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Cardinals unleash first-half fury

SCCS’ Keoshian accounts for 7 total touchdowns in win over Lions

Posted: October 31, 2009 10:36 p.m.
Updated: November 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.

SCCS' Colin Mayhugh (5) follows Adrian Mosley (32) as they run against L.A. Lutheran on Saturday at First Lutheran High School. The Cardinals won 54-6.

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Santa Clarita Christian football kept the scorekeeper busy on Saturday.

He had to constantly get up, stand on a table and then reach up to hang points on the visitors' side, as the Cardinals routed Los Angeles Lutheran 54-6 at First Lutheran High School.

However, the efforts of Cardinals all-purpose back Collin Keoshian and co. made it a half-day, as the game was called due to the mercy rule shortly before halftime when a second player went down injured for the Lions.

Keoshian capped off the Cardinals' opening drive with a 35-yard touchdown run down the left sideline, shedding a pair of would-be tacklers and scampering into the end zone.

The Lions (5-3, 0-2) denied the extra-point run, but it would be their last big stop of the day.

Two plays after L.A. Lutheran's next drive, running back Clark Matthew fumbled, giving SCCS (4-4, 2-0) the ball right back.

Cardinals' running back Colin Mayhugh's 20-yard run on the ensuing possession set up a 12-yard pass from Keoshian to Chris Fechtelkotter that gave SCCS a 12-0 lead. Keoshian charged in untouched for the extra point and the rout was on.

"(Keoshian's) a man playing against boys," said L.A. Lutheran head coach Tony Eubelhardt. "He's a big kid. He's much bigger than he looks. We were trying to tackle him up high and he was stiff-arming people. ... He's a great player."

The Lions fumbled again two plays into their third drive of the first quarter.

Keoshian made them pay with a 15-yard scoring run, plowing through a defender on his way to the goal line.

Keoshian said it was because he was shifting gears, but a poor first-half of tackling made the decision-making process a little easier for him.

"My decision was either to juke (the defender), run him over or possibly jump over him, but I think that at the last second I just chose to run him over," Keoshian said of his second touchdown.

Keoshian also added a pair of runs from 17 and 27 yards for 12 more points, then threw a touchdown pass to a wide-open Ethan Espinosa, making the score 38-0.

After the Lions' lone score - a screen pass that was nearly broken up in the backfield before running back Chad Stitcher scrambled 50 yards to the end zone - Keoshian added another touchdown pass, this one to Mayhugh to cap off the Cardinals' scoring.

Keoshian finished with five carries for 93 rushing yards and four touchdowns and was 5-of-5 in the air for 100 yards and three passing scores. Mayhugh tallied five catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.

"We were well prepared," Keoshian said. "All of our guys were back and healthy, so we just brought it 100 percent."

SCCS head coach Garrick Moss said the game was a good opportunity, albeit a shortened one, to test out a few players who hadn't received as much playing time.

Moss said it would be important leading up to next week's game, which could weigh heavily on the fate of the Heritage League championship.

"We've never won the league title outright," he said. "Faith (Baptist) has always won it, or in years past some other schools have won it. We're just excited to be in a position to play for a league title. ... We have a great rivalry."

The Cardinals play Faith Baptist at Canyon High on Nov. 7 in a matchup of two teams unbeaten in league play.


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