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Canyon’s ride ends at Moorpark

Posted: November 20, 2009 11:50 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2009 4:30 a.m.

MOORPARK — Likely the craziest season in Canyon football’s 41-year history ended Friday night in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.

The Cowboys ran into a defensive buzzsaw and lost 30-0 to Moorpark at Moorpark High.

“They’re big, definitely big,” said Canyon sophomore quarterback Jonathan Jerozal. “We started to get it rolling in the second half. It almost worked, but they’re a good team.”

Through the first three quarters, Canyon managed just 114 total yards.

But in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys (2-9) pushed deep into Musketeers territory, each time turning the ball over.

Jerozal threw two interceptions, each to Moorpark’s A.J. Dettorre.

“It’s been able to allow us at times to be inconsistent on offense,” said Moorpark head coach Tim Lins of his defense. “And it has allowed us good field position.”

That was a major key Friday night.

Canyon’s defense turned Moorpark (10-1) away on its first drive, but the Cowboys offense sputtered and the Musketeers’ average starting field position on their next three drives was their own 42-yard line.

Moorpark cashed in all three drives with touchdowns.

Running back Austin Edmonson scored from 9 yards out midway through the first quarter to put the Musketeers up 7-0.

A blocked punt safety gave them a 9-0 lead, then Edmonson punched it in from the 1-yard line to give Moorpark a 16-0 lead with 1:07 to play in the opening frame.

Edmonson played the first half only and ran for 90 yards on 10 carries.

Moorpark took a 23-0 lead into halftime with a 13-yard run from Tyler Peterson in the second quarter.

Peterson scored on a 5-yarder with 4:02 to play in the third quarter, giving the Musketeers the 30-0 lead.

Canyon’s two biggest offensive plays came off screen passes.

Jerozal connected with running back Trent Hernandez on a 32-yarder and Vincent Rodriguez on a 32-yarder. Jerozal was 11-of-25 for 161 yards.

Yet Canyon couldn’t get on the scoreboard.

Nonetheless, it was a positive that the Cowboys got into the postseason.

Their 0-8 start was the worst in team history.

They battled injuries all year long.

“I expected a lot more,” said senior lineman Shane Moniz. “But we dealt with it. No matter what our record was, we got (head coach Chris) Varner to his first playoff.”

Canyon got into the postseason after tying for third place in the Foothill League and winning a coin flip over Saugus and West Ranch last Friday.

Maybe the luck is turning.

“We have a lot of kids coming back,” said the third-year head coach Varner. “We’ll have 14 or 15 (returning starters). I’m excited.”

Moorpark will play Adolfo Camarillo next Friday. The Scorpions beat Arroyo Grande 35-7.



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