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Canyon cuts through Steele Canyon

Cowboys shut out opponent from the far south

Posted: October 4, 2013 10:47 p.m.
Updated: October 4, 2013 10:47 p.m.
Cowboys shut out opponent from the far south. Cowboys shut out opponent from the far south.
Cowboys shut out opponent from the far south.

One week after surrendering more points than it had in its first three games combined, the motivated Canyon defense bolstered the Cowboys to a 28-0 win over the Steele Canyon Cougars on Friday, some 175 miles from home in Spring Valley.

But more than the defense, it was a balanced team victory.

“I think, in general, for the whole team, it was something we made sure we battled back,” said Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez.

Canyon (4-1) had some double motivation for the game — a 45-21 loss to Notre Dame on Sept. 27 and a bitter 49-49 home tie to Steele Canyon last season in which the Cowboys led by 20 points late in the third quarter.

That loss fell heavily on the defense, but this time around Canyon wouldn’t let that happen.

The Cowboys made six sacks, and Tevon Priestley intercepted a third-quarter pass.

Gutierrez said interior defensive linemen Phillip Dent and Ryan Swart (who had two sacks) made things difficult for the Cougars (2-3) and linebacker Jacob Clarke, who also had two sacks, sealed off the outside passing lanes.

On offense, Canyon senior quarterback Cade Apsay had his fifth straight solid game, completing 21-of-37 passes for 268 yards with two touchdowns. He also added 31 rushing yards.

Apsay had a 72-yard scoring connection to Liam Cabrera.Cabrera had six catches for 168 yards.

Canyon’s Elijah Williams had 11 carries for 78 yards and had a sack, and Myron McAfee ran the ball 11 times for 60 yards and scored two touchdowns.

The Cowboys led 14-0 going into halftime and by the same score going into the third quarter.

Canyon opens up Foothill League play as the road team at Canyon High on Friday against Golden Valley.


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