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Canyon ties record with easy road victory

Posted: September 13, 2008 12:01 a.m.
Updated: November 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.

GRANADA HILLS - It took all of 54 seconds to get Canyon on the scoreboard. It didn't take much longer for the game to get out of hand.

The Cowboys scored on their first four possessions, jumped out 27 point lead with 3:04 remaining in the first quarter, led by 48 at halftime, and went on to rout Granada Hills 54-6 at John Elway Stadium in Granada Hills.

Granted, this wasn't exactly the type of competition Canyon would face in the CIF playoffs, but it was the type of football second year Canyon coach Chris Varner hoped to see from his team.

After losing the last two games in 2007 and the opener in 2008, the win was a boost of confidence.

"We were tired of losing, we wanted to win bad," said senior running back Geffen Camp.

Everyone got in on the fun. Jordan Adamczyk was 6-for-9 for 159 yards with three touchdowns to three different receivers, Camp rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on ten carries, and Chris Rivas caught three balls for 63 yards and a score in addition to a 25 yard touchdown run.

Trent Hernandez, who didn't get a touch against Bakersfield last week, had 11 carries for 98 yards before an injury sidelined him midway through the third quarter.

Listed at 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, Hernandez broke tackles and got into the open field offensively, and also had a bone-jarring hit on special teams where he spent most of his time against Bakersfield.

Varner told Hernandez he'd be seeing the ball before the game, and the unassuming sophomore's first thought when he lined up in the backfield: "don't mess up."

As for his first touchdown, he called it a "relief."

"He's worked hard in practice and it paid off for him," Varner said.

Hernandez, who was on his way to the hospital for X-rays after the game, and the offense scored on seven of its first eight possessions.

The only first down the defense allowed in the first half was on a facemask penalty and Granada Hills didn't get to midfield until a little over three minutes left in the game.

On the heels of a comeback fallen short against Bakersfield, Canyon(1-1) left no doubt versus the Highlanders (1-1).

"Last week was the first time a lot of these kids have hit in a year against someone other than themselves so it was a bit of a wake up call for them," Varner said. "I was pleased to see them bounce back from what was a great Bakersfield team and handle a good Granada team."

The Cowboys outgained Granada Hills in yards 342-47 in the first half.

Adamczyk stayed in for the duration but that was only to hand off the ball in the second half, when the teams mutually agreed to play with a running clock.

"We have a lot of good offensive players that are multi-dynamic guys that can do anything," said Camp who's starting in place of Antonio Brey. "We did a lot of good things."

As for Bray, Varner is still taking a wait-and-see approach though he said he is hopeful that the CIF will clear his running back to be eligible soon. Bray transferred from Alemany after playing his freshman year on Canyon's junior varsity team.|

Camp and Hernandez were just fine in his place, though averaging over 8.5 yards a carry.

The only question facing Canyon coach Chris Varner this time was when to put in the second team.

"The offense was already going good but the defense this game just stepped up and did everything they could," Camp said.

A touchdown with zeros remaining on the clock spoiled Canyon's shutout. The ball thrown by Joseph Moulton was tipped and then caught.

Still, the score didn't rain on Canyon's parade.

"It kind of puts us back on the right track," Hernandez said.

Extra Point: Extra point: Junior lineman Donovan Brownlee, who had two tackles, was carried off and taken to a hospital by ambulance with a leg injury he sustained with 20 seconds left in the first half... "That kid was having a heck of a game, he's worked so hard, he did everything we wanted him to do, and it's just unfortunate," Varner said. "Hopefully it's not too bad, but we don't know at this point."


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