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Cards finish work early

SCCS puts away Hillcrest 56-0 in blowout called at halftime

Posted: October 24, 2009 11:53 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian's Collin Keoshian (22) rushes for a score in the first half of a 56-0 rout of Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills at Canyon on Saturday.

Santa Clarita Christian racked up 307 first-half rushing yards in a 56-0 win over Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills, in the Heritage League opener for both teams on Saturday night at Canyon High.

The game was stopped at the half under the “mercy rule.”

The Cardinals (4-3, 1-0) were led in every facet of the game by senior Collin Keoshian.

Keoshian ran for 138 yards on 6 carries as the team’s quarterback, with touchdown runs of 40, 9 and 42 yards and recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass on defense.

Keoshian also threw for 69 yards on 3-of-5 passing, including a 31-yard touchdown strike to Colin Mayhugh with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter to give the Cardinals a 32-0 lead.

“He’s a Division-I athlete and a difference-maker,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss of Keoshian. “When he’s not out there, the confidence of the team drops.”

Keoshian, who has committed to play at BYU, was not “out there” in the Cardinals’ last two games (48-0 and 48-16 losses to Windward and Thacher, respectively) due to injury.

“With (Keoshian) those games are still tough,” Moss said. “But when we’re healthy, we can play with anyone.”

Mayhugh also had a 62-yard touchdown run with 3:54 remaining in the first quarter. Mayhugh finished with 114 yards of total offense.

While the Cardinal offense was marching easily down the field on every possession, the defense held the Eagles (2-5, 0-1) to 102 total yards and forced two turnovers, two safeties and a missed field goal in the half.

Hillcrest never advanced the ball into the red zone and only got as close as the SCCS 24-yard-line.

While SCCS was returning Keoshian and two other starters from injury, Hillcrest was missing standout receiver Joshua Clark and lost starting quarterback Greg Alonso to an injury early in the second quarter.

Clark has 41 receptions for 913 yards and 16 touchdowns in six games on the season, and Alonso threw for 59 yards on 3-of-10 passing before he left the game.

“If they were healthy, they would have scored a lot more points.” Moss said. “This would have been a different game.”

The win for the Cardinals comes right before the toughest part of their Heritage League schedule, with remaining games against Los Angeles Lutheran (5-2, 0-1) and Faith Baptist (6-1, 1-0).

SCCS lost to Faith Baptist 46-32 in league play last season, but the Cardinals rebounded with a 50-28 win over the Contenders in the CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man Final.

“Hillcrest is the team we needed to beat to make playoffs,” Moss said. “We’re excited to have an opportunity to win league.”



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