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Cardinals show off spirit of 76

Now Santa Clarita Christian must wait for playoff opponent

Posted: November 8, 2008 11:32 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2008 4:55 a.m.

While Santa Clarita Christian School was able to end their season on a high note, they are now forced to play the waiting game.

The big three of quarterback Steven Borden, receiver Colin Mayhugh and running back Collin Keoshian took care of business before handing the reigns over to the subs in their 76-28 romp of the Eagles on Saturday night.

However, the Cardinals (7-2, 2-1) must wait until 11 a.m. on Monday to find out who they will draw in the first round of the CIF eight-man playoffs.

Ranked No. 5 in the Southern Section, SCCS sits behind No. 1 Faith Baptist, No. 2 Windward, No. 3 Avalon and No. 4 Thacher.

"We've seen Faith and Thacher and we are confident that if we get them again we can match up against them," said Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss.

The top four teams are guaranteed home field in the first round, so SCCS is faced with potentially having to go on the road, something Moss said he did not mind as long as it is not Avalon which sits on Catalina Island.

A road trip to Avalon would require an early-morning ferry ride to the island and another boat trip in the evening, a fact Moss was not too keen on.

If they do not draw one of the top four teams, a coin fill will determine who has home field advantage in the first round.

With Saturday's performance, the Cardinals will be more prepared for whomever they face, getting the backups in for quality game-play experience, personified in backup nose guard Seth Taferner's interception in the second half, ending the Eagles promising drive.

The team will still have to rely on Borden, Mayhugh and Keoshian when the postseason rolls around.

"Mayhugh just just had a huge game," Moss said. The junior finished with nine carries for 175 yards and
four touchdowns, including a 36-yard score. He added two catches for 45 yards.

"We accomplished some things we wanted to work on, spreading the ball around to Borden, Mayhugh and Keoshian," Moss added. "We wanted to pass to other guys so the other team can't lock in on Keoshian."

The Cardinals were able to do just that by getting multiple rushers involved and completing passes to five different receivers.

Borden finished 7-for-12 for 152 yards and two score, including a 62-yard strike to senior Joe Grayem.

The junior signal caller also tacked on 95 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Keoshian, rushed 13 times for 92 yards and two TDs, and returned a kickoff 72-yards to the endzone.
playing in only the first half. He also completed a 46-yard pass to senior Trevor Gilmore who took it to pay dirt.

Defensively, Keoshian recorded 13 tackles and an interception.

Junior Daniel Chaplin also tallied 13 tackles and added two sacks while sophomore Ryan Espinosa had nine tackles and three pass deflections.

With all the aspects of the offense operating in full gear, the Cardinals will hope to continue the moment into the playoffs.

If they do get a home game in the first round, it will be played Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Canyon High School.


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