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Santa Clarita Christian Year in Review: Handling hype

Posted: June 28, 2010 10:17 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian striker Kayla Gale paced the Cardinals' offense during the final season of her superb career.

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Pressure brings out either the worst in players or the absolute best.

Given that Santa Clarita Christian was favored to repeat as CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man football champions, it would be easy to assume that the newfound expectations intimidated the Cardinals.

Such was not true, as the Cardinals would ride BYU-bound Collin Keoshian to repeat as champions, again defeating arch rival Faith Baptist in the title game.

Just as in football, the SCCS boys basketball and girls soccer teams had high expectations.

Despite playoff losses by both teams, the play of Amanda Doty, Kayla Gale and Davion Cotterell left spectators mesmerized.

Although the prospect of a new team and a new season is exciting to fans, it can put pressure on the players and coaches.

If SCCS sticks to the principle that having fun always comes first, then whatever pressure the Cardinals put on themselves from their success in 2009-2010 can be laughed off with another playoff run.

Sept. 12
Santa Clarita Christian School begins its CIF-SS Div. I 8-Man football title defense with a 61-28 victory over Christian Life Academy. Cardinals star Collin Keoshian reaches the end zone five times on offense and once on defense while gaining 149 yards on the ground and catching three passes for 77 yards.

Sept. 18
In football, Joshua Springs jumps out to a 22-0 lead in the first half and goes on to a 22-6 win over SCCS. Colin Keoshian rushes for 153 yards and scores the lone touchdown for SCCS.

Sept. 26
After rallying to within four points of the lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, the SCCS football team falls to Maranatha Christian 50-38. SCCS suffers from the absence of Collin Keoshian, who is feeling under the weather. Teammate Colin Mayhugh comes through with 214 yards on the ground and 77 yards passing.

Oct. 3
SCCS football gains 520 rushing yards and scores eight touchdowns on the ground en route to a 66-43 win over Hesperia. Collin Keoshian returns from an injury to rush for 320 yards and six touchdowns, while teammate Colin Mayhugh adds 249 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns of his own.

Oct. 10
Missing starters prove costly as SCCS football gets shut out by Windward 48-0. An early surge in the first half puts Windward up 28-0, and the Wildcats are able to pull out the stops on defense from there.

Oct. 24
SCCS football posts an impressive 56-0 victory over Hillcrest in the Heritage League opener. Collin Keoshian’s offensive display of 207 total yards and four touchdowns and the stout Cardinals defense lead to the game being called at halftime by way of the mercy rule.

Oct. 31
SCCS football improves to 2-0 in league and 5-4 overall with a 54-6 victory over Los Angeles Lutheran. After a second injury claims one of L.A. Lutheran’s starters, the game is called due to the mercy rule shortly before halftime.

Nov. 7
SCCS football captures its first outright league title by defeating Faith Baptist 40-34. The win is due in large part to the performance of Collin Keoshian, who rushes for 175 yards and four touchdowns.

Nov. 10
SCCS girls volleyball (10-7) overcomes the long road trip to defeat Shandon 3-0 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VAA playoffs. Up two games, SCCS is able to overcome an 8-0 deficit to capture the match in straight games.

Nov. 12
Despite leading the match at one point 2-1 in games, the SCCS girls volleyball team exits the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VAA playoffs after losing to Hesperia Christian 3-2.

Dec. 2
SCCS girls soccer sneaks past Mission in the final minutes to win 2-1. Amanda Doty assists both goals for the Lady Cardinals while Carli Broadbent makes seven saves.

Dec. 5
SCCS football (9-4) repeats as CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man Football champions with a 38-22 victory over rival Faith Baptist. In his final game as a Cardinal, Collin Keoshian rushes for 118 yards and four total touchdowns. SCCS establishes a 24-0 lead, then manages to hold off a late Faith rally to defeat its rival in the title game for the second year in a row.

Dec. 8
SCCS girls soccer finds its offense in a 5-0 win over Desert. Four different players score for the Cardinals, who also successfully stymie their opponents on defense.

Dec. 10
SCCS boys basketball (4-1) rides a Davion Cotterell triple-double to a 54-32 win over West Valley Christian. Cotterell records 26 points, 11 rebounds and 11 steals while teammate Brett Ranhofer helps with 10 points of his own.

Dec. 17
SCCS girls soccer rides a five-goal performance by Kayla Gale to defeat Hillcrest of Granada Hills 12-1.

Jan. 6
Santa Clarita Christian boys soccer struggles against Milken in the fourth match of the season 7-1. Daniel Stratton scores a goal from 40 yards out for SCCS, putting it on the scoreboard.

Jan. 11
SCCS boys basketball defeats Holy Martyrs 62-61 off a game-winning three-pointer by Brett Ranhofer. Ranhofer and Davion Cotterell combine for 49 points in the win.

Jan. 19
SCCS boys basketball loses to Milken 69-66 despite eight three-pointers by Brett Ranhofer.

Feb. 4
SCCS boys basketball defeats Milken 75-48, picking up its third straight win and maintaining its hopes to win a Heritage League title. A 36-point performance by Davion Cotterell and a 32-point third quarter are enough to lift the Cardinals (15-5, 6-2) over the perennial league powerhouse Wildcats.

Feb. 11
SCCS boys basketball (17-6, 7-3) finishes second in the Heritage League by losing to Hillcrest 74-71. Despite 32 points and 10 rebounds from Davion Cotterell, the Cardinals cannot muster a victory.

SCCS girls soccer ends the season with a 3-1 victory over Milken. Amanda Doty scores two goals while Megan Gallagher provides the third goal in the victory. SCCS finishes the season in third place with a league record of 7-2-1.

Feb. 17
SCCS boys basketball begins the CIF-Southern Section Division VIAA playoffs with a 68-44 rout of New Harvest Christian. A 16-5 run in the third quarter proves to be the difference, along with 46 points combined between Brett Ranhofer and Davion Cotterell.

Feb. 19
SCCS girls soccer is defeated in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VI playoffs, losing to Woodcrest Christian 3-2. Despite finding themselves down 3-0, the Cardinals rebound to score two straight goals of their own, yet a late save by a Woodcrest defender denies the Cardinals a tie.

Feb. 23
SCCS boys basketball falls at home to Tarbut V’torah 67-45, ending the Cardinals’ run through the CIF-Southern Section Division VIAA playoffs. Brett Ranhofer leads the Cardinals with 17 points.

March 17
SCCS baseball needs only five innings to defeat Delphi Academy 12-2. Micah Secor and Trenton Garrison lead the Cardinals by combining for seven hits, seven runs and three RBIs.

April 15
Santa Clarita Christian baseball defeats Lutheran 7-3. The offensive explosion is sparked by two-hit performances by Dillon Lawrence, Danny Curry and Ryan Fullarton.

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