 13-7 at halftime, and picked up the victory on George Talanoa’s 1-yard touchdown run with 5:16 left in the game. Although early in the season, the game signaled a significant turning point for Valor.

■ Sept. 12: Valor 48, Alameda 7

Valor led 27-7 at halftime and scored 21 points in the third quarter to run away with the victory. Junior quarterback Brock Berglund had two rushing touchdowns to go along with his three passing scores.

■ Sept. 18: Valor 21, Conifer 6

Berglund threw three touchdown passes, and the Eagles defense dominated. Valor limited Conifer to 204 yards of offense. Tight end Blake Froistad caught three touchdowns, and the defense created three fumbles.

■ Sept. 25: Valor 42, Evergreen 14

Valor was dominant defensively, recovering two fumbles, picking off two passes and collecting six sacks. Berglund threw three touchdowns and ran for another.

■ Oct. 2: Valor 41, Centaurus 19

Centaurus led, 13-7, after the first quarter, and the game was tied at 13 at the half. Valor held a 20-19 lead going into the fourth quarter before erupting for 21 unanswered points. Berglund ran for two touchdowns, and Jared Ward, Talanoa and Matt Corral each had one.

■ Oct. 9: Valor 48, Skyview 0

It was complete Valor dominance. The Eagles held Skyview to 121 yards of offense and got touchdowns from six players.

■ Oct. 16: Valor 62, Englewood 0

It was over in a flash. The Eagles scored 35 first-quarter points and led 48-0 at halftime. The team limited Englewood to 137 yards of offense. Eleven Eagles rushed the ball and Valor blocked two punts — one of which was returned for a touchdown.

■ Oct. 23: Valor 21, Elizabeth 14

Valor controlled the game but had to wade through a late fourth-quarter charge from Elizabeth to hang on for the win. Ryan Nu’u’s 45-yard touchdown catch from Berglund midway through the third quarter proved to be the difference.

■ Oct. 31: Valor 59, Ridgeview Academy 12

Valor jumped out 28-0 in the first quarter and steamrolled Ridgeview Academy behind four touchdowns from Berglund. The Eagles were again good on special teams, blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown.

■ Nov. 6: Valor 22, D’Evelyn 20

In a game to decide the Metro League title and see who would get a top-four seed in the playoffs, Valor showed its depth. Even without Berglund or its top receiver and top running back, Valor was able to pull out the victory. The Eagles led just 15-13 in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Michael Miller scampered in from 30 yards out to give Valor a 22-13 lead with 2:38 left.


■ First round, Nov. 13: Valor 45, Cañon City 13

Up just 12-7 at halftime, Valor outscored Cañon City, 20-6, in the third quarter and, 13-0, in the fourth quarter to run away with the win. Berglund had four rushing touchdowns, and freshman Cameron Gray had two.

■ Quarterfinals, Nov. 21: Valor 51,

Glenwood Springs 28

Berglund was magnificent in helping Valor build a 35-7 halftime lead. The junior was 21 of 30 for 380 yards and six touchdown passes. He also added a rushing touchdown. Nine receivers caught passes, with Stephen Miller and Froistad each going for more than 100 yards receiving.

■ Semifinals, Nov. 28: Valor 21, Mountain View 7

Valor’s defense limited Mountain View to 183 yards of offense, and the Eagles showed how complete a team they are. Gray returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown. The freshman also scored one on the ground to go along with a Talanoa rushing touchdown.

Valor Christian season statistics

Valor Christian, Opponent

212, First Downs, 161

469-2,917, Rushes-Yards, 443-1,567

116-198-6, Comp-Att-Int, 120-268-15

2,268, Yards Passing, 1,468

5,185, Total Yards, 3,035

32-31.5, Punts-Avg., 68-29

27-13, Fumbles-lost, 31-20

93-876, Penalties-Yards, 64-519


Opponent, 40-39-33-41—153

Valor Christian, 164-121-115-95—495


Brock Berglund 104-842, 13 TD; George Talanoa 82-435, 7 TD; Matt Corral 66-407, 1 TD; Jared Ward 49-349, 5 TD; Michael Miller 36-157, 4 TD; Ryan Nu’u 27-167; Cameron Gray 27-164, 4 TD; Ty Scott 13-69, 1 TD; Stanley Gilbert 2-6; Andrew Pint 5-10, 1 TD; Lelen Lang 5-28; Braxton Peats 12-151, 2 TD; Carzell Vickers 5-45; Carlos Aviles 4-49, 1 TD; Evan Mori 4-13; Michael Kortz 3-46; Jack Ramirez 2-4; Cody Thibault 1-30; Maxwell McCaffrey 1-18.


Berglund 100-170-4, 2,027 yards, 26 touchdowns; Michael Miller 12-18-2, 168 yards, 1 TD; Taylor Brown 1-1-0, 59 yards; Ramirez 3-6-0, 28 yards, Thibault 1-1-0, 4 yards.


Nu’u 13-376, 4 TD; Vickers 10-164, 1 TD; Sackett Keesen 12-133; Brown 13-317, 4 TD; Peats 2-30; Michael Miller 8-67, 1 TD; Preston Knight 1-4; McCaffrey 4-44, 2 TD; Stephen Miller 6-143, 1 TD; Cole Anderson 1-7; Ward 6-124, 3 TD; Lang 2-45; Talanoa 2-12, 1 TD; Gray 1-10; Corral 10-89; Blake Froistad 21-505, 9 TD.

Valor Christian junior quarterback Brock Berglund fires off a pass during the Eagles' Nov. 21 Class 3A state quarterfinal football game against visiting Glenwood Springs.