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Canyon football: Cowboys rolling into Foothill

Canyon shuts out Dos Pueblos to head into Foothill play 5-0 for the second straight season

Posted: October 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.

GOLETA — Here they are again.

Canyon football is perfect headed into Foothill League play for the second straight year, and this time with a little more authority.

Not much went wrong for the Cowboys in a 42-0 win over Dos Pueblos of Goleta on Thursday night at Dos Pueblos High School.

The win, which was Canyon’s first shutout of the year, means it has outscored opponents 248-55 in the first five games.

It’s also the team’s first road victory.

“I’m happy we finished strong,” said Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez. “We started a little slow honestly. It was a long bus ride, but I saw the progression throughout the game and I was happy the guys found some enthusiasm.”

It didn’t take long for Canyon (5-0) to make up for a slow start thanks in large part to a defensive front that stuffed Dos Pueblos (0-6) and its run game most of the night.

After a scoreless first quarter, Canyon quarterback Jonathan Jerozal got his team on the scoreboard when he connected with Brenden Stach on an out route in the right corner of the end zone for a 4-yard score.

Stach ended up with a pair of touchdown grabs in the game, finishing with four catches for 69 yards.

“They were just playing single up on me, and we just went with it,” Stach said.

Stach’s first score put his team up 7-0 at the 10:48 mark in the second, and it was followed by two more scores in the frame to make it 21-0 at halftime.

Running back Max Archuleta took a handoff 10 yards for a score on a nifty run during Canyon’s next drive midway through the second.

Stach then snagged his second touchdown strike from Jerozal, this time from 21 yards out, with a little more than a minute left in the half.

The Chargers tried to get the ground game going with different tailbacks running option plays and reverses, but the offense managed just 112 total yards and five first downs.

“It was our own mistakes,” said Dos Pueblos quarterback Armando Arzate. “We were shooting ourselves in the foot.”

Arzate was one of four different quarterbacks that played for the Chargers. Between the four of them, they completed just two passes for eight yards.

On the other side, Jerozal went 20-of-33 for a season-high 305 yards and four touchdowns.

He also ran for a 3-yard score in the third quarter.

Drew Wolitarsky and Coley Apsay were the recipients of 63- and 10-yard touchdown passes, respectively, from Jerozal later in the third.

Wolitarsky was the top receiver of the day with seven catches for 139 yards, but Gutierrez was more pleased to see the others getting involved.

“You’ve got to mix it up, or else teams are going to be able to key on one thing,” he said.

Archuleta finished with 70 yards on 12 carries to lead all running backs in the game.

Canyon hosts Saugus in both teams’ league opener on Oct. 14.


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