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Cardinals wipe Rams out

Keoshian scores four touchdowns

Posted: September 27, 2008 9:34 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian School's Collin Keoshian comes up with a tackle on Saturday, causing Cate High's Max Sabel to fumble the ball in the second quarter of SCCS' win.


Is it possible the best football in the valley is coming from Santa Clarita Christian School?

Albeit eight-man football, the dominance displayed in Saturday night's 50-0 rout of Cate School (1-2) at Harry Welch Stadium only adds to the argument.

The Cardinals' defense only allowed 70 yards of offense and three first downs in the shutout, recording seven tackles for loss, three sacks - one by senior Joe Grayem for a loss of eight yards, two safeties and two forced fumbles - one recovered by Santa Clarita Christian (3-0).

"We just wanted to come out and step it up," junior quarterback Steven Borden said. "The last two weeks we felt a little awkward on defense and our defense came out and stepped it up."

As good as their defense was, the offense might have benn even better.

"We know we can line up, run the ball and just grind it out - eat clock and move the ball - against most teams," Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss said. "If we execute our offense, we feel we run it very well. We have a great combination of power with (Collin) Keoshian and Borden and speed with (Colin) Mayhugh."

The powerful combination of junior running back Collin Keoshian and Borden rushed for 253 yards and six touchdowns - 159 yards and four scores from Keoshian.

"I just wanted to run the ball hard, be a good motivation for the team and come out and play hard," said Keoshian.

Borden made plays on both sides of the ball, making 11 tackles, including one for loss early in the second quarter, something not always common for signal callers.

"You just have to work really hard in practice, stay in good shape and I really like it," Borden said. "I just love football so I want to be out there every play."

Junior wide receiver Colin Mayhugh finished the game with 149 yards from scrimmage and the final touchdown of the game with just under seven minutes in the fourth quarter.

The game was called immediately following the 31-yard sweep.

"Cate, last year surprised a lot of people," Moss added. "They are a good team. It's not like they were a joke. We couldn't just walk over them. It took everything and we had to play them hard."

Still undefeated, there was definite excited among the team and fans alike as the potential for the season moves closer to reality.

"If we can get everything worked out with the pass protection and route running, we can really make a run," Moss added. "We have as good a shot as anyone to win it all."

A scary moment occurred in the second half when Cate sophomore quarterback MacKie Greason was knocked out of the game.

Paramedics were called to the field after the game.
Next week the Cardinals travel to undefeated Hesperia Christian.

"We have a tough one next week with Hesperia." Moss said. "They are ranked No. 8 and we play them out there. ... We tied them last year 17-17 here. We are going to have a hard week of practice and will try to keep the winning streak going."



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