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SCCS rallies in the fourth quarter, but can’t catch Chadwick

Posted: August 31, 2013 11:14 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2013 11:14 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian defenders Derek Lewis, left, and Jake Harer, right, bring down Chadwick running back Cameron Bartlett for a loss on Saturday night at Canyon High School. Chadwick won 26-14.

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The Santa Clarita Christian football team scored on plays of 66 and 58 yards over the final two drives of their season opening contest against Chadwick High School of Palos Verdes. The only problem was that those two scores accounted for the Cardinals only offensive output of the night and it proved to be too little, too late, as they fell by a score of 26-14 at Canyon High School on Saturday night.

You can’t expect perfection in week one, but the Cardinals (0-1) couldn’t find any sort of rhythm in the opening half, as they took untimely penalties, gave up far too many third and fourth down conversions, and didn’t complete a pass until nearly four minutes into the third quarter.

Head coach Garrick Moss put it simply, “the hole we dug ourselves in the first half was just too deep.”

Holes seemed to be the theme of the night, as Chadwick’s noticeably larger offensive line carried play in the opening half, giving its pair of senior quarterbacks plenty of time in the pocket and offering them lanes when it came time to pull the ball down and run.

Peter Mavredakis, a 220-pound bulldozer, who ran the option for the Dolphins, quickly gave credit to the big guys up front. “They were opening up holes all night, and it made it very easy to run through them,” he said. “(SCCS) has a lot of talented players that go both ways and we seemed to wear them down.”

Mavredakis finished the night with 100 yards on 24 carries and also threw for 44 yards and a score, while Cole Freeman, who is more of a pure p`asser, tossed for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Each had fantastic games, but neither compared to wide receiver Cameron Bartlett, who scored all four touchdowns for the visitors, catching balls from each quarterback, one from 12 and another from 22 yards out and using his legs to carry the ball in from five and six yards.

Moss disagreed with the notion that his defense wore down as the game went along, “It was not the best of starts but I’m proud of the way we fought back late and controlled the second half. It shows our conditioning level and what we can really expect from this team moving forward.”

The Cardinals had their chances to pull close much earlier in the second half but were stonewalled three times from the 2-yard line midway through the third quarter, before quarterback Jonathan Saavedra was picked off in the end zone.

They were finally able to get on the board on Kameron Carroll’s 66-yard touchdown trot just over a minute into the fourth quarter, which was followed by a Derek Lewis two-point conversion.

On the ensuing Chadwick drive, a fired-up Cardinals defense pushed their opponent into a fourth-and-lon,g but just as they did all night — Chadwick was 5-of-6 on fourth down conversions — the Dolphins pushed forward and put the game away on Bartlett’s 12-yard touchdown grab with 3:14 left in regulation.

Although Moss had some positives to take form the game, his senior runningback Derek Lewis was not as upbeat.

“There’s not much to say,” Lewis said. “It was just bad all around and we’re going to have a lot of things to work at in practice this week.”

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