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Canyon blitzed by Buena

Bulldogs score three touchdowns in the second quarter to nullify a strong start by the Cowboys

Posted: October 9, 2009 11:56 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Canyon running back Trent Hernandez, right, breaks through the arm tackle of a Buena defender during the first half Friday at Canyon High.

 
For one quarter Friday, it looked like Canyon was going to snap its four-game winless streak.

But then Buena’s balanced offense struck for three touchdowns in the second quarter to break open a 34-12 victory for the Bulldogs at Canyon High School.

Buena was led by a strong performance from quarterback Robert Munoz, who completed 17-of-25 passes for 229 yards, and a pair of rushing touchdowns from running back Kendrick Mathis.

It was the Bulldogs’ defense, however, that dominated the game.

“We came into this game with the idea that we wanted to stop their passing game, and our defense did a great job of that,” said Buena head coach Cliff Farrar. “We also got some strong play in our secondary from Jarrod Burton, and Esteban Mejia was really solid for us in the middle of the field defensively.”

The Bulldogs (4-1) opened the scoring at the 6:21 mark of the first quarter with a 30-yard field goal from Drew Jacobs after a Matt Arve interception gave Buena possession on the Canyon 43-yard line.

The Cowboys (0-5) turned the ball over three times.

“We can’t turn the ball over like we did tonight and expect to win,” said Canyon head coach Chris Varner. “We are a young team, so we know we need to grow, but we are still making too many mistakes and giving up too many big plays.”

Canyon took its only lead of the game when Josh Telles broke through for a touchdown run from a yard out with 12 seconds left in the first quarter. The Cowboys could not convert the extra point, however, leaving the score at 6-3.

“We came out and played well, but then we just couldn’t keep from making the errors that we keep making,” Telles said. “That is still the weakest part of our team right now. I know this team can compete, but we need to find ways to play the way we are capable of.”

Buena regained the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run from Mathis to make it a 10-6 with 6:53 left before halftime.

Munoz then hit Chase Smith for a 48-yard touchdown two minutes later to push the lead to 17-6.

Smith hauled in his second touchdown reception with 39 seconds left in the half, reaching the end zone from 20 yards out to give the Bulldogs an 18-point lead at the intermission.

Jacobs kicked a 42-yard field goal midway through the third to push the lead to 27-6.

Canyon answered with a quarterback keeper from a yard out, but the Cowboys again could not convert the extra point due to a high snap, leaving the score 27-12 with 1:38 to go in the third quarter.

Mathis concluded the scoring on the evening when he capped an eight-minute drive with 1-yard touchdown run with 5:30 left.

Mathis finished with 69 yards on 16 rushes, while Trent Hernandez led the Cowboys’ ground game with 77 yards on 13 carries.

Shane Habberstad paced Canyon with five receptions for 62 yards, while Jonathan Jerozal finished his night 14-for-18 and 141 yards passing.

Smith finished the night with a game-high 113 yards receiving for Buena.

“Games like tonight can be tough,” Varner said. “Still, we have grown from where we were when we started the season. It’s not going to get easier now that we are in league play, and we know we still have to get better, but hopefully this is another night that we can use to improve.”

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