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Canyon has a rough time

Cowboys blitzed in first half and can’t recover

Posted: September 11, 2009 11:57 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
BAKERSFIELD — If the first game of the season is any indication, it looks like the Bakersfield High Drillers have put together another one of those dominant teams.

The Drillers controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage to beat Canyon 43-7 in Friday night’s opener at Griffith Field.

It could have been more lopsided, because the Drillers lost three fumbles inside the Canyon 10-yard line, and an apparent 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty.

“We averaged five, six turnovers a game last year,” said Drillers head coach Paul Golla. “We can’t come out and do that same stuff or it’ll be a long season.”

But the Drillers’ defense had such a dominant performance that Canyon could not take advantage of any of Bakersfield’s turnovers.

Drillers senior quarterback Brian Burrell had a brilliant statistical night, including 12 carries for 146 yards and three touchdowns, plus 10-of-17 passing for 132 yards and another score.

“We believe he’s one of the best kids around anywhere,” Golla said. “He’s so poised, he’s elusive, and you saw him pull away from people. You don’t see him get enough credit about his speed.”

Burrell got the Drillers off to a strong start on their fourth play from scrimmage when he raced around his right end and broke into an open field for a 67-yard touchdown run.

“I just ran my blocks. The line did a great job,” Burrell said.

He later added two 1-yard touchdown runs and had a 20-yard TD pass to Alfonso Jackson. All of those scores came in the first half. He had two 31-yard runs in the second half.

It was 28-0 at halftime, and after Burrell’s second 1-yard score with 5:23 left in the first half, the Drillers had a 256-12 edge in total offense.

Canyon had only three first downs in the first half.

Canyon avoided the shutout when running back Tyler Miller muscled in from two yards out with 11:03 left in the game, capping a 49-yard, 11-play drive.

Canyon sophomore quarterback Jonathan Jerozal and freshman wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky had the Cowboys’ best offensive numbers. Jerozal was 12-of-24 for 119 yards and Wolitarsky caught five of those passes for 83 yards.

The Drillers sacked Jerozal four times, and that didn’t include linebacker David Williams tackling Jerozal in the end zone for a safety on the first play, after Bakersfield had lost a fumble on the 1-yard line.


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