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Canyon downs Hart in epic rivalry battle

Posted: November 8, 2013 11:54 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2013 11:54 p.m.

Canyon's Liam Cabrera, left, fights for extra yardage as Hart's Blake Fall tries to take him down during Friday night's game at Canyon High School. Canyon won the game 45-38 to secure second place in the Foothill League.

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Put this one up with all the other Canyon-Hart epics.

The Canyon Cowboys defeated the Hart Indians 45-38 on Friday at Canyon High in a game that came down to the wire.

Liam Cabrera intercepted Hart quarterback Brady White twice in the game’s final 3:25 to ensure a Canyon victory and give the Cowboys second place in the Foothill League. That means the Cowboys (8-2 overall, 4-1 Foothill League) will likely start off the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs at home.

Hart (8-2, 3-2) will be on the road as a third-place team, but the Indians, who sat at No. 1 in the Northern Division poll for eight weeks, will likely be the most dangerous third-place team in the bracket.

They nearly ruined the electric atmosphere at Canyon High when they came back from being down 31-10 midway through the third quarter to tie the score at 38-38 with 7:42 to play in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard scoring run from Connor Wingenroth.

It was the fourth consecutive drive that Hart scored on.

However, Canyon senior quarterback Cade Apsay completed a 19-yard pass to Zach Cuha on a third-and-16 from the Cowboys’ 24-yard line.

Apsay then ran the ball 33 yards on the ensuing play to set up a 23-yard scoring pass to Alec Abbinanti to give Canyon the 45-38 lead.

The Cowboys’ defense had to withstand the duo of White and wide receiver Trent Irwin down the stretch.

White was 39-of-55 for 415 yards, three touchdowns (all to Irwin who caught 10 passes for 136 yards) and three interceptions.

Israel Cabrera made the first interception and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

However, it was the last interception that did the Indians in.

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