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Santa Clarita Christian: Running a quick rout

SCC advances thanks to a 46-0 first half

Posted: November 14, 2009 11:54 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Cardinals defender Chris Fechtelkotter (27) runs for a touchdown after intercepting a Southland Christian pass during a 62-0 win Saturday afternoon at Cougar Stadium.

The tone was set on the first play of the game.

There would be no mercy.

The Santa Clarita Christian football team advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man Football playoffs with a 62-0 rout of the Southland Christian Eagles on Saturday at Cougar Stadium.

“We wanted to come out strong from the first kickoff and play hard,” said SCC head coach Garrick Moss. “We wanted to execute some things on offense and defense to get us ready for the next round, hopefully, and we were able to do that.”

Senior all-purpose back Collin Keoshian took the game’s first snap and ran for a 65-yard touchdown. The Cardinals (6-4) attempted a two-point conversion, but Keoshian’s pass missed its mark.

The Eagles (5-5) were able to hold onto the ball and convert a first down on their first possession, but were called for two delay of game penalties, negating any progress made and forcing a punt.

Keoshian scored again on the Cardinals’ next possession with a 41-yard keeper. and SCCS converted the two-point conversion on a lateral pass to senior Colin Mayhugh for a 14-0 lead.

Cardinals’ sophomore Chris Fechtelkotter didn’t let the Eagles keep the ball for long, intercepting a pass on Southlands’ next play and running it back 18 yards for a touchdown and a 22-0 lead.

On the ensuing drive, Mayhugh had a 44-yard reception and was caught at the one-yard line. Keoshian ran it into the end zone on the next play and completed the two-pointer with a pass to Fechtelkotter. At the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals led 30-0.

SCCS didn’t slow down in the second quarter.

After Cardinal Daniel Chaplin recovered a fumble, Mayhugh ran for a 50-yard touchdown two plays later to give SCCS a 38-0 lead.

Mayhugh came in at quarterback at the end of the second quarter and connected on a pass with Fechtelkotter, who ran the ball up the left side for a 57-yard touchdown for a 46-0 lead with more than four minutes left in the first half.

Although the mercy rule comes into play when the score is 45-0 and the first half is completed, at halftime the coaches from both teams agreed to play out the second half with a running clock.

Moss decided to play his JV offense, along with a mix of varsity and JV defenders.

“No one likes the mercy rule,” Moss said. “It was great to see the JV offense out there.”

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Fechtelkotter recovered an Eagle fumble and ran it back for a 44-yard touchdown. SCCS freshman Conner Harvey came in as quarterback and completed a pass to Christian Broadbent for the two-point conversion.

SCCS sophomore Chris Marquez scored on the next play with a 16-yard run for a 62-0 final score.

Keoshian, although playing only half of the game, led the Cardinals’ offense with four carries for 100 yards and three touchdowns.

Keoshian also completed 3-of-4 passes for 47 yards. Mayhugh had two receptions for 47 yards, including a touchdown and was 1-for-1 in passing for 57 yards.

The SCCS defense was led by Gillis who forced two fumbles, blocked a field goal and had 7 sacks to go along with three tackles.

Mosley had nine tackles, while Chaplin had eight tackles, along with one sack and a fumble recovery. Fechtelkotter had four tackles to go with his interception and fumble recovery, both of which he ran back for touchdowns.

The Eagles’ Anderson completed  8-of-13 passes for 77 yards. Senior Joshua Duncan caught five passes for 38 yards and senior Scott Schork had two carries for 14 yards.

“SCCS is a great team and we knew that coming in,” said Southland Christian’s head coach Frank Gerdine II. “We didn’t execute like we’ve been practicing.”

SCCS will travel to Hesperia next week to take on Hesperia Christian on Friday.

The Cardinals won a 66-42 shootout over Hesperia Christian on Oct. 3.

“Hesperia’s going to be a huge task,” Moss said, “We got a win on them earlier, but it’s going to be different at their field.”


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