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Canyon pulls away from G.V. in final 3 quarters

Posted: October 11, 2013 10:51 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2013 10:51 p.m.

On the opening night of Foothill League football, the Golden Valley Grizzlies won a battle. But the Canyon Cowboys won the war.

Trailing after the first quarter, Canyon exploded for 42 unanswered points as it defeated Golden Valley 48-7 on Friday at Harry Welch Stadium.

“We started out a little slow, but coach told us we had to pick it up,” said Canyon wide receiver Liam Cabrera, who entered the game as the Foothill’s leader in receptions and receiving yardage. “We just listened, and then reacted.”

Offensively, Canyon (5-1 overall, 1-0 Foothill) was led by running back Myron McAfee and quarterback Cade Apsay.

Carrying the ball 21 times, McAfee was a work horse as he finished with 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Apsay had 343 yards and three touchdowns through the air, and also added 49 yards on the ground on five attempts.

The senior signal caller has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of his last five games, and has also has gone four games without throwing an interception.

“Cade is always, always on point,” said Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez. “He comes out here, he’s so composed. He’s got a lot of poise, and he directs the offense so well.”

Apsay completed passes to six different Canyon receivers.

Cabrera led the pass catchers with six grabs for 143 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown reception, while Zach Cuha hauled in five passes for 123 yards along with an 11-yard score.

“(Apsay) did awesome. He found every receiver, and I don’t think he made a bad pass tonight,” Cabrera said.

An area of concern for Canyon was penalties.

The Cowboys were flagged 25 times for 230 yards.

As for Golden Valley (2-4, 0-1), the lone score came on a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Terry Tamura to give the Grizzlies a 7-6 lead with 6:07 to play in the first quarter.

Tamura entered the game as the second leading rusher in the Foothill league, but he found little room to run against Canyon’s stingy defense.

“(Tamura) is a great kid. He’s super fast, so we just tried to slow him down from the outside,” Gutierrez said. “I think we did a pretty good job of that.”

However, Tamura’s goal-line plunge was his 10th rushing touchdown of the season. He has found the end zone at least once in every game so far in 2013.

“We’ve just got to regroup and clean up the mistakes,” said Golden Valley head coach Robert Fisher. “We’ll come out and give the next opponent everything we’ve got.”


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