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Canyon playoff hopes still alive

Win sets up key showdown against first-place Centurions

Posted: November 7, 2008 11:00 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Canyon quarterback Jordan Adamczyk threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns while the Cowboys defense allowed 134 total yards in a convincing 49-0 win over Golden Valley Friday at Harry Welch Stadium.

If the Cowboys can beat Saugus next Friday at Cougar Stadium and Hart loses to Golden Valley, Canyon (5-4, 2-2) would earn the final playoff spot from the Foothill League in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division Playoffs.

But it's a big if.

Hart will be heavily favored against Golden Valley (4-5, 0-4).

"All we can control is how we play," said Cowboys head coach Chris Varner. "Let the chips fall where they may. We fell against Hart, so this is the situation we put ourselves in."

In the three meetings between these schools, Canyon has outscored Golden Valley 198-13.

Canyon built a 35-0 lead by halftime Friday.

On the Grizzlies' second pass attempt of the game, Canyon linebacker Logan Goodrich returned an interception 42 yards to give the Cowboys a 28-0 lead.

Golden Valley's offense showed some signs of life on the next series, though. On fourth-and-4, Grizzly upback Bino Horne took a snap and ran it nine yards to the Canyon 28-yard line.

Three plays later, though, the drive was stopped on fourth-and-11, Golden Valley only attempted seven passes in the entire game, with one 15-yard completion to Grizzly wide receiver Nick Hernandez.

"The passing game has not worked for us," said Golden Valley head coach Steve Pinkston. "Our offensive line's our strength. We tried to grind it out behind them. We had 300 yards against Saugus, so it worked before."

Golden Valley managed 119 rushing yards. Figueroa had 51 yards on 16 carries.

But the Canyon offense was relentless in the first half. Cowboy wideout Kevin Voogt gave the team a 35-0 lead going into halftime after he tacked on a 5-yard touchdown catch thrown.

Adamczyk went 17-of-24 and played only in the first half.

Voogt was the leading receiver on the evening, catching six passes for 78 yards.

Receiver Chris Rivas scored three touchdowns - one on an 80-yard run and two more on passes thrown by Adamczyk. Rivas had 34 receiving yards.

"Our receivers did a good job getting open," Adamczyk said. "We have to come out with a lot of intensity in practice for our game next week."

The scoring in the second half saw Shane Habberstad scoring on an 82-yard reception in the third quarter and Geffen Camp tumbling in from 1 yard out in the fourth.

Canyon freshman Jonathon Jerozal made his varsity debut at quarterback. He went 1-for-2 for two yards, effectively guiding the drive capped off by Camp's touchdown.


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