After last season's state championship win against Wheat Ridge there was a certain inevitability to Valor Christian's 2011 campaign. The fact that Valor would win the 2011 4A state title was enhanced when the Eagles defeated Grandview, Regis and Pomona, three of 5As best, during the first month of the season. A series of lopsided victories the remainder of the season saw no 4A squad score over 13 points against a Valor defense spearheaded by multiple future DI players. Offensively, big plays were the norm with Valor averaging well over 40 points a game.
Opposite Valor in yesterday's state championship game was a Pine Creek squad undefeated on the strength of a strong run game and great defense. No doubt an underdog, there was some hope that a squad that had compiled 34 wins over the past three seasons would at least make things interesting. It was not to be as Valor again sent a message defeating a talented, experienced and motivated Pine Creek 66-10.
A tight 7-3 first quarter gave hope for an interesting final but a 2nd quarter explosion of scores highlighted by three TDs from the McCaffrey brothers created a 35 point deficit Pine Creek would not recover from.
Leading the onslaught was sophomore playmaker Christian McCaffrey who scored four times on the day, two on the ground and two on receptions, as he posted nearly 300 yards of total offense.
On the season, Valor was 14 and 0, 4 and 0 against 5A opponents and over the past three seasons 3 and 0 in state title games. Next year could see some drama in that top names on both sides of the ball including Max McCaffrey, Andrew Pint, Stephen Miller, Alex Kozan, JaVaughn Johnson, AJ Isenberg and Michael Mann as well as others, will take their games to the next level.
Even with the graduation of numerous top line players, Valor will be fine as Christian McCaffrey returns, as does top 2013 defender Stanley Gilbert. Expect a bevy of new and talented players to step up and make names for themselves as the Eagles attempt to make it 4 and 0 in state title games.