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Prep football: Canyon lets the weapons loose

The Cowboys score early and often in win against Wildcats

Posted: October 29, 2010 11:50 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

West Ranch simply had no answer for the up-tempo Canyon offense Friday night at Harry Welch Stadium.

The Cowboys scored early and often on their way to a 59-38 victory over the Wildcats.

“We just know we have too many weapons, and you can’t stop all of us,” said Canyon running back Darius Rudolph.

Canyon (7-1, 2-1) punted only twice in the game and scored on nine of its 12 possessions, including eight touchdowns.

“I feel pretty confident in our offense, but we just want to see them play a little more consistent on both sides of the ball,” said Cowboys head coach Chris Varner.

For a while, West Ranch (4-4, 1-2) was moving the ball just as easily as Canyon.

After Canyon went up 7-0 on a 10-yard Rudolph scoring run, West Ranch quickly answered with a seven-play, 91-yard drive finished by a 2-yard run by tailback Quaid Willis early in the first quarter.

It was Willis’ only touchdown of the day, but he finished with 137 yards on 16 carries.

The Wildcats were again gaining ground quickly on their next possession, but quarterback Connor Eichten threw a ball that bounced off the hands of intended wide receiver Eric Bertuch and into the hands of Canyon defensive back Max Archuleta.

The Cowboys led 14-7 at the time, but a 14-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Jonathan Jerozal to T.J. Yonkers on the very next play put them up 21-7 late in the first.

Canyon never trailed in the game, and at that point, they were off to the races.

“I thought that was a great momentum changer for us and those are the types of plays we’re always trying to make,” Varner said of the interception.

The pass to Yonkers was one of four touchdowns thrown by Jerozal, who went 15-of-26 for 230 yards, 205 of which came in the first half.

He threw two scores of 13 and 11 yards in the first half to Drew Wolitarsky, who led all receivers in the game with seven catches for 116 yards.

His final touchdown was delivered to Rudolph, who snagged it with one hand along the sideline for a 24-yard touchdown with six minutes to play in the second quarter.

It was his only reception of the day, but he did most of his damage by gaining 176 yards on 23 carries along with three rushing touchdowns.

“They’ve got too many weapons for us to stop, I’ll say that,” said West Ranch head coach Sean O’Brien.

In response, the Wildcats started attempting onside kicks to get the ball back, beginning in the second quarter when they trailed 31-14.

The plan didn’t work, and Canyon took advantage, leaping to a 38-17 halftime lead.

“Voluntarily giving them the ball at that point would be signing our death warrant,” O’Brien said.

In short, the Wildcats didn’t want to give up the ball, especially because they were running the ball well throughout the game.

Running back Andres Gutierrez added to Willis’ total with 134 yards on 21 carries of his own.

He crossed the goal line once with a 2-yard score in the third quarter.

At that point, it was already too little, too late.

“I don’t think we’re going to go out thinking we can outscore anyone, but with all our weapons, that’s just kind of what happens,” Rudolph said.

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