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SCCS runs roughshod over Pats

Cardinals score nine touchdowns in shootout at Canyon High School

Posted: October 4, 2009 12:38 a.m.
Updated: October 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Santa Clarita Christian School football amassed 520 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground en route to a 66-43 victory over Hesperia Christian Saturday night at Canyon High School.

The Cardinals (2-2) were led by senior running back Collin Keoshian, who piled up 304 yards on 24 carries and tallied six rushing touchdowns. He also caught the Cardinals lone score through the air when he pulled in a pass delivered from quarterback Colin Mayhugh for a 36-yard score in the first quarter.

"I think Collin (Keoshian) looked healthy again tonight," said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. "Our offensive line did a great job of opening up holes for him, and we also got great blocking from our down-field guys that let us break some big plays."

SCCS opened up a 22-0 lead in the first quarter behind a three-yard touchdown run out of the wildcat formation by Keoshian. The 36-yard Mayhugh-to-Keoshian strike and a 21-yard scamper from Mayhugh at the 6:05 mark made the game look like it could be decided early.

However by the second quarter, the game was starting to look like a shootout.

"That game was long," Moss said. "Probably way too long, but you can't simulate a game atmosphere like this in practice, so it's good to have a game that goes this long because you get to play with the emotions that you can only have in a game situation, and you have to prove to yourself that you can keep hitting the other team until the final whistle blows."

Mayhugh finished the night 5-of-12 for 90 yards passing, and added 159 rushing yards and a pair of scores on 14 carries.

The Patriots (2-2) were guided by a strong effort from junior quarterback Trevor Guiles. The Hesperia Christian gunslinger struck for four touchdowns, including two to Jordan Dorsey, who also scored twice, while pacing the Patriot rushing attack.

"They probably threw more on us than the first three teams we played combined," Moss said. "It was good to see a team give us a different look, and actually, we weren't really expecting them to come at us like that because it was different than what we had seen before from our tape on them."

Defensively Adrian Mosely was the anchor for the Cardinals. He had 14 tackles to lead the team, while Daniel Chaplin had eight stops along with a forced fumble and Ethan Espinosa had six tackles and a recovered fumble.

While getting back in the win column after a pair of losses was a positive step for SCCS, Moss said he knows his team still has work to do if it is going reach the championship form it showed in 2008.

"We had 10 penalties and four turnovers so we know that's not going to get it done a lot of nights," Moss said. "Still, we came out hot early, and that is the first time we have really been able to do that this year, which was probably a major part of us beating a quality opponent tonight."


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