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Cowboys back in picture

Canyon get late spark in win over Centurions

Posted: November 13, 2009 11:16 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Canyon running back Trent Hernandez (35) rushes against Saugus as teammate Dylan Kawaa (75) blocks Centurion Austin Gonzalez (56) Friday at Canyon High. Hernandez finished with 104 yards and one touchdown in Canyon's 17-10 win.

It only took eight weeks, but the Canyon football team is finally healthy and the result is a two-game win streak and a confident squad.

The Cowboys turned the season around and defeated Saugus 17-10 Friday night at Canyon High.

“We just had a lot of previous injuries and things are finally starting to click,” said Canyon running back Trent Hernandez. “Our defense was also healthy and really stepped up.”

That defense, which had been especially plagued by injuries, played a key role forcing four turnovers, with two coming inside the Canyon 15-yard line.

The first turnover came on Saugus’ first drive when Saugus quarterback Jared Carbajal was intercepted at the Canyon 4-yard line, setting the tone for the game.

“Anytime you turn the ball over as much as we did, it’s tough to win,” said Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “When you move the ball effectively, you have to capitalize and we didn’t tonight.”

Both teams scored once in the opening half with Saugus (3-7) taking the lead 7-3 thanks to a Tyler Watt touchdown in the second quarter.

In the second half however, the sputtering Cowboys offense came to life as the passing game finally opened up.

“It just took us a while a to get going,” said Canyon head coach Chris Varner. “We saw at halftime some things we thought we could exploit and we were able to in the second half.”

The biggest play of the game came just seconds after a Saugus field goal on its opening drive of the half made it 10-3 Centurions.

Needing a spark, the Cowboys (2-8) jumped on the Saugus defense with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Jerozal to Drew
Wolitarsky. It tied the game 10-10.

“That was a big momentum changer,” Jerozal said. “We wanted to score quick and put them back on their heels.”

Jerozal finished 8-of-15 with 181 yards and a touchdown, while Hernandez ran 20 times for 104 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys.

With 4:34 left in the game, Hernandez found the end zone from 11 yards out to give the Cowboys the 17-10 lead.

Canyon’s defense held on fourth down two more times and the Cowboys had their first win streak of the season.

“From going 0-8 to winning the last two games of the season is a big confidence-builder for not only this year, but heading into next year as well,” Jerozal said.



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