Chino Valley suffered another frustrating loss on Friday night, falling to the Scorpions of Red Rock 39-30.
Ahead 14-12 with only minutes left in the first half, the Cougars appeared to be on course for win number two on the season, but Red Rock reached the end zone and converted for two, entering the locker room at half time with a 20-14 lead.
Turnovers and penalties continue to plague CVHS, which now stands at 1-7 on the season. An interception returned by the Scorpions and a botched punt snap allowing Red Rock to gain control on their own two yard line resulting in another TD were key plays leading to the loss.
"Without those two mistakes, those 14 points, we have a win," said Apap. "They are a very good offensive team and we did a lot of really good things defensively. But the problem is offensively we just can't have all of these turnovers. We just can't have that. I can't say enough about that. Last week we had eight turnovers with five fumbles. I think last season I had eight all year. I'm just not used to that. We work on it and we will continue to work on it and we'll get better."
The Cougars close out their season with two road games, Friday, Oct. 19, at River Valley and Oct. 26 at Coconino, Flagstaff.