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Cowboys still looking for breakthrough

Canyon High falls to 0-4 with loss to Chaminade

Posted: October 2, 2009 11:46 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
WEST HILLS - The Canyon Cowboys headed to Chaminade, hoping to get their first win of the season.

But Chaminade would have none of it.

Canyon lost to the Eagles 38-22.

Canyon head coach Chris Varner was pleased with his team's performance, despite the loss.

"This was definitely our best game - no matter what the score showed," Varner said.

In the first half, Canyon (0-4) made a game of it, answering Chaminade's first-quarter touchdown and two-point conversion with a diving catch in the end zone by freshman wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky to cut the lead to 8-7.

Chaminade (4-0) scored again on an 80-yard run by Brando Tessar.

Again, the Cowboys answered. This time with a one-yard run by Jonathan Jerozal, who followed up with a two-point conversion to tie the score 15-15.

At the end of the first half, Chaminade pulled away with a 28-15 lead and the Cowboys never caught up.

"We got a couple of big plays and they didn't lay down," said Chaminade head coach Ed Croson. "Those kids never back down and they never gave up."

Sophomore quarterback Jonathan Jerozal finished the night 24-of-37 for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

Canyon scored with 2:11 in the game on a 13-yard pass from Jerozal to Vincent Rodriguez to cut Chaminade's lead to 38-22.

Wolitarsky had five catches for 114 yards. Jerozal connected with wide receiver Shane Habberstad 10 times for 87 yards.

Senior Daniel Hooper carried the ball 11 times for 59 yards.

For Chaminade, senior quarterback Jake Basmagian completed 10-of-14 passes for 299 yards, including three touchdowns.

Chaminade's Cory Bess had 16 carries for 56 yards.

"We were there, we were competing with them," Varner said. "We battled the whole game."


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