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SCCS puts it away early

Posted: November 20, 2009 11:47 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2009 4:30 a.m.

HESPERIA – In the blink of an eye, fans could have easily missed Santa Clarita Christian’s first touchdown on Friday night.

Seemingly just as fast, the Cardinals built an insurmountable lead.

SCCS scored 34 first-quarter points and went on to mercy-rule Hesperia Christian 66-21 early in the fourth quarter at Hesperia Christian in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section 8-Man Division I playoffs.

With the win, the Cardinals (7-4) advance to the semifinals for the third straight season, and will play Thacher of Ojai.

“We’re just excited for the third year in a row, to practice on Thanksgiving,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “That’s always a goal of every high school football player, to practice on Thanksgiving, because not many people are doing it.”

On Friday, it was SCCS all-purpose back Collin Keoshian who shouldered the early load against the Patriots (5-6).

Keoshian returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead after the two-point conversion failed.

He then poured it on with touchdowns runs from 45 and 10 yards out to build an 18-0 advantage after both two-point conversion attempts failed.

Shortly thereafter, Keoshian found wide receiver Chris Fechtelkotter a step behind the defender for a 39-yard score. Keoshian then punched in the two-point conversion for a 26-0 lead.

“Well honestly, a big lead to me is dangerous,” Keoshian said. “This past season, every big lead, we’ve let up. So this game, all I cared about was not letting up.”

Keoshian looked unstoppable at times, pinballing off defenders and outsprinting them up the sideline.

The senior finished with 230 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries, was 3-of-5 passing for 48 yards with one score and two interceptions. On defense he added nine tackles and defended two passes.

“We’re all one team, I didn’t do anything by myself,” he said. “I got amazing blocking the whole game, the line, all my blockers, Daniel Chaplin, Ethan Espinosa. They went all-out. Hardcore hitting. Colin Mayhugh ran for hard yards. He ran the fastest I’ve ever seen him run. I can’t take all the attention. It goes to God first, then everyone else.”

Mayhugh added a 36-yard sprint for a touchdown with 1:08 remaining in the first quarter. Thanks to another successful Keoshian two-point conversion, the lead went to 34-0.

Mayhugh finished with 109 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

The Patriots responded early in the second quarter when quarterback Josh Ford connected with Keifer Lux for a 22-yard score, cutting the lead to 34-7.

“We just tried to change things up a bit, give them different looks,” said Hesperia Christian head coach G. Dean Dorsey. “We knew that Keoshian was kind of spying No. 11 – Jordan Dorsey our back. We used him as a decoy and open things up a little bit. It worked for a little while, but when you have a player like Keoshian, and a player like Mayhugh, with a lot of speed — we weren’t wrapping up very well and they got the big gains for the touchdowns.”

Thanks to a 22-yard score by Mayhugh and the subsequent two-point conversion by Adrian Mosley, the Cardinals took a 42-7 lead into halftime.

Great SCCS blocking and defensive pressure up front continued in the second half, leading to Keoshian rushing scores from 24 and 75 yards.

“Our O-line and D-line controlled the game,” Moss said.

But the Patriots refused to back down, registering a 36-yard touchdown pass from Ford to Jordan Gibson, who then returned a Keoshian touchdown 55 yards for another score, which cut the lead to 58-21.

But on the ensuing SCCS drive, fullback Adrian Mosley punched in a 1-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion to bring the lead to 66-21 and invoke the mercy rule at the 10:50 mark in the fourth quarter.

Mosley carried the ball nine times for 62 yards, while teammates Daniel Chaplin and Ethan Espinosa each had nine tackles.

Fechtelkotter added four tackles, an interception and a pass defended.

For the Patriots, Mosley ran for 84 yards on 20 carries, while Ford finished 8-of-17 for 110 yards.



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