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Opportunity: Mayhugh to play big role for SCCS

With the departure of incumbent QB, SCCS’s Mayhugh steps into role

Posted: August 28, 2009 10:56 p.m.
Updated: August 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Last season, wide receiver Colin Mayhugh ran for 715 yards and nine touchdowns, caught 12 passes for 267 yards and four scores, threw a touchdown and returned a kick for a touchdown to help Santa Clarita Christian to the CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man title. This year, he takes over at quarterback.

 
Finality arrived when the pickup truck pulled away.

Steve Borden, known as the wrestler “Sting,” and his son Steven drove off to their new home in Texas.

A couple of Steven’s friends saw him off.

They helped him pack his final bags and tossed them onto the truck bed.

Had Steven stayed, he surely would have been a major factor for the defending CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man champions.

Now Colin Mayhugh will be.

Mayhugh was one of the friends who saw Borden, the Cardinals’ wingback who was responsible for 11 touchdown passes, 837 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in 2008, off.

Now the limelight is on him in 2009.

“It’s hard to say (Borden’s departure) opens a door because I love having him here,” Mayhugh says. “It’s just an opportunity for me to step up. God opened a big opportunity for me.”

It’s not as if Mayhugh wasn’t a key component for the Cardinals in 2008.

Mayhugh ran for 715 yards on 87 carries, rushed for nine touchdowns, caught 12 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns, tossed a touchdown pass and returned a kick for a touchdown.

He’ll be an even bigger component in 2009.

Obviously, he’ll get the ball more because of Borden’s departure. However defenses will be keying on two-time 2,000-yard plus rusher Collin Keoshian even more.

“He takes a lot off,” Keoshian says of the pressure.

Mayhugh may be one of the breakthrough players in Santa Clarita Valley football in 2009.

Though the attention is less on 8-Man football players, the 17-year-old wingback is one of the most electric players in the area.

He ran a 4.4 40-yard dash last season and is nimble and elusive.

“This kid is lightning,” Keoshian says. “No one will catch him. If he runs a sweep, no one will catch him.”

Adds head coach Garrick Moss: “If he really wanted to, he could play college football. He’s so quick.”

In a recent passing tournament, Mayhugh caught a 7-yard out with two defenders in front of him. He put a move on them and one of the defenders nearly fell to the ground as Mayhugh went on to score a touchdown, recalls Moss.

Immediately, the crowd broke into a chorus of oohs and ahs.

On top of his running ability, Mayhugh might have the most accurate arm on the team.

In a recent practice, he was on point with every one of his passes, even showing an ability to throw the deep ball.

Moss says that this backfield, with Mayhugh, Keoshian and senior fullback Daniel Chaplin, potentially could be better than last year’s.

Borden’s departure wasn’t easy on Mayhugh, though.

Moss acknowledges that.

“This will stretch him and test him as a leader,” Moss says. “It’s a tough loss, one of his closest friends. But it will help him grow stronger.”

Mayhugh says he would have been content with being the No. 3 guy to Borden and Keoshian and mostly blocking for them again.

But now he has a different role.

“They want (Keoshian’s) role not to be as big. It will take a lot from me to step up on offense,” Mayhugh says. “There’s going to be times he won’t even be in and it will be me. I’m going to have to do a lot of maturing, filling in shoes. I have faith in myself. I have faith that God put me in this position (for a reason).”

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