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Canyon football slams Quartz Hill

Cowboys starts fast and have no trouble with northern foe

Posted: September 20, 2013 10:51 p.m.
Updated: September 20, 2013 10:51 p.m.

Two weeks after knocking off Clovis West in a resounding 48-0 victory, Canyon High made yet another major statement, defeating Quartz Hill 55-14 at Canyon High School’s Harry Welch Stadium on Friday night.

The game was a far cry from the matchup between the two squads in 2012, in which Quartz Hill came away with a narrow victory in a 54-49 shootout on its home field.

“You never know what to expect on Friday night,” Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez said about the lopsided final score. “Our goal is to focus on the kids and get better from our mistakes and our accomplishments.”

Canyon came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, capitalizing on big plays and Quartz Hill turnovers to put an unprecedented 21 points on the scoreboard within the first minute of the game.

Andre Bannister opened up the scoring for the Cowboys, taking the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and an early 7-0 Canyon lead.

On the following kickoff, Quartz Hill fumbled the ball, turning it over to Canyon on the Rebels’ 14-yard line. The Cowboys offense took advantage of the prime field position, scoring on its first play with a 14-yard pass from Cade Apsay to Alec Abbinanti.

To the horror of the Quartz Hill fans, the very first play of the following drive resulted in another fumble, this one picked up by Ronnie Walker who rumbled in for a score from seven yards out.

And just like that, 42 seconds into the game, Canyon was up 21-0.

Keeping with a trend that had been set in its first two competitions, Canyon was led by a ball-hawking defense that forced six turnovers and kept Quartz Hill from gaining any momentum.

On offense, running back Myron McAfee was nearly unstoppable, rushing for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, including a 96-yard touchdown scamper with 4:59 left in the second quarter.

Quarterback Cade Apsay finished the night 9-for-13 for 159 yards and three touchdowns.

On the Quartz Hill side, running back Mason Dicop was the workhorse for the Rebels, rushing the ball 33 times for 118 yards.


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