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Short on prep time, SCCS falls to Patriots

Cardinals lose to Viewpoint in last-minute fill-in game

Posted: October 5, 2013 10:45 p.m.
Updated: October 5, 2013 10:45 p.m.
 

 

In a game that looked like two teams that didn’t have much time to prepare for one another, Viewpoint used a strong third quarter and held off a late Cardinals’ surge in a 24-14 victory at Canyon High School.

Here’s the backstory: By the time Bell Jeff’s football coach called on Wednesday afternoon to inform him their game on Saturday night would have to be canceled, Santa Clarita Christian head coach Garrick Moss already had a back-up plan.

Knowing that his scheduled opponent had already been forced to cancel a couple of games earlier in the season, Moss got in contact with Viewpoint of Calabasas head coach Chris Adamson on Monday, as it just so happened that their opponent, Campbell Hall, also had to cancel on them.

With both coaches trying to get their teams ready for league play, they decided to play each other and not just take the easy forfeit victories.

Playing against a CIF-SS Mid-Valley powerhouse, the Cardinals (2-3,0-0) kept it close in the opening half and put together a few promising drives late, but costly mistakes and turnovers ultimately did them in, against a team they needed to be flawless against to get the win.

Moss talked about the decision to not take the forfeit after the game. “We could have easily taken the forfeit win and moved on but that’s not the kind of team we are, we wanted to play a powerhouse and we stuck with them.”

Although the Cardinals’ offense was never really able to find a rhythm, the defense played well against what Moss described as the biggest line they’ll see all season. Just 4:21 into the game, they actually took the lead on D.J. King’s 56-yard interception return, which made it 6-0 at the time.

Behind the powerful legs of junior running back Dominick Brown, Viewpoint (5-1,0-0) fought back to score the game’s next 24 points, however, and held off a late comeback attempt to take the win.

Brown finished the night with 152 yards on 22 carries, including an 11-yard touchdown trot late in the second quarter that gave the Patriots the lead for good.

Santa Clarita Christian’s only offensive score came on the ground, as senior running back Derek Lewis rumbled in from 27 yards out late in the third quarter to pull the Cardinals within 10 but they wouldn’t get any closer, as a couple of fourth quarter drives stalled and as Viewpoint head coach Chris Adamson put it, the Patriots had “just enough in the tank” to outlast the Cardinals.

 

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