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Prep football: A tie is fortunate

Canyon ends with a draw after blowing 20-point lead

Posted: September 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Canyon High’s Brenden Stach (3) stretches for extra yards during Friday’s game against Steele Canyon. Canyon High’s Brenden Stach (3) stretches for extra yards during Friday’s game against Steele Canyon.
Canyon High’s Brenden Stach (3) stretches for extra yards during Friday’s game against Steele Canyon.

In many ways, Canyon football picked up from the same spot that we last saw it.

Lots of offense, little defense, poor special teams play and a wacky game.

But there was one major difference — a tie.

The Cowboys lost a 20-point second half lead only to come back to tie visiting Steele Canyon 49-49 Friday at Canyon High.

And the Cowboys should feel fortunate.

Canyon (3-1-1) led 41-21 with 3:30 to play in third quarter before Cougars quarterback Brandon Andrade began to pick on the Cowboy secondary.

Andrade tossed touchdown passes of 32, 99, 43 and 18 yards after that point as Steele Canyon (1-3-1) took a 49-41 lead.

Andrade was 22-of-41 for 447 yards with six touchdown passes and two interceptions.

With 1:51 left to play after five fruitless Canyon possessions, the Cowboys finally found their offense.

Canyon took over on its own 37 and marched down the field in a minute and completed the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Cade Apsay to Liam Cabrera with 45 seconds to play.

Apsay then went back to Cabrera for the game-tying two-point conversion.

Apsay was 19-of-35 with five touchdown passes and 333 passing yards in the game.

The teams traded interceptions at the end of regulation, and the referees met with the head coaches to see if they wanted to go to overtime.

After a meeting at midfield, it was decided that the game would end there.

But Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez said both he and Steele Canyon head coach Scott Longerbone agreed before the game that if it ended in a tie in regulation, an overtime would be played.

In the postgame meeting, Gutierrez said he wanted to keep playing, but Longerbone didn't.

"We wanted to play and he didn't," Gutierrez said.

On the good side, Canyon’s Dominic Pennucci rushed for 118 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown and Daniel Castro rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries.

Cowboy wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky caught seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. That leaves him 50 yards short of Taft High graduate Steve Smith’s state record.

On the negative, Canyon turned the ball over four times, committed 17 penalties for 127 yards and was burned by the big play all night.

Canyon’s defense surrenderred a total of 582 yards and had 600 yards of total offense on its own.

The Cowboys even missed an extra-point try after their first touchdown.

Canyon was coming off a bye, but in its last game on Sept. 14, the Cowboys lost 56-49 to Quartz Hill.

Cougar Lawrence Dickens caught six passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns, while Brandon Howard caught four passes for 161 yards and two scores, including the 99-yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter.



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