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2016 football training camp series: Canyon High

The Cowboys’ deep and quick receiving corp will line up on both sides of the ball

Posted: August 17, 2016 10:43 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2016 10:43 p.m.
Canyon High’s Jake Gavin goes out for a pass during practice at Canyon High on Wednesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. Canyon High’s Jake Gavin goes out for a pass during practice at Canyon High on Wednesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Canyon High’s Jake Gavin goes out for a pass during practice at Canyon High on Wednesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Canyon High wide receiver Brian Stuart (21) runs the ball during practice at Canyon on Wednesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. Canyon High wide receiver Brian Stuart (21) runs the ball during practice at Canyon on Wednesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Canyon High wide receiver Brian Stuart (21) runs the ball during practice at Canyon on Wednesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
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No matter what storyline you pick with Canyon High football, it’s hard not to tie it somehow to the program’s hope of bouncing back from last year’s 2-8 season.

It’s true of the Cowboys’ deep receiving core, which features three players who will try to raise the team’s level of play on both sides of the ball.

Senior Jivanni McKoy will start at wideout and strong safety.

Senior Camden Apsay will start out wide and at free safety.

And senior Jake Gavin will balance catching passes from senior quarterback Miles Fallin with punishing ball carriers from his outside linebacker position.

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A key, the players said, is conditioning. And as McKoy affirmed, whether or not a player is fit to play both ways shows up more in games than in practice.

“During the game, it’s much faster and it’s reaction,” McKoy said. “If you’re not conditioned, that will show.”

It also takes heightened concentration to know the team’s schemes and plays on both sides of the ball.

Gavin, who has played both ways since picking up the sport in seventh grade, said it’s a matter of asking questions.

“You have to put in extra time to ask questions,” said Gavin, who made 32 tackles last season and hauled in 18 passes for 283 yards and three scores. “You can’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure to talk to coaches about the plays you’re doing and the things you have to look out for.”

Which side of the ball does Gavin like better?

“I prefer offense because I like having the ball in my hands and getting six points,” Gavin said.

Canyon coach Rich Gutierrez said Gavin brings an intensity to the Cowboys. He plays with a reckless abandon and physicality that serves him well on offense and defense.

McKoy brings explosiveness and playmaking ability to the field. He said his ball-hawking skills translate across the line of scrimmage.

“He has a knowledge of the defense,” Gutierrez said of McKoy. “It goes back to (2014 Foothill League Defensive Player of the Year) Izzy Cabrera. Izzy was like that (with his) knowledge of the game so he could play at a faster pace, and that’s what Jivanni does. I think he has great recognition skills.”

Apsay is steady, consistent, however you want to put it. You know what you’re going to get from him. He led Canyon in receiving last season with 29 catches for 397 yards and two touchdowns. He recorded one interception and 13 tackles.

McKoy recorded one pick and 28 tackles on defense. He caught 16 balls for 228 yards and a score.

Players agree the receiving corps — which includes seniors Andrew Quezada and Brian Stuart (“He’s like our dude on offense,” Gutierrez said of Stuart) — has better chemistry with each other and with Fallin than last season when the Cowboys struggled to find a rhythm in the passing game.

That Cowboys are hoping that helps makes for a new storyline in 2016.

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