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Cowboys QB sets passing yardage record in win

Posted: October 3, 2008 10:55 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Canyon High wide receiver Charlie Cusumano dodges around the Chaminade defense on Friday. The Cowboys won, 35-21. Canyon High wide receiver Charlie Cusumano dodges around the Chaminade defense on Friday. The Cowboys won, 35-21.
Canyon High wide receiver Charlie Cusumano dodges around the Chaminade defense on Friday. The Cowboys won, 35-21.

Put this one down in the record books.

After Canyon High receiver Chris Rivas had more than 200 receiving yards prior to the horn sounding at the half, it was record watch from that point on.

It wasn't until less than one minute left in the third quarter that Rivas bypassed Steve Lombardi's 1996 record of 211 single-game receiving yards was challenged.

Rivas was instrumental in Canyon's 35-21 win over Chaminade High on Friday night at Harry Welch Stadium.

The 5-foot-7 receiver set a new school record with 301 receiving yards and he tied the school record with 13 receptions.

Add that to the four touchdowns he scored.

"I'm amazed," Rivas said. "I just wanted to go out there and do all I can."

"He just seemed to be wide open all the time, so I just hit him," quarterback Jordan Adamczyk added.

Rivas wasn't the only one whose name was added to the record books.

Adamczyk got into the action too. He finished with a record-high 402 yards, going 18-of-27.

The senior signal caller heard the announcement of his feat after coming out of the team huddle.

"I was just trying to go out there and do my best," he said.

Even without the defensive services of lineman Chris Reed, safety Parker Sutton and defensive end Donovan Brownlee, who are all sidelined with injuries, Cowboys held Chaminade quarterback and Oaks Christian transfer Anthony Vitto to 197 yards going 16-of-33.

Canyon came out of the gate on fire.

Adamczyk connected with Rivas for a 16-yard touchdown in the opening minutes of the game.

It took all of three minutes for Adamczyk to find Rivas again scoring a second time on a 29-yard run.

Rivas scored again in the second quarter with 10:24 left and after failing to score the extra point, Canyon led 20-0.

But the Eagles would not go down without a fight.

After two 50-yard field goal attempts went unsuccessful to get on the board early, Chaminade, instead capitalized on Canyon's penalties and misues.

With 3:39 left to go in the opening half, the Eagles scored on a 2-yard carry by running back Tru Jarvis.

Canyon had an answer for that as receiver Charlie Cusumano ran for a 68-yard touchdown. The Cowboys successfully complete the 2-point conversion and Canyon was up at the half 28-7.

Cusumano would later leave the game with a leg injury. He finished the contest with eight carries for 15 yard and two receptions for 75 yards.

In the third quarter both teams traded punts and possessions and it wasn't until the opening of the fourth quarter that either side would enter the end zone.

Chaminade was first. The Eagles scored on the opening minutes of the fourth quarter on a 37-yard pass from Vitto to receiver Tim Rowley waiting in Cowboys territory.

Canyon rallied back, extending its lead with a 12-yard carry by Rivas and the Cowboys led 35-14.

Chaminade would score one more time on a 28-yard pass to Brando Tessar with 5:20 left in the second half.

Despite the win, Canyon head coach Chris Varner said the team still has a lot of work to do.

"To me it's not the end result it's the process," he said. "We'll take the wins over the records. We just have to be more productive in certain areas."

Canyon has a bye week next week and will open Foothill League action against Valencia on October 17.

Varner said the team's mentality is positive going into league.

"We just have to take this momentum and keep working hard."


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