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Missing starters cost Santa Clarita Christian in rout

Posted: October 11, 2009 12:02 a.m.
Updated: October 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.

SCCS senior Ethan Espinosa (11) is swarmed by tacklers during Saturday night's game against Windward High School at Canyon High. The game was stopped as a result of the mercy rule at 48-0 in favor of Windward midway through the third quarter.

Playing without starters  Collin Keoshian and Ryan Espinosa proved costly for the Santa Clarita Christian football team,  which lost to Windward 48-0 at Canyon High School on Saturday night after the mercy rule came into effect in the third quarter.

“It was tough to execute with having to move guys around tonight,” said Santa Clarita Christian head coach Garrick Moss. “We didn’t play to our potential.”

Santa Clarita Christian’s offense struggled and  senior quarterback Colin Mayhugh was held to 5-of-9 passing for 55 yards and two interceptions. Mayhugh rushed for 66 yards on 14 carries.

Sophomore Chris Fechtelkotter had three receptions for 36 yards.

Windward also played without its key player, senior Blayr Jimmerson, who was out with an ankle injury. Junior Sam Miller stepped in, carrying the ball eight times for 228 yards and two touchdowns.

It took less than two minutes for Windward to score its first touchdown on a 10-yard run by freshman Jordan Wilson.

Windward scored again two minutes later, this time with a 35-yard run by Miller.

The Wildcats capped off their first-quarter scoring with a 1-yard run by senior Bryce Napier for a 21-0 lead.

Windward scored early in the second quarter on a 42-yard pass from Napier to Miller, taking a 28-0 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, Santa Clarita Christian drove all the way to the Windward 17-yard line, but A.J. Frank intercepted a Mayhugh pass at the 6.

On the next play, Miller ran 74 yards for a touchdown.

Mayhugh was intercepted on the ensuing possession by senior Logan Minium, setting up a 4-yard run into the end zone for Napier and a 42-0 lead with 9:44 in the third quarter.

On Santa Clarita Christian’s next possession, the snap flew over the head of senior Ethan Espinosa and was recovered by the Wildcats.Napier ran 22 yards to score the final touchdown that put  the 45-point mercy rule into effect.

“They did the same thing to us three or four years ago,” said Windward head coach Scott Napier, referring to the mercy rule.

Napier said that he was disappointed that the Cardinals’ Keoshian wasn’t able to play, calling him a “game-changer.”

“I hope to see them again in playoffs,” Napier said. “With Collin they’re a different team.”



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