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Prep football: Cards finish early again

SCCS routs previously unbeaten opponent

Posted: October 9, 2010 11:21 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2010 11:21 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian quarterback Conner Harvey (14) hands the ball off to running back Jake Asher, right, against Laguna Blanca on Saturday at Canyon High. SCCS won 56-0.

It was supposed to be Santa Clarita Christian School’s biggest challenge of the season so far.

However, the team’s 56-0 mercy-rule win over previously unbeaten Laguna Blanca of Santa Barbara on Saturday night at Canyon High might tell a different story.

Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss attributed the lopsided score to the fact that it was the first game this season all the starters were fully healthy.

“We’ve got to keep working harder,” he said. “We have a lot of talent and a lot of young guys stepping up.”

The first two plays of the game from scrimmage set the tone.

Both went to running back Daniel Green. He carried the ball 13 yards on the first play and took it 52 for a touchdown on the second. A successful two-point conversion put the Cardinals (5-0) up 8-0 just 26 seconds into the game.

After that, it was just icing on the cake.

SCCS quarterback Mark Hovey hurled a pair of scores through the air to Ryan Espinosa and Ethan Vernon before Green ran for another 35-yard score later in the quarter. With two-point plays to go along with each, the score was 32-0 at the 5:35 mark in the first quarter. Many of the starters called it a day after that.

Hovey finished 2-of-6 for 62 yards and two touchdowns.

Conner Harvey came in and threw a 65-yard deep pass on a play action to wide receiver and defensive back Chris Fechtelkotter in his first drive of the game. It capped off the scoring in the first quarter, giving SCCS a 40-0 advantage.

“There’s so much room for improvement,” said Fechtelkotter, who finished with three tackles, a forced fumble and an interception on defense in addition to the reception on offense. “We just have to get a lot better, so that’s something to look forward to — working hard in practice.”

His two forced turnovers contributed to the four total caused by the Cardinals on the night. The defense let the Owls (3-1) gain 33 yards offensively on the night.

“That’s just a solid, solid football program,” said Laguna Blanca head coach Ray Robitaille. “They have been for three years.”

In the second quarter, Espinosa added another 38-yard TD reception and Luke Asher pounded in the final score for SCCS from 4 yards out. They followed all seven touchdowns with successful two-point conversions.

For the fifth consecutive week, the Cardinals played only one half due the 45-point mercy rule. The question is, will this team ever play a four-quarter football game?

“I hope not,” Moss joked. “We know we’re going go have to. We have two of the best teams in the country coming up.”

Those two teams, West Shores and Faith Baptist, are ranked Nos. 8 and 1 respectively in the CIF-Southern Section 8 Man Division I poll. The No. 2 Cardinals play West Shores at 7 p.m. Saturday at Canyon High. They are on the road to play Faith Baptist at 1:30 p.m. the following Saturday.


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