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Prep football: An old-fashioned Cowboy shootout

Teams combine for 104 points as both offenses trade touchdowns throughout the second

Posted: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

By Jon Stein

Signal Staff Writer

It’s fitting that Canyons game against Central Section foe Clovis West came down to one defensive stop.

After all, the two offense had been trading touchdowns for almost four quarters and defensive stops were becoming scarcer by the minute.

With the game hanGing in the balance, the Golden Eagles moved deep into Cowboys’ territory with under a minute left and Canyon up eight points.

This time, Canyon came through with the stop, preserving a 56-48 win on the road at Buchanan High School.

“The team played their hearts out and (Clovis West) has a fantastic running game,” Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez said. “It was a shootout all night. Our offense did well, we were hoping to make a stop for them.”

It would have been easy for Canyon to use its 203 miles drive from Canyon High School to Buchanan High School as an excuse to come out sluggish.

But the Cowboys, at least offensively, were anything but, as quarterback Cade Apsay picked apart the Golden Eagles.

“Absolutely, the drive was great,” Gutierrez said. “It was a beautiful day. The kids came out fired up to play football.”

It wasn’t all so appealing for the Cowboys, though, who were happy to escape with the win, despite a lackluster performance on defense.

“You want to make stops, that’s the goal for the defense,” Gutierrez said. “But sometimes it’s not happening. I love these games. This is what you prepare for.”

While Apsay showed the poise under center that won him the starting job this summer, spreading the ball around and throwing for 311 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-33 attempts, the defense allowed the Golden Eagles’  Tayler Bustamante to run wild.

Bustamante scored on a reception of 17 yards, and runs of 38 and 57 yards in the game.

“He was awesome,” Gutierrez said. “They had multiple backs that actually performed. They came at you in different ways.”

Fortunately for the Cowboys, Apsay was even better.

“Fantastic. Cade came in and took control and executed the offense and spread the ball around to a number of athletes,” Gutierrez said. “The boys just preformed, Cade did an exceptional job.”

The Golden Eagles continued to apply pressure late in the game, with Canyon taking a 49-42 lead midway through the fourth quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Apsay to Jesse Gutierrez.

But Clovis West responded, pulling within one on a five-yard touchdown run by Alex Green, before the Golden Eagles missed a close two-point conversion attempt.

On the next possession, running back Daniel Castro took the handoff and went 57 yards for a 56-48 lead to set the final score.

The Cowboys just needed one more stop — and they got it.

Canyon will be on the road again next week, when it travels to play Knight at 7 p.m. Friday.


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