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Lancers pick apart Canyon defense

Thousand Oaks quarterback Bollar accounts for six total touchdowns

Posted: September 25, 2009 11:53 p.m.
Updated: September 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Canyon wide receiver Shane Habberstad (10) drags Thousand Oaks' Mark Lister for extra yardage Friday at Harry Welch Stadium at Canyon High.

Thousand Oaks and Canyon each carried an 0-2 record into Friday’s contest, but the Lancers proved to be superior by night’s end.

An injury-ravaged Cowboys defense fell behind 28-7 at halftime before losing 49-28 at Canyon High School.

Canyon head coach Chris Varner saw positive signs moving forward, but plenty of room for improvement.

“We started off slow, made some mistakes and got ourselves in a hole early,” Varner said. “We just have to keep moving forward.”

Lancer quarterback Avondre Bollar carved up the Cowboys (0-3) for two passing touchdowns before Canyon could manage a first down, and picked apart the Cowboys secondary for most of the night, finishing 14-of-20 for 310 yards, five passing touchdowns and quarterback sneak for another score.

Canyon sophomore quarterback Jonathan Jerozal quickly rallied his team and led a six-minute, 85-yard drive culminating in a quarterback sneak from two yards out to make the score 14-7, but it was as close as Canyon could get.

Jerozal was one of the few positives for the Cowboys, and was the driving force for Canyon’s offense all night.

He finished with 25-of-37 passes completed for 336 yards and three touchdowns.

“(Jerozal) has a bright future,” Varner said. “You couldn’t have expected anything better out of him.”

Varner didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, but the efficacy of the Lancers’ passing attack showed how much losing two starting defensive backs can hurt a team.

The Lancers (1-2) responded to Canyon’s first scoring drive with Bollar throwing a 63-yard pass to wide receiver Bobby Mullaney less than a minute later to make it 21-7.

On Canyon’s next possession, a Cody Marinos fumble resulted in Bollar making a quarterback sneak of his own, leaving the Cowboys trailing by three scores at the half.

Thousand Oaks took advantage of a short field thanks to an out-of-bounds kickoff and quickly drove down the field to open the second half. Running back Dillon Tunney capped the drive by scoring on a 35-yard run.

After a stalled drive by the Cowboys, Bollar threw another touchdown pass on the next play and the Lancers led 42-7 a few minutes into the third quarter.

Canyon began to put together a few scoring drives. Jerozal found wide receiver Shane Habberstad for a six-yard touchdown pass to make it 42-14.

A couple drives later, Jerozal found Habberstad again to make it 42-21.

With that, the Lancers’ starters returned, and Bollar led a quick drive that resulted in Thousand Oaks’ seventh touchdown, a five-yard run by Dillon Tunney to make the score 49-21.

The Cowboys had one more scoring drive left, and Jerozal found Habberstad a third time in the end zone for Canyons’ final score.



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